Although Melbourne is projected to overtake Sydney as Australia’s largest metropolitan area by 2026 (squeezing by with 6.2 million residents to Sydney’s 6 million), Sydney’s spectacular location between the Tasman Sea and the Blue Mountains and its ongoing economic prosperity will continue to attract millions of business and leisure travelers every year.
For business travelers spending a day — or several weeks — in Sydney, dozens of excellent hotels, meeting venues, restaurants and recreational locations evoke the city’s casual lifestyle. Here, business and leisure activities seem to blend in a uniquely coastal Australian beach culture.
The Ovolo Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf is a deluxe boutique property with a waterside location adjacent to a marina and views of the city skyline. This colorfully designed, 100-room hotel offers a large lobby always buzzing with locals and guests, and the hotel’s fitness center and pool are open 24/7, making it easy to exercise before or after a busy workday. Its signature Alibi Bar is a sleek multipurpose social area designed for business guests to work, network or simply relax with a drink. Business guests can reserve exclusive use of the Alibi for cocktail parties, product launches and client meetings, or book a private meeting space within the hotel.
Another great hotel for business travelers is the new 349-room Crown Towers Sydney. The 75-story glass tower opened in December 2020, along the harbor in the Barangaroo district. It features upscale accommodations and a restaurant line-up that includes a’Mare, Woodcut, Nobu and Yoshii’s Omakase, all excellent venues for client lunches. The Crown Spa Sydney encompasses 21,500 square feet with terraces for yoga and meditation, vitality pools, experience showers, infrared saunas and treatment rooms. Both the Ovolo Woolloomooloo and Crown Towers properties lie within walking distance of the Central Business District.
Discover other venues in The Rocks historic district, located almost beneath Sydney Harbour Bridge. Locals and visitors shop the open-air Rocks Market for street food and eccentric clothing, and some of the city’s oldest pubs and most sophisticated restaurants reside here. The nearby Museum of Contemporary Art occupies a historic waterside Art Deco building with a five-story modern wing. The MCA offers meeting rooms and private event spaces, including the use of the spectacular rooftop sculpture terrace with views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
Bar 83 sits atop Sydney Tower in the CBD, offering a spectacular view from the 83rd floor. Located in the tallest building in Sydney, it proves a great choice for lunch or afternoon drinks in the public area or a client meeting in one of its private spaces.
For a pleasant lunch location outside the CBD, head to Mimi’s, opened in 2020 on the second level of the historic Coogee Pavilion, a trendy seaside venue just 20 minutes south. The main dining room offers sweeping views of Coogee Beach along with the laid-back, Sydney-style atmosphere, and there is fresh fish and seafood on the menu. If you arrive in late afternoon, check out the Pavilion’s rooftop bar for drinks, food and views of a shoreline often filled with surfers. Dress at the Pavilion ranges from casual to beachwear, especially during Sydney’s summer months, December to February.
The New South Wales state government devotes much of its capital spending to major transportation projects. London-based Zaha Hadid Architects and Australian-based Cox Architecture designed the new Western Sydney International (Nancy Bird Walton) Airport. Construction started in 2018, with completion expected in 2026. The new Sydney Metro West line project, begun in 2020, will open in phases and link the CBD to the new airport, transforming western neighborhoods into more vibrant residential, business and retail communities along the new nine-station route. A big part of the new airport project is Aerotropolis, a smart city designed from the ground up as a place for technology, science and creative industries.
A staggering number of urban revitalization projects taking place in Sydney include the completion of Sydney Modern and a new addition to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, opening on a site overlooking Sydney Harbour in 2022. The mixed-use $2.5 billion Central Place Sydney development will open in 2025 with two 30-plus-story towers. And architect David Adjaye is creating Sydney Plaza, a multifunctional building and public square shaded by a huge, perforated metal canopy, designed with Aboriginal artist Daniel Boyd and slated to open in 2022. The NSW government is also revitalizing Blackwattle Bay, including building a modern new Sydney Fish Market, a popular venue among locals and visitors. The total project, completing in 2024, will provide new residences, mixed-use commercial buildings and expansive green space, all within walking distance of the CBD.
Called one of the 10 best surf cities in the world by Surfer magazine, Sydney’s 70 surfing beaches offer varying levels of difficulty. Whether you’re ready for a lesson, an experienced surfer or just eager to hang out at a beach café, Sydneysiders are a friendly group. The glorious beaches of Sydney are where many of the city’s business owners, attorneys, architects, retirees and journalists go to have fun and stay fit. In many ways, a sun-drenched beach may prove the best venue for that important client get-together.
The Oberoi, Marrakech introduces its new holistic wellness program, SAHA. Meaning health in Arabic, SAHA aims to help guests reach their full wellbeing potential. The program operates on four key cornerstones: soul & spirit, active body, holistic treatments and a better plate.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
Filled with sunshine and beauty, Valencia, Spain, is also a great destination for diving into culture and art. Named World Design Capital for 2022, Spain’s third-largest city boasts a wealth of museums providing glimpses into history and fine art.
Nassau Paradise Island resorts pull out all the stops for foodies this season with new culinary offerings to elevate guests' experiences. The Bahamas is home to chef-driven, award-winning restaurants, authentic meals and delicious drink options. In the next couple of months, the offerings and festivals provide an unforgettable culinary experience for everyone.
From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos
Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.
Rosewood Vienna opened Aug. 1, marking Rosewood’s first hotel in the German-speaking market and its fifth European property. The 19th-century hotel, situated at Petersplatz, sits just steps away from many of Vienna’s historical and cultural sites, including St. Stephen Cathedral and Kunsthistorisches Museum. Guests won’t even have to leave the hotel to immerse themselves in the rich history of Vienna, as the hotel encompasses the apartment where Mozart lived and wrote The Abduction from the Seraglio.
Located in Portland, Maine, Chebeague Island Inn invites guests to experience some of its new culinary offers. The Stay and Dine offer includes overnight accommodations and a $70 voucher toward dinner in the inn’s restaurant. Book this offer here. The Epicurean Delight offer is a true culinary experience, with overnight accommodations, breakfast for two and a “tour of our menu” dinner for two. Visit here to book the Epicurean Delight offer.
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Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa’s new summer offers provides guests with unique and memorable ways to explore the region and relax on the property. The Lowcountry Adventure offer, in partnership with Outside Hilton Head, features a custom-designed, five-hour program for up to six people. The offer includes a variety of all-day adventures and activities around Hilton Head, such as boating local waterways, visiting private islands and exploring small towns. Guests wanting to book this experience can book a three-night stay through Oct. 31, with a 21-day advance booking required.