A Weekend in Sydney With Fine Hotels and Resorts
Visiting Sydney, Australia’s famous waterfront capital city, is sure to be an amazing travel experience. Why pay top dollar to stay in one of the city’s top luxury hotels when AmEx’s Fine Hotels & Resorts program continues to offer some excellent deals? You can spend the money saved by splurging on a seat at the Sydney Opera House, or perhaps climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a guide! There’s no end to what you can pack into a long weekend here, as you will see, but first, a few tips on which luxury Sydney hotel to choose.
The FHR Luxury Hotels of Sydney
Situated on the shores of the largest natural harbour in the world, the Park Hyatt Sydney is an appropriately contemporary luxury hotel which reflects Australia’s modernity through its architecture and artworks. The rooms and suites make the most of the Hyatt’s magnificent location with floor-to-ceiling windows. Sydney Harbour Bridge towers to the left while the iconic Opera House to the right seems to be almost within touching distance.
In the heart of the historic Rocks district of the city is The Langham Sydney. Surrounded by historic brick buildings on cobbled streets, this modern luxury hotel sympathetically reflects its surroundings. From its hilltop location it offers views of the harbor from the terraces. Just steps from the old pubs, restaurants and museums, this well-located spa hotel is right next to Observatory Hill Park.
Further east on George Street and close to the wharfs of Circular Quay is the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. Well positioned for superb views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge from most rooms, the Four Seasons is a good choice for those wanting to spend time in the shops and restaurants in the nearby historic Rocks district.
Another excellent FHR choice is the Shangri-La, the epitome of five star luxury amidst calming Zen gardens. Located within easy strolling distance of the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Rocks historic district, the Shangri-La also has outstanding views of Sydney’s iconic landmarks. The Altitude restaurant, one of the 50 Top Amazing Restaurant Views, and luxury spa may just persuade you that this is the perfect place for you.
You’ll want an early start to pack in a full day of sightseeing. Turn up for a free walking tour of The Rocks district to get a feel for the history of the city or alternatively visit the free Rocks Discovery Museum to learn about this historic area. You’ll be in the right place to enjoy lunch at one of the quaint cafés in this historic area.
Walk off that meat pie and gravy (a Sydney staple) by heading down to the waterfront and exploring the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens with their exotic flora and well-established trees. It’s a great place to take photographs of the Opera House as you walk around the harbor to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, hewn in the rocks.
Head back to Circular Quay and take a ferry to Manly where you can relax on the beach, kayak or paddleboard in this beautiful location. Stay on in Manly for a casual dinner in this waterfront paradise, or head back to your hotel by ferry, enjoying stunning views of the Opera House at sunset.
You may want to start the day by visiting St Andrews Cathedral. Take a seat and enjoy the bell-ringing from 10am, or join the service at 10.30am. It’s a great opportunity to take in the wonderful architecture and stained glass windows of this historic church.
Just down the hill, Millers Point overlooks Darling Harbour. Bicycle rentals are available and are a cool way to explore more of the Sydney Harbour waterfront in the sunshine.
Sunday Brunch is a Sydney tradition, so head to Chinatown with the locals and indulge in Cantonese cuisine. Dim sum and shrimp dumplings are served in a bamboo basket as part of the set price menu.
The parallel streets of George Street and Elizabeth Street are where most department stores and shops can be found. Checkout the shops in the four story Queen Victoria Building or treat yourself to new surf shorts at the Pitt Street Mall, so you’ll really look like a local!
Having experienced Sydney by boat and on foot, perhaps a final farewell should be with a sightseeing trip from the air. Thrilling scenic flights depart regularly from the beach location of Sydney by Seaplane on Rose Bay.
At the time of writing, all except the Shangri-La have 4th night free offers. To make sure you don’t miss out on future free night special offers at any of these Sydney hotels, orother American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts, sign up for FHRNews
Originally published at www.fhrnews.com on May 27, 2015.