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Guide to a luxury stay in Sydney

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Panoramic view of Sydney Harbour on a Sydney Seaplanes joy flight over the city.

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Guide to a luxury
stay in Sydney

Sydney Seaplanes CREDIT: Sydney Seaplanes

Panoramic view of Sydney Harbour on a Sydney Seaplanes joy flight over the city.

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Sydney's buzzing city centre and beautiful harbourside precincts offer visitors a luxury experience, from world-class dining to opulent accommodation and specialised tours. Enjoy the exclusive side of the Harbour City while discovering Sydney’s best-kept local secrets.  

Highlights: 

  • Charter a yacht to explore Sydney Harbour  
  • Fly in a seaplane to a decadent lunch spot 
  •  Shop the Eastern Suburbs boutiques like a stylist to the stars 

It’s playtime 

What better way to see Sydney than from the water? Step aboard superyacht Tango, which is the largest private charter vessel on the harbour – it also has its own beach club and helipad. Or feel the wind in your hair and the sails on a skippered or bareboat yacht charter from Sydney by Sail. Spend the day sailing the harbour, stopping to drop anchor in secluded bays for a dip. 

Go backstage at the Sydney Opera House for a Taste of Opera experience which includes a private recital from one of Opera Australia’s talented opera singers, accompanied by a pianist, in Sydney’s most iconic building.  

You can also discover the city’s highlights on tours specially tailored to your interests. Sydney Privé specialises in private luxury tours and will take care of all the details, from top restaurant bookings to dietary requirements. Sydney-based art-world insider Jenny Garber will lead you around the Sydney art scene on her inART Sydney tours, while Just Sydney and Ultimately Sydney will guide you around the city by boat and luxury car. To get out of town, AEA Luxury Tours offers daytrips to the NSW Southern Highlands and wine tours of the Hunter Valley.  

Dine like a diva 

In Circular Quay, enjoy dinner at Aria, one of the city’s exceptional fine-dining experiences. Feast on the best produce from New South Wales when you choose the seven-course degustation with premium wine pairings. Or hire out the private dining room at Quay for a truly special experience with up to 10 of your nearest and dearest.  

Schedule your dinner at the spectacular, cathedral-like Bennelong restaurant in the Sydney Opera House to coincide with the special Bennelong Ensembles, a series of intimate musical and dining experiences for breathtaking music and a specially curated set menu. 

In the city centre, Restaurant Hubert offers French cuisine and jazz, while the recently reopened Monopole is a European-style wine bar at Curtin Place. For high-end vegetarian, head to Monopole’s sister restaurant Yellow, in Potts Point, less than 10 minutes’ drive away. 

For an incredible only-in-Sydney experience, book a Sydney by Seaplane charter to fly you to one of several out-of-the-way restaurants for lunch. Enjoy an aerial tour of Sydney, tracking up the glorious Northern Beaches before landing on sparkling Pittwater. Dine at Bert’s Bar & Brasserie, starting in the Champagne Bar before enjoying fresh Sydney rock oysters, caviar and dressed crab from the Oyster Bar.  

Sailing, Sydney Harbour CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy food and drink on chartered sailing vessel on Sydney Harbour.

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Sailing, Sydney Harbour CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy food and drink on chartered sailing vessel on Sydney Harbour.

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Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Signature pavlova dessert served at Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney.

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Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Signature pavlova dessert served at Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney.

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Luxe nightlife 

Sip an expertly crafted cocktail at Maybe Sammy, which appears on the World’s 50 Best Bars list. Try an extravagant concoction from the High Rollers list, including vintage cocktails made with antique spirits from Maybe Sammy’s private collection, including a 1960s Canadian Club and a 1970s Gordon’s Dry Gin. The Martini Trolley ensures the classic is served just how you like it, mixing your selection tableside. 

Enjoy stunning views of the city at sundown from Bar 83 at Sydney Tower. As night falls, you’ll see the city lights sparkle through floor-to-ceiling windows as you enjoy a glass of champagne with share plates of oysters, ocean trout tartare and premium bar nibbles.  

Shop like a star 

Journey to some of Sydney’s most prestigious suburbs, Double Bay and Paddington, just 10 minutes from the city centre. On a personalised shopping tour with Splendour Tailored Tours, your personal stylist will guide you around Double Bay’s best boutiques, including Belinda for local and international fashion and celebrity-jeweller Jan Logan — the perfect stop to pick up signature jewellery. In nearby Paddington, Parlour X offers a range of exclusive clothing and accessories from luxury brands. 

Book in for a blow out with celebrity-stylist Renya Xydis at Paddington’s Valonz. Guys can book into The Men’s Grooming Room for bespoke barbering with principal barber Aiden Xydis.  

For some extensive pampering, The Day Spa by Chuan at The Langham, Sydney offers facials, massages and relaxing body treatments, followed by complimentary use of the magnificently decorated indoor heated swimming pool room, hot tub and steam rooms.  

Sleep in style 

At The Rocks and Circular Quay end of town there are several five-star hotels offering sweeping harbour views, including the Four Seasons Hotel SydneyShangri-La Hotel Sydney and the InterContinental Sydney. For the ultimate room with a view, book the two-bedroom Sydney Suite at the Park Hyatt Sydney. It offers a panorama of Sydney Harbour, a spa bath overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge and private butler service. Say no more. 

At the harbourside Darling Harbour and Barangaroo precincts there are several new luxury hotels, including the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, which has a stunning infinity pool, and the super-luxurious Crown Towers. The tallest hotel in Sydney, Crown Towers has 14 restaurants on site and a pool and spa you’ll never want to leave. 

For the ultimate overnight stay in the great Australian bush, take a spectacular 30-minute flight with Sydney Seaplanes north to Marramarra Lodge on the Hawkesbury River. It’s a nature-based, all-inclusive experience where you can spend the day lazing by the river, enjoying treatments in the spa and finish with a degustation dinner. 

Maybe Sammy, Sydney CREDIT: DS OFICINA

Sip on cocktails at the award-winning bar, Maybe Sammy.

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Maybe Sammy, Sydney CREDIT: DS OFICINA

Sip on cocktails at the award-winning bar, Maybe Sammy.

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Parlour X, Paddington CREDIT: Destination NSW

Browse designer labels at the Parlour X fashion boutique on Oxford Street, Paddington.

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Parlour X, Paddington CREDIT: Destination NSW

Browse designer labels at the Parlour X fashion boutique on Oxford Street, Paddington.

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