It could have been just any other ordinary Tuesday on the road. Instead it morphed into a day of luxury in one of the best cities in the world.

Australia is one of the priciest places on the planet at the moment. The high Australian dollar is making it tricky to stick to a budget for even the savviest of travellers. But… we’d had a rough few weeks in Christchurch in the lead up to our travel. It was a lot of work to sell off our stuff and pack up our house. So, we decided to allow ourselves 24 hours of luxury in Sydney as a reward for our hard work. We like to watch our budget when we travel but we also know it’s important to treat ourselves. We deserved a little luxury!

So, what does 24 hours of luxury look like in Sydney? A little something like this…

 

A panoramic view of our room at The Four Seasons Sydney

Living in Luxury at The Four Seasons Sydney

We arrived at the Four Seasons Sydney mid-morning. It was only a block from the Sydney Harbour YHA where we’d stayed at the night before so we walked there… easier said than done with a suitcase, a backpack, a carseat, a sick child and a stroller with way too many bags on the handles. We found The Rocks a little difficult to navigate with a stroller, the incline was steep and the steps made things difficult. Happily we were now back on the flat of George Street so Sydney was accessible again. Check in went smoothly. We were early and our room wasn’t ready but the front desk attendent quickly found us another room which is always appreciated (even more so with a sick and now grumpy child.)

Our huge comfortable bed

Stylish surrounds at The Four Seasons Sydney

Our luxurious marble bathroom

Sydney City from the 17th floor

We had a gorgeous room on the 17th floor overlooking the city. If heaven were a hotel room this would be it – huge comfy bed with soft squishy duvet and lots of pillows, a big screen TV, space to spread out. Having a sitting area, work area and walk-in robe made our room feel more like a studio apartment (sans kitchen) than a hotel room. The marble bathroom was decked out with a tub, steam shower and L’Occitane toiletries that smelled divine. (I’m still using the hand cream!)

Wood-fired pizza from The Woods at Four Seasons Sydney

We’d had a rough sleep the previous night (have I mentioned the sick child yet?) so we decided to take a day off being tourists and just enjoy the hotel. We ate a really good lunch at The Woods restaurant downstairs – wood-fired pizza with kale, ricotta and rosemary for me and a fantastic burger and fries for Lee and Reuben. We retired back to our room for an afternoon nap, caught up on some work, ate cheese, drank wine and prepared for our big night out at Sydney’s best restaurant.

 

Dinner at Rockpool on George

We had an amazing opportunity to dine at one of the best restaurants in Australia thanks to my cousin Phil Wood being the chef at Rockpool on George in Sydney. We knew it would be good but we weren’t prepared with how amazing our meal would be. On arriving at the restaurant we were seated and asked if we were happy for the chef to simply feed us. No menus required. We were to eat what the chef thought best showcased the menu. I’d already checked out the menu online so had a fair idea what was on offer. Some of it was fairly strange but both Lee and I are trying to be more adventurous with our eating so we said yes. We ordered a way-too-expensive bottle of vintage French champagne and the meal began.

Top: Queensland spanner crab, parsley, egg, fennel fondue
Bottom: Lamb from South Australia, rolled saddle, bo ssam shoulder, celery, wheat infused soy beans and tea smoked mussels

Course after course after course we were delighted at the plates we were served. Crab, parsley & fennel fondue, tuna sashimi in housemade soy sauce (that takes seven months to make from scratch), crab with stir-fried milk, cod in a sour orange curry, pigeon with scallops, lamb with soy beans & tea-smoked mussels, passionfruit soufflé, chocolate & peanut butter ganache… stop me if your mouth is watering! For some of the courses we were served the same meal but most we different which meant we got to taste almost everything on the menu and a few special surprises. We stopped counting after course number five but I think we ended up somewhere close to twelve courses including a double dessert course!

Top: Soufflé of passionfruit with passionfruit ice cream
Bottom: Chocolate grand cru from Valrhona with peanut butter and jelly

I’m a big believer that it’s best to not know what you’re eating and just enjoy the taste of it… whether it’s five-star dining or a pot of mystery soup on the streets on Yangon. Don’t ask, just enjoy! I’d never knowingly order duck prosciutto, crispy chicken skin or foie gras but simply being served it, eating it and enjoying it broadens the mind and the taste buds. Being slightly drunk on Champagne certainly helps! I still feel a bit bad about eating the foie gras but by the end of the meal I knew how that force-fed goose felt!

 

What makes The Four Seasons Sydney special?

The differences between a great hotel and a luxury hotel are clear. It’s all about the little touches that scream quality and attention to details – a personalised welcome message on the TV when you walk into the room, a second round of toiletries at turndown, an in-room pod espresso machine. There was no boring hotel breakfast the next morning. Instead we were treated to eggs benedict, fresh fruits, housemade yoghurt and proper cappuccino. You can really see where the extra money goes in a hotel like the Four Seasons Sydney.

It’s the little touches that make The Four Seasons Sydney special

Breakfast at The Four Seasons Sydney is a special affair

Yes… children enjoy staying in luxury too!

While this is a luxury hotel it’s perfectly child friendly. Reuben got to sleep in a perfectly made up stretcher bed, there were plenty of kid-friendly channels on the TV and staff even sent him up a piggy bank filled with chocolate coins. He enjoyed swimming in the heated outdoor pool the next morning despite the rain. Even children enjoy a hotel splurge every now and then.

 

 

The Four Seasons Sydney kindly provided us with a one-night stay.

Bethaney Davies
A traveller for over ten years, Bethaney started blogging here on Flashpacker Family in early 2012. She founded the site to encourage and inspire travel and travel with small children and to share her own stories from the road.
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  • Johanna at ZigaZag
    Reply

    Wow, looks a pretty splendid place. Love your photos. Seems like you’re having a fabulous trip 🙂

    • Bethaney Davies
      Reply

      It was splendid Johanna. We certainly have a penchant for luxury but only let ourselves splurge every now and then.

  • Izy Berry
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    Wow! It looks gorgeous. I’m so in love with the bathroom.

    • Bethaney Davies
      Reply

      The bathroom was fabulous Izy! There’s nothing like a hot, steamy shower and then a big fluffy robe afterwards.

  • Reena @ Wanderplex
    Reply

    Looks like you guys got seriously pampered!

    • Bethaney Davies
      Reply

      We did indeed. We needed it though after a very sucky few weeks packing up our house in Christchurch. It was wonderful to splurge just for a day.

  • Steve
    Reply

    Great room, but the food looks absolutely mouthwatering

  • Kate
    Reply

    Great write up – I want to go there. Give me Rockpool!

  • Charli | Wanderlusters
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    I always think luxury is so much more luxuries when you feel like you’ve really earnt it. This looks stunning. We were house sitting in Sydney so fortunately didn’t have to fork out for accommodation however if I was going to I’d love to give the 4 Seasons a try!

  • TammyOnTheMove
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    OMG! The food looks absolutely amazing. All of it! If I was there I would have ordered everything.

  • Reply

    absolutely lovely bethaney.

  • Larissa
    Reply

    It’s fun to just have a self-indulgence day every now and then–and what a fabulous place to do it!

  • Sandra Foyt
    Reply

    Wow! Just wow! Both the hotel & the restaurant are the kind of special extravagance that we all need in our lives occasionally (or even more frequently!) And I LOVE everything about that double dessert!

  • Jenna
    Reply

    Looks divine. As others said, we all need a little luxury once in a while.

  • Reply

    Oh my. I love this post. Hugs!

  • lola
    Reply

    WOW this property looks amazing but then I find all Four Seasons to be amazing in one way or another.

  • Joe
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    As much a I love luxury travel, I can never get over the tiny food portions! My stomach is bottomless and, unfortunately, art doesn’t make me feel full T_T

    I think I’d have to have a sneaky burger as well 😉

    • Bethaney Davies
      Reply

      We had TWELVE courses though! I couldn’t have eaten another thing!!! 😛

  • Sam @ Travellingking.com
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    We had the opportunity to stay here a few weeks ago as well – We stayed in the harbour view room and WOW what a view!
    We wanted to stay here again on our next trip (this weekend) however the prices have tripled!! so sadly we couldne stay, we are both pretty sad, I love the Four Seasons hospitality, I’ll also miss that any time we answered the phone they would use our names! I mainly miss the incredible view!!!!

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