Though Australia is a nation of people drawn to the outdoors, it’s easily arguable that Sydney is its most active and healthy city. The scenic backdrop certainly doesn’t hurt, with spectacular runs along the bay and historic outdoor pools nestled beneath the Harbour Bridge and along the seafront.
It’s a city with some of the most forward thinking culinary design; healthy food with varied, farm-table ingredients is easy to find, like the inventive paleo restaurant, Ester. Technology and the latest fitness techniques are embraced at the swathe fitness centres situated in Sydney; check out Agoga in Bondi before heading to the world class beaches.
Views of the Harbour Bridge: Check. Views of the Sydney Opera House: Check. Located in the historic Rocks district, the Park Hyatt has always had that precious Sydney commodity of location, but it’s taken things up a notch with a massive, 11-month, $65 million revamp in 2012. The sheen of the recent refurbishment hasn’t worn off the slick, but earthy, sandstone decor and well equipped rooms. There are spectacular views at both the heated rooftop pool and 5-star restaurant, The Dining Room, which offers plenty of clean-eating options. These are complemented by the excellent spa facilities and fitness centre with a respectable range of up-to-date cardio and strength equipment. Hard to beat.
Say you’re staying at the Shangri La to a Sydney-sider and they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. Either because they’ve been fortunate enough to stay themselves or they’ve coveted the idea of doing so one day soon. The big draw, as always in scenic Sydney, are the incredible views: the hotels expansive vistas of Darling Harbour and the cove certainly satisfy. But there are many strings to Shangri La’s bow: in-house restaurant, Altitude, located on the 36th floor, is regarded as one of Sydney's best; a tranquil, designer, indoor pool; the CHI spa, focussing on Asian relaxation treatments; and a modern gym on-site.
Built upon Sydney’s waterfront itself, this unique accommodation offers panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge and Walsh Bay from reclaimed, historic, Federation-era buildings. Forming part of the Marriot’s Autograph series, the boutique rooms honour their early 20th century roots, retaining the rustic, wood charm of the era, with artful, contemporary and chic interior design. Attached is The Gantry restaurant featuring a healthy, fresh menu that showcases native, botanical and homemade ingredients, all eye-catchingly presented by chef Chris Irving. If you’re in town for business, Pier One offers unparalleled meeting rooms, easy for your group to reach and in an inspiring locale. Once your done, the best of outdoor Sydney is at your feet.