DAYS One AND TWONEXT
You’re greeted by your Antipodean Host at the airport and chauffeured to your exquisite hotel. Seated majestically on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Park Hyatt Sydney perfectly exemplifies contemporary harbourside luxury with its coveted location between the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
The perfect way to acclimate to Sydney is a day cruising around the harbour on your private charter boat, taking in the beautiful landmarks and secluded coves. You arrive at Australia’s oldest fishing village, Watsons Bay, just in time for a legendary local lunch of fish n’ chips, and then stroll around the beautiful headlands, to the tip of South Head and the red and white striped lighthouse, where you may spot whales whilst taking in the blue ocean beauty.
Back to the boat and glide across the harbour and stop off for coffee at Fort Denison. Located in the middle of the harbour, it’s a sensational spot to watch the ferries and boats zipping across the water as the sun sets behind the Harbour Bridge. The next morning you’ll climb its 1,332 steps to the top of the largest steel arch bridge in the world and take in 360 degree views of Sydney. Breathtaking.
Afterwards, back on terra firma, you’ll have time to explore the magnificent Botanic Gardens, NSW Art Gallery, and The Rocks - Sydney’s historic quarter.
You have dinner reservations at Quay Restaurant, helmed by legendary chef, Peter Gilmore, where you will indulge in contemporary, refined, modern Australian cuisine, and soak up the gleaming harbour and the multi-coloured lights of the bobbing boats.
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Palm Beach, Whale Beach & Pittwater
You wake early to a bright, shiny day and a cruisy drive to Palm Beach for fun in the sun, stopping off at some secret spots only Sydneysiders know about.
You check into Jonah’s at Whale Beach, and enjoy a late afternoon tipple, watching the colourful sunset above the deep blue ocean from this exalted position.
Dinner is a parade of delightful dishes complemented with an extensive wine list. You round out the evening with a nightcap in the cute bar and then sidle off to your plush suite.
The next day, you’re chauffeured to Newport for a day sailing around gorgeous Pittwater.
Your Skipper knows all the best serene inlets, bays and magic spots to go swimming. He’s also foraged all the best local produce for an onboard lunch that will feature on your memory list for years to come.
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Blue Mountains, Wolgan Valley
Your helicopter sweeps over rugged bushland and lands at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, an ultra-luxury conservation-based resort nestled in the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains.
Set on 7,000 acres of carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve, the resort combines absolute luxury with a quintessentially Australian bush experience.
Your beautifully appointed villa, with its own swimming pool, double-sided fireplace, and private veranda, provides the ideal excuse to relax for the afternoon. Enjoy the stunning views, and if you can muster the energy, a One&Only Spa pampering treatment.
You are spoilt for choice with private dining in your villa or enjoy the ambience of Wolgan Dining Room with the finest, freshest ingredients sourced from within 160km, with most of the produce and wine originating in the Greater Blue Mountains.
Wolgan Valley is home to a unique range of native wildlife and flora, you can choose from a range of bespoke tours and activities to make the most of the spectacular surroundings and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
Discover the countryside on horseback, mountain bike through the valley, or take the indulgent option with a Krug Picnic, a truly unforgettable experience.
You choose the Private Dining option for the last evening and gaze at a canopy of stars in the stillness of the night, and breathe in the beautiful mountain air.
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Whitsundays, The Great Barrier Reef
qualia is situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island surrounded by all the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef.
A truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses.
Inside qualia, feel time unravel however you choose. Between the two irresistible infinity-edge pools, private and exclusive bars, luxurious spa treatments, and immaculate setting, you will melt deeply into holiday mode.
The peerless setting for dinner at the Long Pavilion is a horizon edged with encircling islands, backlit by the setting sun’s rays. The fiery reflection lights up the water as twilight turns to velvet night, and candlelight glimmers. Stars of the casual modern Australian menu are the vibrant ocean-fresh flavours of the South Pacific region, innovatively paired with organic local produce.
Wake to the breathtaking views of the Coral Sea outside your window, then step from the beautifully appointed living room onto the sundeck to bathe in the private infinity-edged pool.
The magnetic beauty of The Reef’s striking vibrant coral and dramatic underwater landscapes draws you out onto one of qualia’s boats for a day of snorkelling, diving and exploring around Bait Reef, famous Stepping Stones, Paradise Lagoon and Manta Ray Drop Off.
Over the next few days, in-between reclining and dining, yoga, meditation, spa treatments, a gourmet picnic on a private beach, sea-kayaking and more snorkelling on the coral reef, you will have that feeling over and again of never wanting to leave.