The Darling Hotel is a welcome addition to Darling Harbour, with its glass tower structure, design edge and fashion-forward furniture. The lobby reception and concierge desks have a long installation of suspended elements with changing mood lighting – the scarlet tones make the randomly placed bits and pieces look like falling autumn leaves.
I decided to create a vlog video of my experience and to be honest, there was too much great stuff to film. I had to break it into two parts. Even my videographer from GZEE PIX was amazed by luxe offerings of The Darling Hotel.
The Darling’s Jewel Spa Suite emphasise quality over quantity, providing an excellent city retreat for couples. The suite is very spacious, with a separate lounge and bordered by giant floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of Pyrmont, Sydney’s CBD and the beautiful Harbour Bridge. Need to hydrate? A delicious cocktail is only a few steps away, as each Jewel Suite features a marble wet bar that can provide that perfect finishing touch to entertain guest to sit back.
The suite has an integrated system that gives you control over everything in the room, from the TVs (in the lounge and bedroom), speakers to the blinds and air conditioning. A rainforest shower head and a delightful deep soaking tub with marble finishes in the bathroom. A walk-in wardrobe areas give you plenty of space to hang your evening attire and accessories for a night out in the restaurant or the casino. The combination of entertainment space and a luxurious bedroom makes a Darling Jewel Spa Suite the perfect place.
Everyone’s talking about and I can’t wait to go back to The Darling Spa. Occupying the second floor and features 16 treatment rooms, a couples suite and a tiled hammam; it’s a luxuriously large and meandering affair with ridged and rippled corridor walls, Asian-influenced motifs and decor and a menu that ranges from body wraps to pregnancy treatments.
Most spas stick to just one signature product line but here you have a wider selection, including La Prairie Ultimate Caviar Luxury to Moroccan Hamman Ritual. There’s a Men’s Zone of therapies too, as guys deserve to be pampered as well. Oh and do check out the fifth-floor outdoor pool with its 20m-long bar and plenty of day beds.
Thanks to Executive Chef Chase Kojima’s contemporary Japanese restaurant Sokyo. Dinner was set in a sunken dining area, glossy surfaces and to the right a chic bar, cross-over flavours of cocktails. The black-dyed ropes hanging from Sokyo’s ceiling (a loop of seven kilometres, apparently) make an extraordinary statement.
Now I couldn’t eat everything on that table, so trusty cameraman was on the ready with chopsticks.
Sashimi Platter – Chefs choice of 24 pieces of mixed traditional sashimi
Pork Belly Robata – with an apple & wasabi sauce with black salt
Dengakuman – a miso glazed glacier with Japanese slasa pickled cucumber
Tuna Cripsy Rice – spicy tuna with spicy mayo, crispy Hokkaido ‘Yumepirica’ rice
Chef’s Dessert Sampler – Chef’s selection of 4 desserts; Goma Street, Yuzu Souffle, Strawberry Calpis, and Sokyo ‘Mochi Ice Cream’.
Would love to hear what your experience is like when you stayed at The Darling Hotel. Also, let me know what you thought of my latest vlog videos. Apologies for the long windedness, haha I’m working on that.