If you had a few extra hours in the morning, would you go big with a fine-dining breakfast, sink into a spa, hit up the luxury boutiques, or fire up the endorphins?
Nobody ever wants a holiday to end. A few extra hours in the morning at home are easily squandered, but when your base for exploration is a gorgeous suite in a luxury hotel, waking up early suddenly becomes much more appealing.
If you are lucky enough to enjoy a leisurely late check-out at The Star Sydney, here are some indulgent ideas for how to spend it.
International labels and life’s little luxuries collide within The Star’s high-end retail precinct, making it a covetable destination in its own right. Even wandering the corridors of The Star Sydney is an exercise in glamour, with its elegant monochrome patterned floors, flashy gold detailing and plush seating. A late check-out will afford you extra time to shop candy-coloured couture at Gucci, edgy high-fashion at Versace, and world-leading watch and jewellery brands at Kennedy – among many other considered retail options.
Although The Star’s reputation as a fine-dining destination is well-known, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all the fun happens after dark. However, morning is also an exciting time within The Star’s dining precincts, extending you the opportunity to travel the world with international cuisine or enjoy a fine-dining spin on a traditional breakfast menu. On the menu at Sokyo at The Star Sydney, you’ll find a luxurious selection of Japanese-style breakfast dishes, such as chilli crab omelette with Sambal butter, kingfish kama with Japanese pickles and a 63° egg, and yuzu waffle with raspberries and whipped cream. Just in case you were still hungry (no judgements here), the world-famous Sydney Fish Market is an easy walk from The Star through Pyrmont. Sashimi brunch anyone?
The luxury that is synonymous with The Star is nowhere more apparent than the spa. At The Darling Spa, one of the finest spas in Sydney, we recommend spending a late check-out getting pampered from head to toe. Experience the power of the world’s most luxurious skincare products, emerge purified from the Moroccan Hammam, exfoliate with your choice of Australian desert salts and aromatic oils, and finish it off with a fresh juice or fruit platter. Men aren’t forgotten either, with treatments desiged for blokes after a little buffing. If you’re after a session with your significant other, the Li’tya Ocean Dreaming Bath combines a 60- or 90-minute soak in restorative bath oils with a 30- or 60-minute massage, and is designed to be shared.
There’s no better way to set up good mental health for the day than with a boost of endorphins. At The Star Grand hotel, you can start your day with a swim in the rooftop pool, surrounded by harbour and city views, or test out state-of-the-art fitness equipment at Turbines Health Club, including interactive tablet technology that gives you fingertip access to personalised training services. For the joggers, head down to the hotel lobby, where you can get a complimentary running map of Pyrmont, towels and water.