Everyone deserves to feel special from time to time and there’s nothing more special than a holiday in the style of your favourite celebrity. Unfortunately, for most of us, private islands, superyachts and outer space is not within budget, but there’s nothing stopping you from a great weekend in Sydney.
Sydney has been a favourite haunt of the rich and famous for many years, with celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Toni Collette all owning homes there. Other celebs that have holidayed in the city recently include Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as well as talk show queens Ellen Degeneres and Oprah.
So how do you enjoy Sydney like the rich and famous? Here are five star-worthy ways:
1. Where to stay: Meriton Penthouse Apartments
Meriton Apartments offer four luxurious penthouse apartments, all of which would be ideal for an indulgent break. Locations include:
World Tower: On levels 71-74 of Sydney’s tallest residential building, you’ll find four luxurious, three bedroom penthouse apartments. Enjoy your plush bedding, watch your huge flat screen TV or jump in the spa before taking in the best 180 degree views of the city.
Pitt Street: Sitting on the top floor in a split-level three-bedroom penthouse apartment, you can enjoy unparalleled views of the city via the double high glass panels. With every inclusion you could wish for, plus a central CBD location, Pitt Street penthouse apartment is the perfect spot for an opulent weekend.
Kent Street: Kent Street Apartments is home to four exquisitely decorated three-bedroom penthouse apartments. Each tri-level penthouse features a top floor retreat and a private outdoor balcony complete with stunning city views.
Bondi Junction: This top floor, open planned penthouse is perfect for enjoying unrivalled harbour and ocean views and is in an ideal location for exploring the best of the eastern suburbs. Featuring a 55” Samsung LED TV, Nespresso coffee machine and a spajet bath, you’ll certainly feel like a star when staying in this upscale apartment.
2. Visit One of Sydney’s Best Spas
We can only assume that celebrities make time for a bit of pampering on their holidays, so why not indulge in style at one of the city’s best spas?
Nature’s Energy: You’d be forgiven for forgetting you were in the heart of Balmain when relaxing inside the unisex baths of Nature’s Energy. As you enjoy your massage, you’ll be transported to a world of secluded rainforest with the spa’s dark cobbled stones, soy candles, coconut oil, shea butter and other natural elements.
Panpuri Organic Spa: In downtown Pyrmont, you’ll find the tranquil, Indonesian-inspired Panpuri Organic Spa. Among black and gold corridors you’ll be treated to aromatic candles, Cambodian stone sculptures and a range of treatments, including their signature Mali Moonlight Massage.
Fleur De Lys MediSpa: Well-known for its traditional Hamam experience, this Middle Eastern mythical escape is hidden just off Sydney’s Oxford Street. The heated marble slab, elaborate wall carvings and their 24-carat gold facial will leave you feeling like Arabian royalty.
3. Feel royal at the casino
When the evening rolls around, celebrities may swing by the casino to spend their copious amounts of cash and The Star is where you will find them. Leonardo DiCaprio, Alicia Keys, George Clooney and Joel Madden have all spent time here and it was also the venue for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA) on 30 January 2014.
The Star offers everything you would expect from a world class entertainment venue with eight different bars, gorgeous signature cocktails, hand picked wines and a collection of 120 tequilas. However you choose to spend your night and whatever games you flutter your wads of cash at, you’re bound to enjoy an evening in the spectacular surrounds. You can even get down and boogie like a star in the casino’s very own internationally-run nightclub, Marquee.
4. Dine like the rich and famous
If you pick your restaurant carefully you will not only be eating like a star but you may just find yourself seated next to one! The rich and famous love nothing more than to grab a bite to eat in a funky, hip or fine dining restaurant and thankfully, Sydney is packed full of them. Among the hottest celeb hangouts are:
Chiswick : Chiswick is a charming restaurant run by Masterchef frequents Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan and is set on Chiswick Gardens in the eastern suburb of Woollahra. Stars that have enjoyed meals here include Ellen Degeneres, Mila Kunis, Chris Pine, Ashton Kutcher and Miranda Kerr.
Chiswick is a neighbourhood restaurant that’s a hit with the locals with its relaxed vibe and great sharing plates. The backdrop is mischievous, flavours are classic and attention to detail is everything here!
Tetsuya’s: Listed as one of the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants, Tetsuya’s is one of Sydney’s best-loved restaurants. Serving French-inspired Japanese cuisine, Tetsuya’s philosophy is to serve natural seasonal flavours, while offering views over an exquisite Japanese garden.
Quay: Chef Peter Gilmore is one of Australia’s most respected chefs, with Quay winning more coveted awards than any other Australian restaurant. Using produce grown on his own organic farm in the Blue Mountains, Gilmore serves up fragrant and delectable food to the country’s wealthy.
5. Go star-spotting at one of Sydney’s best bars
Finish the night with some classy cocktails at one of the city’s celebrity hotspots:
The Ivy: Get a sense of St Tropez and mingle with the A list at Sydney’s hottest bar, The Ivy. Here you’ll find yourself rubbing shoulders with stars such as Russell Brand and Sydney socialite Ruby Rose. If you feel brave enough to been seen in a bikini or swimsuit, you can also check out the Ivy Pool Club, who’s seen celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Pink and George Michael.
North Bondi Italian: It’s little wonder why celebrities such as Lara Bingle, Gail Elliot, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens flock to North Bondi Italian – they serve up some of the best cocktails in the city! Favourites include the Sgroppino, a lemon sorbet and vodka delight, as well as their No 8’s and margaritas.
Beach Haus: So full of celebrities is this trendy club that they strictly adhere to a no-camera policy. They feel that this keeps stars such as Didier Cohen, Kendal Schuler and Julian Tobias comfortable at all times.
After such a busy day of pampering and fine dining it’s time to return to your penthouse apartment and look out at the city scape. A beautiful Sydney view is truly a gift that anyone, rich or poor, can appreciate.