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Halcyon House Cabarita Beach

Australia has cemented its position as home of the world’s best hotel with the naming of Halcyon House as the Best Smith Hotel in the coveted international Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards 2016.

Halcyon House, located on Cabarita Beach in Northern NSW opened in 2015 to much fanfare. Originally a 1960s surfer motel, the restoration of the boutique beachfront property has resulted in a stunning blend of luxury and beachside elegance. With 21-rooms and an award-winning restaurant Paper Daisy, the hotel offers leisure activities including private surfing lessons, a concierge beach service and complimentary bicycles to explore the coastal area.

James Lohan, founder, Mr & Mrs Smith said, “As the only category voted for by the public (over 25,000 people this year), Best Smith Hotel is a serious accolade. Halcyon House burst on to the scene and has since become one of the most impressive boltholes on our books. With it’s good looks and down to earth charm, it’s a well deserved winner.”

In another nod for NSW, Mr & Mrs Smith named Sydney’s The Old Clare Hotel as Best Gourmet Getaway. Located in the reimagined Chippendale precinct, the hotel boasts 62-rooms, and notable restaurants Automata and Kensington Street Social

Halcyon House and The Old Clare Hotel are the only Australian hotels to win in their respective categories in the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards.

Mr & Mrs Smith is a boutique hotel club and booking service, with their site and guidebooks detailing the very best boutique and luxury hotels in the world, handpicked by the Mr & Mrs Smith team.  The annual Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards recognise excellence, celebrating the best-in-class boutique hotels in the world. 

Here are some other established luxury hotels in NSW:

1. The Langham Sydney
Located in the historic Rocks precinct, The Langham epitomises classic luxury at its best. Renowned for having the largest guest rooms in Sydney and a new restaurant Bistro Remy, you’ll love the complimentary Pink Taxi city transfers and tennis butler!

2. Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley
For a true NSW regional experience you can’t go past Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley. Situated against the stunning backdrop of the World Heritage Greater Blue Mountains, the luxury conservation resort is the ultimate escape for the discerning traveller.

3. Elements of Byron
This newcomer to Byron Bay is making a splash for all the right reasons. The Elements of Byron is a 103 private beach villas are dotted amidst 22-hectares of absolute beachfront paradise. A vintage train will soon connect guests to the Byron town centre, but with the superb Graze restaurant and Osprey Spa onsite, they may never want to leave.

4. Park Hyatt Sydney
The ultimate in 5-star luxury, Park Hyatt Sydney offers unparalleled views over Sydney’s Harbour icons including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Recently named as the top hotel in Australia and New Zealand by Conde Nast Traveler, Park Hyatt offers 155 guestrooms and suites, a rooftop pool, Spa and excellent dining options.\

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For more information visit sydney.com and visitnsw.com 

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