This award-winning hotel is designed to impress those who enjoy the finer things in life – think Egyptian cotton sheets, bespoke furnishings and marble bathrooms featuring Molton Brown goodies. Such attention to detail even extends to the outdoor swimming pool, which is delicately fragranced with white tea and eucalyptus. No visit to The Darling would be complete without a pampering session at The Spa, home to an exclusive couple’s suite and two Moroccan hammam chambers. The hotel is part of The Star complex, which features some of Sydney’s best restaurants, including Momofuku Seiōbo, Sokyo and BLACK by ezard, as well as a world-class casino, Marquee nightclub and spectacular rooftop terrace.

Experience a sunrise seafood auction at Sydney Fish Markets or splurge on a ten-course degustation at The Star – there’s plenty to do in the waterfront suburb of Pyrmont. Kids will get their kicks at the Powerhouse Museum, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and The Playground at Darling Quarter. Dining at nearby Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay or King Street Wharf is made extra special with Saturday night fireworks.

80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont; 1800 700 700

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