Summer’s practically arrived and we’re nudging the New Year, which means longer days, balmy nights and maybe even a holiday or two.
Consider spoiling yourself over the New Year with a stay at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, a new hotel set to have tongues wagging with its opulent blend of lavish living and personalised service.
Sydney’s latest luxury property is ready to welcome its first guests. The only 5-star hotel outside of the CBD and the first Australian incarnation of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts breathes new life into what was once the iconic Ritz-Carlton.
Since 1991, the Regency-style Ritz-Carlton had been a Sydney landmark in the exclusive suburb of Double Bay, thanks to a legendary line-up of guests, from Madonna to Princess Diana. The hotel then became the stately Stamford in 2001 before closing its doors to the world in 2009.
The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay has since been transformed into an idyllic yet spectacular bayside retreat just five kilometres from the city centre.
“Sydney's newest luxury address, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is the pinnacle of elegance and world-class service – the perfect choice for creating a flawless event, building everlasting memories or just to relax in seclusion,” says General Manager Frederic Brohez.
A total of 140 guest rooms offer a contemporary oasis, all exquisitely furnished, with most opening out onto their own private balcony, awarding views over the bay, courtyard or Double Bay.
Those lucky enough to experience the Royal Suite will find no expense has been spared with a study, dining room, butler’s kitchen, spacious living area, and four balconies offering water vistas.
Certain to cause a buzz is the hotel’s dramatic rooftop pool, complete with a bar/lounge and casual dining. Guests can also escape from prying eyes in a private cabana, while still enjoying stunning vistas of the luxury yachts that dot Double Bay.
The original Grand Ballroom has been restored and has the capacity to host up to 495 guests cocktail-style, perfect for premium functions and weddings. There are also six additional event spaces, as well as Sydney’s only separate kosher kitchen.
InterContinental Sydney Double Bay has built on the Double Bay’s reputation for good food and wine by offering a string of venues certain to please even the most discerning palates. While the hotel’s pinnacle of dining is destination restaurant Stockroom, guests can also enjoy 24-hour room service whenever they demand.
Add to that the hotel’s Stillery bar, which serves a collection of local, imported, vintage and rare gins, anticipated to be one of the city’s hottest new haunts.
The coming months will see a host of eateries opening their doors on the ground-floor retail space, including acclaimed Sake Restaurant & Bar, Henley’s Wholefoods and a new restaurant and bar concept from hospitality team, The Group.