The moment you enter the designer doors of the Darling, you know you’re in for a special experience. From the stunning citrus-floral scent that permeates the entire property through to the Balmain amenities in every room, this hotel exudes pure luxury.

It’s no wonder The Darling has been awarded five-stars by Forbes Travel Guide for its seventh consecutive year. This highly-coveted gong which dubs the world’s finest luxury hotels, makes The Darling the longest-standing officially recognised five-star hotel in NSW. The Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas which is determined by rigorous assessment on a vast 900 criteria, with an emphasis on service and delivery. You really are in for a lush surprise and delight at every turn here.

Even the most seasoned travellers will appreciate the opulent blend of thoughtfulness and flair that will truly enchant throughout your stay. Every room at The Darling exemplifies glamorous individuality, while the signature suites epitomise the pinnacle of luxury – all enhanced by your personal panorama of Sydney’s world-famous harbour and landmarks to remind you of how lucky you are in this pretty city. Every bathroom is adorned with Balmain Paris Hair Couture amenities, with a luxurious spa bath to soak in the delights of the day.

You can lap or play in the custom-designed 25m outdoor pool, heated to a perfect 26 degrees. Order poolside treats from the delectable food menu along with a rose or frozen cocktail from the vast beverage selection on offer, for a luxe afternoon session.

If you’re in need of a sweat, head to the generously appointed gym donned with the latest Technogym fitness equipment and also features a state-of-the-art Kinesis wall. You won’t need to worry about a thing with towels, water, earphones and fresh fruit all in arm’s reach.

The Darling Spa is in a whole class of its own and has also been awarded a prestigious Forbes four-star rating, cementing it as a world- class wellness facility. With 13 luxurious treatment rooms including two exclusive couples’ suites and a Moroccan Hammam chamber, this sanctuary is the ultimate urban escape that takes pampering to new heights. You’ll also find the steam room and a saltwater jacuzzi here for your optimal pleasure.

An absolute must-try is The Darling’s signature restaurant Sokyo, which pays homage to Japanese heritage whilst infusing it with a modern touch using the finest Australian produce.

The exquisite menu features the likes of Kingfish Miso Ceviche, through to the most delectable Tuna Cripsy Rice Ngiri, Wagyu Robata and Dengakuman Miso glazed toothfish to name just a few of the many highlights. Not to mention the extensive variety of signature cocktails, unparalleled sake selection crowned Best Sake list of 2021 as well as an extensive wine list that has also won three wine glasses as an Australian Wine List Of The Year.

The atmosphere is unmatched, with a chic buzz that can be felt spilling out of the restaurant. And the sleek interiors take the Sokyo experience to another level, complete with a sunken dining room and bold, rule-breaking Japanese calligraphy. Sokyo’s philosophy of Ritual meets Art is evident in every dish and detail. A truly decadent and memorable dining experience.

Book The Darling here and enjoy its grandeur at the best value with The Star’s current STARcation promotion.

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Sasha Tsibulya
Lifestyle Editor

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