Has Covid-19 messed with your travel plans? Because same. It’s really frustrating not being able to travel around the world but I’m also really grateful for this time to be able to experience and appreciate my home country. It’s funny how people spend ages saving money for a holiday to Australia; where I’m lucky enough to call home. For anyone who doesn’t know, we’re not allowed to travel outside of our home state, in fact, so NSW is my oyster for the time being.
I’m not upset though; like I just said, it’s a great time to discover cool things to do at home and I’m loving booking staycations and exploring my own city. I was lucky enough to take a mini break at the Four Seasons Sydney, soaking up a little bit of luxury and lavish lifestyle. Some people don’t realise how great a staycation can be but after these many months of lockdown, I truly believe it’s important to treat yourself and give yourself a change of scenery – if you’re able to, of course.
First things, first. You might be a little wary of even going on a staycation, given the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic. I get you, I do. But I must tell you that this hotel is Covid-safe, with the hotel and its staff taking extra precautions to make their guests feel as safe and as comfortable as possible. Staff wore masks and gloves and everyone socially distanced – even the other guests. I didn’t feel any different to dining out in a restaurant normally or sitting in the park.
I stayed in one of the Full Harbour King Rooms; a beautiful, bright and open space with gorgeous views of key sights, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Royal Opera House. I fell in love with the contemporary decor of my corner suite, particularly enjoying the blue accents in the room – the armchairs and the ottoman at the end of the bed – and how they matched the beautiful blue water to which I opened my eyes each day.
I loved dining at the hotel restaurant, the Mode Kitchen and Bar, feasting upon delicious dishes for lunch and dinner. I’m a sucker for seafood so thoroughly enjoyed the Sydney Rock Oysters with a ponzu (citrus soy) vinaigrette and grilled calamari salad, moving on to either a roasted Snapper with pine nuts or black truffle and parmesan risotto for mains. I chose to truly relax during my stay and opted for in-room dining for breakfast.
There’s just something incredibly indulgent about breakfast in bed – particularly when your room offers such an epic view as this one at the Four Seasons Sydney. For days by the pool, I was so happy snacking on my meze plate, packed full of hummus, mozzarella, olives and other Mediterranean bites. The Cabana poolside bar and restaurant also offers pizzas, salads, burgers and sandwiches, should you want to eat lunch without minimising on tan time. I’m a big fan of painting the town red but also loved the hotel’s neighbourhood bar, Grain, sipping the night away on a cocktail or two. I love bars that are inventive with their drinks and, let me tell you, the honey, yuzushu and sparkling sake cocktail is not one I will forget in a hurry.
Location, location, location. This is a key thing for me when booking a hotel stay; I need to be in the city centre and as close to as much of what I want to see as possible. I know, I don’t ask for much. But, honestly? If you’re going to end up paying extra money for transport to the centre, I always think you’d feel more comfortable and safer in a central space.Anyways, the Four Seasons Sydney is close to all the great shopping areas – like I said, treating yourself (if you can) is something I really recommend after this stint of intense lockdown – as well as key sights and experiences.
Overall, booking a staycation in your home town allows you to have a quiet evening to yourself or a lovely weekend away, enabling yourself to get a bit of a reset. Explore your own city; be a bit of a tourist, dine in, dine out – you have so many options to give yourself the minibreak that you might be craving.
Four Seasons Sydney
199 George Street
Sydney NSW Australia 2000
PH: +61 (2) 9250-3100
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