One of the most famous sights in the world greets you as you awake from the soothing comforts of your luxurious bed. The stunning Opera House glows a pearlescent white against the blue of the sky and the sea, while the Harbour Bridge stands majestically for all to see. The city is a palette of exuberant colours, all vying for your attention. Such is the spectacle from your room at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.
You walk the narrow, winding streets and discover Sydney’s vibrant history, and pick up interesting items at the quaint shops along the way. Eventually, you find yourself at the famous Queen Victoria Building. Delicate stained glass cast incandescent sunrays on the building’s two masterpieces – the Royal Clock and the Great Australian Clock – which amaze you with their intricate craftsmanship.
In need of respite after a long day, you return to the hotel with a spa treatment in mind. A private suite awaits you at CHI, The Spa, where you feel the tensions release and the aches wash away as you enter an undivided paradise.
The luxurious spa treatment ends just in time for dinner. You pick Altitude Restaurantfrom the plethora of dining choices in the hotel. Aside from an impressive night view, the restaurant delights you with a spectacular parade of thoughtfully crafted dishes, giving you the ultimate sensory satisfaction. Sipping the last bit of red wine, you recline in your seat and admire the city beneath you.
Relish the warm ambience and choice cuisines from some of the best restaurants in Sydney, Australia.
At the all-day dining restaurant, Café Mix, expect an international dining experience from the establishment’s exquisite buffet spread. Be mesmerized by the most outstanding harbour views as you savour Australia’s finest food at Altitude Restaurant.
Lobby Lounge serves as a popular spot for meeting and casual socializing. Cocktails, fruit juices, soft drinks and light snacks are available all day.
WELLNESS & SPA
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, offers a Health Club with a fully equipped gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sundeck.
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, is honoured to offer CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. CHI treatments are inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies. The spa boasts the most luxurious private spa suites in Sydney. This serene space enables you to indulge your senses, soothe your body and revitalize your spirit.
After a lazy Saturday at the beach, urbane Sydneysiders have a disco nap, hit the showers and head out again. There’s always a new restaurant to try, undercover bar to hunt down, hip band to check out, sports team to shout at, show to see or crazy party to attend. The city’s pretensions to glamour are well balanced by a casualness that means a cool T-shirt and a tidy pair of jeans will get you in most places. But if you want to dress up and show off, there’s plenty of opportunity for that among the sparkling lights of the harbour.
On the Wild Side
National parks ring the city and penetrate right into its heart. Large chunks of the harbour are still edged with bush, while parks cut their way through the skyscrapers and suburbs. Consequently, native critters turn up in the most surprising places. Clouds of flying foxes pass overhead at twilight and spend the night rustling around in suburban fig trees, oversized spiders stake out the corners of lounge-room walls, possums rattle over the roofs of terrace houses, and sulphur-crested cockatoos screech from the railings of urban balconies. At times Sydney’s concrete jungle seems more like an actual one – and doesn’t that just make it all the more exciting?
Brash is the word that inevitably gets bandied around when it comes to describing the Harbour City, and let’s face it, compared to its Australian sister cities, Sydney is loud, uncompromising and in your face. Fireworks displays are more dazzling here, heels are higher, bodies more buffed, contact sports more brutal, starlets shinier, drag queens glitzier and chefs more adventurous. Australia’s best musos, foodies, actors, stockbrokers, models, writers and architects flock to the city to make their mark, and the effect is dazzling: a hyperenergetic, ambitious marketplace of the soul, where anything goes and everything usually does.
Making a Splash
Defined just as much by its rugged Pacific coastline as its exquisite harbour, Sydney relies on its coastal setting to replenish its reserves of charm; venture too far away from the water and the charm suddenly evaporates. Jump on a ferry and Sydney’s your oyster – the harbour prises the city’s two halves far enough apart to reveal an abundance of pearls. On the coast, Australia ends abruptly in sheer walls of sandstone punctuated by arcs of golden sand. In summer they’re covered with bronzed bodies making the most of a climate that encourages outdoor socialising, exercising, flirting and fun.