Planning a romantic getaway often gets pushed down the to-do list. We get it, life gets busy in adult-mode. But with summer on the horizon, it’s the perfect excuse to hit pause on the daily grind and score yourself a sweet weekend escape.
Sydney, with its epic landscapes, vibrant culture, and world-class attractions, offers a perfect backdrop for a staycation or romantic getaway. For the next couple of months, the city will be at its best, with beautiful weather and a schedule jam packed with must-see events.
We’ve partnered with Marriott Bonvoy to showcase Sydney’s best spots, so you can book your next escape at one of their seven locations across the city.
Take a scenic arts and culture stroll
Image: Sculptures by the Sea, Bondi. Credit: Destination NSW
If you love art and culture, but don’t want to spend your time indoors, then we have the perfect plan for you.
Start your weekend with a stroll around Paddington Markets, exploring local art, crafts and artisanal produce. Then continue your artistic journey with a visit to Sculpture By The Sea, an free annual exhibition that transforms the coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama into an open-air art gallery. Its 25th exhibition will run from 20 October – 6 November this year. If you miss the exhibition dates, the coastal walk from Bondi-Bronte is legendary in its own right and accessible year-round!
Retreat to Sydney Harbour Marriott Circular Quay to rest your legs and take in the iconic harbour views from your room, or treat yourself to a meal at the stylish Silvester’s. The award-winning restaurant is ideal for dinner for two and you can be among the first to sample their new spring menu led by their newly appointed Head Chef, Abhi Dey who’s worked across a slew of Michelin-starred and hatted restaurants internationally.
Explore the vibrant cultural scene
Image: Four Points By Sheraton, Central Park
Immerse yourself in Sydney’s rich cultural tapestry by exploring some of its most captivating elements. Start your journey at Four Points by Sheraton, Central Park, and wander over to the Powerhouse Museum, the largest museum group in Australia, situated at the crossroads of arts, design, science, and technology. Here, you’ll engage with contemporary ideas that will expand your horizons.
For a more contemporary artistic experience, venture to the White Rabbit Gallery. Founded by Judith Neilson, who was inspired by her trips to Beijing in the late 1990s, this gallery is dedicated to showcasing works created in the 21st century. You’ll be enthralled by the creative energy and technical prowess on display, offering a unique opportunity to connect with the global art scene.
But the city’s cultural exploration doesn’t stop there. Make sure to visit Spice Alley, a vibrant hub of culinary delights that will tantalise your taste buds. And if you’re in the mood for laughter, Sydney’s comedy clubs promise an evening of side-splitting entertainment… This Chippendale locale has it all, and is the perfect spot to score unique Christmas gifts to bring home!
Ring in the New Year with a bang
Image: Pier Bar at Pier One Sydney Harbour
New Year’s Eve in Sydney is an unforgettable experience, and what better way to celebrate than with a front-row seat to the spectacular fireworks?
Three Marriott Bonvoy hotels will give you the perfect vantage point to welcome the new year together in style at the brand new W Sydney (which will open in Darling Harbour in October), and Pier One Sydney Harbour.
Pier One is hosting a vibrant NYE party with music and free flowing drinks, but if you’d rather some 1:1 time, consider booking a luxurious suite. With their own private balconies, you’ll be away from the crowds. The jaw-dropping Admiral suite even has a free-standing bath overlooking Sydney Harbour, so you can watch the fireworks from the tub.
Enjoy a hassle-free getaway
Image: Moxy Sydney Airport
If you’re planning a summer holiday further afield, get a headstart on holiday mode with a night at the Moxy Sydney Airport. Located just minutes from the airport, it’ll allow you to skip the usual hectic airport runs and ensure you make the most of every moment of your trip together.
This isn’t your usual no-frills airport hotel either. Expect quirky and colourful decor throughout, vintage phones in the rooms where you can press a button for a bedtime story, and a pink Moxy shuttle bus to whisk you to the airport in style.
For those wanting to hit the town, be sure to check Sydney’s vibrant inner-city suburb of Marrickville. Boasting a delightful cluster of craft breweries, a thriving music and arts community, and a mouthwatering array of dining options, it’s no wonder Marrickville earned a spot among the world’s top 10 trendiest neighborhoods.
Discover Darling Harbour delights
Image: W Sydney opening October 2023
Immerse yourselves in the excitement of Darling Harbour, where you can explore the Sydney Aquarium, rub shoulders with celebrities at Madame Tussauds, or delve into maritime history at the Maritime Museum.
Stay in the centre of the action at the luxurious W Sydney. The highly-anticipated hotel will open 12 October, offering guests incredible views of the harbour.
Guests can relax poolside at Level 29’s WET Deck, featuring an openair 30m heated infinity pool overlooking Darling Harbour, or enjoy dinner and drinks at 29/30, Sydney’s newest rooftop bar. If you stay on a Saturday night, you’ll even be able to watch Darling Harbour’s weekly firework display.
Hit the tourist hotspots
Image: Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park
There’s nothing like playing tourist in your home city. Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Australian Museum, and art galleries are all classic Sydney attractions for a reason and you’ll be well placed to rediscover them at one of the city’s central Marriott Bonvoy hotels. Whether you choose the Four Points, Sheraton, Marriott, or Pier One, the city’s main attractions will be in easy reach for a fun-filled trip.
Our personal favourite is the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park which boasts an indoor pool. Take a dip with your partner and enjoy sweeping views of the city. What could be more relaxing?
Explore the great outdoors
Image: Courtyard North Ryde
Lane Cove National Park isn’t far from the city centre, but among the native plants and wildlife you’ll feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Nature-loving couples can explore historic sites along the Heritage walk, enjoy a picnic or even hire a canoe to get out on the water.
After a day spent exploring the outdoors, the plush rooms and suites at Courtyard North Ryde will be a welcome spot to rest and recover. Enjoy a hearty meal at its Bistro or take it easy and order room service.
Plan your Sydney staycation
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply seeking some much needed quality time, Marriott Bonvoy has you covered with endless romantic experiences. Plan your trip now and remember, savvy travellers can become Marriott Bonvoy members for free and receive best price member rates.
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