March 17, 2023
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What defines true luxury in an era of travel when triple-digit thread counts and rooftop pools are the norm? What elevates a hotel to the next level of sophistication and grace?
The essence of luxury at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is in its unique perspective. In its generosity of access. In its belief in equality. In its language of love that speaks to each and every one of its guests.
The singularity of the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney experience begins as soon as you arrive at the property, which sits in a peerless position on the city’s sparkling harbour, with uninterrupted views to Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Guests don’t so much check into a room, rather the staff invite you to trust them with your stay. Little questions inform the experience you will have: your name is on everyone’s lips when they greet you; your special occasion becomes a collective celebration; your preferences are the benchmark for your stay.
In your room and throughout the hotel, such personalised focus on the individual presents itself in the little things that conversely have huge significance: special in-room dining menus that reflect your tastes and indulgent treats waiting for you; access to bespoke experiences that cater to your interests (from private tours to a pampering personalised bath experience tailored to your mood); meeting – and exceeding – your wildest desires (like being ferried across the harbour in a sleek motor boat or securing a private booking to climb the Harbour Bridge).
Such effortless service, attention to detail and resolve to deliver the moments of humanity that transform every stay into a story is the quintessence of Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, and form the guiding principles to everything it does.
While close proximity to the city’s sights and experiences is a given during your stay, it is the access that guests have to the property’s staff that is another element that sets Four Seasons Hotel Sydney apart.
The knowledge, experience and imagination of its people are an intangible value proposition, as is the time they spend on learning about your personality, your needs and what you love.
It’s in the way Josh Blake, the hotel’s chef concierge and a member of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or (The Society of the Golden Keys), puts together a bespoke historic walking tour of the surrounding neighbourhood of the Rocks, painstakingly researching the heritage of the buildings and the local characters who once dwelt there, and peppering his commentary with quirky facts (and cafe recommendations) to feed the imagination of a guest’s daughter studying for her HSC history exam.
Or the approach of Adam Lau, the manager at Grain, the hotel’s atmospheric ground-floor bar, who will explain the timbre of each cocktail and spirit on the extensive bar menu, before happily making you something completely unique after discovering your likes, your dislikes and your current mood.
He will also gladly provide a tableside experience with the bar’s new Macallan Trolley, featuring rare bottles of whisky to enjoy.
It can be experienced in the meticulously curated tastes produced in Mode Kitchen & Bar, where the cultural influences and finely honed skills of executive chef Francesco Mannelli and his team play out on the plate in surprising, flavoursome ways.
The clean simplicity of the restaurant’s signature minestrone soup is the perfect starting point at lunch (one of many pleasing vegetarian and vegan options from a dedicated menu), followed by sides like roasted eggplant drenched in a sticky miso glaze and crispy Tasmanian potatoes with fried rosemary.
At dinner, the Chef’s Coorong Angus T-bone, a one-kilogram T-bone cut of grass-fed, three-weeks dry-aged beef, represents a true five-star feast.
And for a theatrical end to the evening, the frozen Pavlova with rhubarb, strawberry and pistachio arrives at table in a trailing haze of pearly white smoke that will have everyone in the restaurant staring in wonder.
It is also in the delicious feeling of splendour bestowed by the property’s ‘bath butler’ who takes pride in the task of drawing a bath for you at turndown, imbibing the water with fragrant botanical elements and making sure everything is just so.
There are many aspects of a residence at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney that elevate it beyond the everyday, and the every hotel, including gaining exclusive access to its club lounge, Lounge 32.
As the name suggests, the stylishly appointed enclave takes pride of place on the property’s 32 floors, offering up jaw-dropping vistas of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, and out to the Sydney Heads beyond.
On a clear-sky day, sitting at a table by the window, enjoying the complimentary breakfast offering or all-day menu and endless views is an ultimate Sydney bucket list experience.
And make sure to return as the day fades to see the international city light up, with cocktails and canapes within easy reach.
The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney’s inclusive approach to its guests in residence includes even its smallest – and its furriest.
Its unique perspective on hospitality means that there is no differentiation in the sense of belonging created for a couple, a six-year-old child or a 10-year-old terrier.
Families entering their suite are greeted by a delightful set-up of a special single-bed tent, filled with children’s slippers and bathrobe, toiletries, snacks and Flynn, a cuddly koala toy with his own Instagram account (#FSFlynn); entry to Taronga Zoo to visit a real koala is also part of the fun.
As for four-legged members of the family, the Pet Paw-fection package pampers with exclusive perks and amenities such as organic treats, luxurious Australian bath products, a plush bed designed by Australian Indigenous artists, and a natural wool-felt toy, with everything from dog walking to recommendations of dog-friendly cafes available from the concierge.
In the end, the true luxury of Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is about creating a meaningful sense of belonging. It’s the simple elegance of empathy. It’s an abundance of warmth. And it’s the ever-present embrace of kindness.
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