For guests planning to really immerse themselves in Australian culture and let loose on the country's original city - Shangri-La is the perfect place to wake up each morning. After opening your curtains, you will be bathed in dazzling sunshine and be greeted with a view of the world's most beautiful natural harbour and all of its famous landmarks.
Standing regally in the midst of the Rocks district, the Shangri-La is a 563-room oasis of luxury, which is exactly what you'll need after a tiring day of scouring the shopping district's glittering boutiques for the perfect Australian souvenir, touring the famous Sydney Opera House, and learning to surf on Bondi Beach.
This five-star property boasts a range of luxury facilities and services, including, but not limited to: babysitting, childcare, laundry and valet services; complimentary Wi-Fi; Foreign Exchange; taxi, limousine, and car rental services; a florist and a lobby shop. Shangri-La Sydney also boasts two restaurants, a lounge, and a cocktail bar, as well as a day spa, a health club and an indoor, heated pool.
Food, drink & entertainment
Look out over the bright lights of Sydney Harbour whilst sipping a delicious, hand-crafted cocktail in Blu Bar on 36, all before sampling the delicious modern Australian cuisine in Altitude Restaurant. For breakfast and lunch, try level one's Cafe Mix, and for drinks and refreshments go to the ground floor's Lobby Lounge and Terrace. For something a little more low-key, ask locals for directions to The Bear, on Thomas Lane. This hidden little eatery serves a plethora of delectable cocktails and meals - dishing up everything from gourmet hot dogs to Indian-style seafood in a warm, friendly setting; The Bear is one of Sydney's best kept secrets. The Shangri-La, Sydney also offers 24-hour room service.
Sport, games & activities
Keep yourself toned through your holiday in Shangri-La's state of the art health club, or become putty in the hands of one of the masseuses at CHI, The Spa. Take a dip in the indoor, heated pool, or luxuriate in the sauna or on the sun deck. Aside from the numerous sports and recreation facilities available in the Shangri-La, Sydney is a bustling hub of shopping districts, beaches, surfing schools, scuba-diving and day tours to the city's breath-taking surrounding areas, such as the picturesque Blue Mountains and Australia's oldest wine-making region, Hunter Valley.
Gaze out of your triple-glazed, sound cancelling windows over the commotion of Sydney harbour from the contemporary decor and quiet luxury of your room, before turning out the light in the marble-clad bathroom, treating yourself to something delicious from the mini-bar, and tucking yourself into your plush duvet-covered bed and turning on the LCD TV before sinking into a perfect, dreamless sleep.
Sprawled across the South-East coast of New South Wales, between the Tasman Sea and the stately peaks of the Blue Mountains, Australia's first city was founded in 1788 by Captain Arthur Phillip, and has grown exponentially ever since to become the 12,367km² multicultural metropolis that it is now.
Sydney is the perfect destination for those seeking a holiday that is brimming with a variety of unforgettable activities, sights and experiences. Spend a day learning to catch a wave on the world-famous white-sand crescent that is Bondi Beach, or lose yourself in the shopping districts of the towering city. Take a stroll around the beautiful natural harbour by day, or take a dinner cruise by night, taking in the lit-up landmarks of the harbour while being served a delicious, world-class meal.
To truly immerse yourself in the region's beauty and history, a holiday in Sydney's Blue Mountains is an experience not to be missed. A one and a half hour drive from Sydney, lovers of outdoor pursuits will love breathing in the pristine mountain air, swimming in secluded, crystal-clear billabongs, and hiking to natural outlooks to best view the stunning forest-covered scenery stretching out below like a viridian blanket. For gastronomically-guided guests, Hunter Valley is Australia's oldest wine-growing region, boasting over 150 cellar doors. Hunter Valley's cultural focus is strongly pointed towards providing the best in local wine, food, and art; and plays host to a great number of events and festivals based around these subjects.
Sydney's weather is influenced by the East Australian Current, which is at its strongest in Sydney's summer - between December and March. During this time of year, warmth from tropical North Queensland travels down to Sydney, and water temperatures average at around 22°C - perfect for swimming. Summer in Sydney often brings temperatures upwards of 30°C, and sees the city and it's beaches host a large number of festivals, including Mardi Gras, Tropfest and the Sydney Harbour Party. If you are looking for a holiday brimming with sandy beaches, exhilarating water-sports and enormous parties, then this is the ideal time of year for your visit.
Sydney and the Sydney Area truly does have something to cater to every guest's desires. When staying in the city itself, the bank of activities is almost bottomless. For a diverse cultural tour of Sydney, try visiting The Aboriginal Heritage Museum, the outlandish Sydney Museum of Words and, for an artsy souvenir, The Balmain Markets. Take a once-in-a-lifetime whale-watching breakfast cruise, or go snorkelling with starfish and baby sharks at Gordons Bay. Embark on one of the many guided tours around Sydney and its surrounding areas, learn to surf like a true Sydneysider on one of the city's seventy beaches, or take a shopping trip to the designer outlets and glittering boutiques that line Sydney's shopping precincts.
One-third of Sydney's population were born overseas, and the city's range of cuisine reflects this diversity of culture. A different taste sensation lies around every corner in Sydney, from delicious, cheap street-food at the Chinatown Night Market or Harry's Cafe De Wheels; to a gourmet meal with a spectacular view of Sydney Harbour at Quay Restaurant - which currently sits comfortably at number sixty on The World's Best Restaurants list.
Hunter Valley is the wine capital of Australia, and many of the vineyards have award-winning, in-house restaurants. As well as this, there are several restaurants that advertise themselves as BYO - bring your own...wine, that is. This way, you can source your own locally-made wine during the day, and bring it with you to dinner, ensuring a perfect and custom dining experience.
Wander through Sydney at dusk and you will find bars, pubs and clubs brightly illuminating the streets and rooftops. Slip into the cosy Fortune of War - the oldest pub in the city - to find a wide selection of beers and wines, while listening to the live music sets in this almost 200-year-old venue. To gaze over the incandescent moonlit city from above whilst sipping a jewel bright, sugar-rimmed cocktail, go to Bar 11; located on the eleventh floor of the Four Points by Sheraton building on Sussex street.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.