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Destination Three Perfect Destinations Down Under
| By Priscilla Pilon
Destination Australia needs a good couple of weeks to scratch the surface and an entire month to fully appreciate all its nuances. Recently I visited the dynamic city of Sydney and two outstanding, out of the way locations – Hayman Island and Wolgan Valley on a whirlwind tour Down Under. Where to Stay ...
Elegant Asian inspired décor and warm hospitality are standard at all of the Shangri-La hotels and Sydney’s location is no exception. After a long travel day, I appreciated the pot of tea upon arrival kept hot in an adorable wicker hamper upon arrival. With the room on the Executive Floor I continued to be pampered with access to the private lounge for premiere guests with breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney’s Opera House and the Sydney Bridge. World-class breakfast options and afternoon teatime made my stay even more special. Evening cocktails at BLU Bar on the 36th floor are a “must do” for both the views and the tastiness of the libations served there. Shangri La’s specialties at their romantic fine dining restaurant Altitude offers interesting options, including local favorites like Rock Octopus with black squid ink. https://www.shangri-la.com/hotels/shangri-la-hotel-sydney/
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The superb location is convenient for business folks and tourists alike. Although the rooms are in need of a bit of a face-lift, the views of Sydney Opera House astounded me. The new executive lounge is well worth the splurge. Lounge 32 access is reserved for guests in Club rooms and includes buffet breakfast, all-day refreshments, evening hors d’oeuvres, a generous open bar, private check-in, a personal Concierge and valet pressing. Alex, the bar manager at the award-winning Grain Bar poured me a creative cold concoction which wowed me, a true cocktail aficionado. Celebrity chef Mark Best put forth a tasty eclectic lunch at his acclaimed bistro, Pei Modern featuring fresh, local and sustainable produce. http://www.fourseasons.com/sydney/