Whether you’re a local looking to have a self-care day or a traveller searching for a luxurious experience while visiting Australia, a DayAway could be all you need. One of the main learnings from the pandemic is our collective need to slow down, which means we have to adopt mindful travel practices now that we’re all venturing outside our own homes and past our borders. If you’re planning a vacation to Australia (finally!), here are some of the best hotels for a memorable—and meaningful—experience.
Park Hyatt Sydney
If it’s your first time to Sydney, a visit to the city’s famous landmarks such as the historic The Rocks locale and the iconic Sydney Opera House are to be expected. The Park Hyatt Sydney helps you hit both: this five-star luxe harbourside hotel is located within the vibrant The Rocks neighbourhood and offers unrivalled views of the Sydney Opera House. After a jaunt to the open-air Rocks Markets or a morning spent weaving through magical cobble-stoned laneways, the hotel is just the perfect place to unwind.
Explore the hotel’s magnificent gallery of Australian art throughout the well-appointed rooms, corridors and around the property—it pays homage to Australia’s harbour city and storied aboriginal history.
Ready to book? Enjoy a leisurely Park Hyatt Signature Afternoon Tea or recharge with a massage or a facial at The Spa.
Jackalope Mornington Peninsula
Known for its expansive coast and chic waterfront restaurants, the Mornington Peninsula is so much more than a grand beachside destination. For oenophiles, it’s noted as a premier cool climate wine region, and this is central to what the Jackalope Mornington Peninsula hotel, located further inland, offers. Here you can enjoy sunset views over the picturesque Willow Creek Vineyard, as well as a chance to savour the region’s elegant wines. It also has a double-sided indoor/outdoor fireplace and a deep-soak Japanese bath that add to the hotel’s warm and welcoming ambience.
Mornington Peninsula is renowned for small-batch producers of high-quality wine, with the Willow Creek Vineyard being one of the oldest of the 60 wineries around. While you will find most varieties being grown, the pinot noir is what truly shines here.
Pamper your palate with a Wine Immersion & Lunch tour, and experience ultimate relaxation with a three-hour Body Bliss treatment in Jackalope’s Spa.
COMO The Treasury
One of the last projects designed by the late Kerry Hill, COMO The Treasury Perth features the influential architect’s talent in mirroring a locale’s cultures and traditions while incorporating his own modern take. In this case, the striking facade of a 19th century building in Perth’s historic heart was restored, while its interior was transformed into a contemporary, opulent space. Breathing life into the resplendent structure is the COMO brand, a master at crafting luxurious experiences with an emphasis on wellness, while ensuring each property is individually curated to reflect its unique location.
Housed in Perth’s 140-year-old state buildings, COMO The Treasury is the perfect starting point from which to admire the city’s Cathedral Square development and to explore the wonders of greater Western Australia.
Opt for a lunchtime feast at Wildflower, for sweeping rooftop views of the Swan River and taste of native ingredients, or a day full of pampering at the spa.
A nod to the Sydney Observatory just a stone’s throw away, The Langham’s dignified quarters include the Observatory Suite, with impressive views of Observatory Hill and the Sydney skyline, and other regal rooms that also look toward the harbour. Should you find yourself with time to spare (and you really should make the time), settle at the Observatory Bar for a sip of their signature “The Pink Rose” cocktail or book The Langham Afternoon Tea, a beloved tradition born from The Langham, London, in 1865.
Active travellers will love The Langham, Sydney’s facilities, notably the all-season, all-weather 20-metre indoor heated pool with a “starry sky”, and convenient access to a championship-size hard-court tennis court, just across the road.
The entire hotel is an ideal perch to take in a smashing view of the city, especially during Vivid Sydney, the annual lights, music and ideas festival.