Destination NSW reveals what’s hot and what’s new in 2015
1. Pretty Beach House
The gorgeous 5 star luxury retreat, Pretty Beach House, is due to reopen in late March 2015. Located 100 kilometres north of Sydney on the Bouddi Peninsula, this adults only all-inclusive retreat has been lovingly restored to its former glory, with dining headed up by Stefano Manfredi.
2. Coogee Pavilion Rooftop
The latest instalment of the expansive three level venue, the Coogee Pavilion Rooftop, is an oasis where guests can enjoy sensational food, great company and an unrivalled view of the breathtaking Coogee shoreline. A fun and relaxed social destination for the iconic beachside suburb, Coogee Pavilion Rooftop is home to four indoor and outdoor bars, a sweeping balcony and one of the best vantage points a Sydney venue has to offer.
3. QT Residences Bondi
Bondi Beach has been in need of new accommodation so the news of QT opening hotel apartments on Australia’s most iconic beach is good news for all. Due to open in mid-2015, these stunning boutique hotel apartments will be a highly anticipated addition to the east.
4. Chippendale – Sydney’s latest hotspot
There's an exciting urban renaissance happening in Chippendale. This inner-west quarter is swapping industrial for imagination as warehouses, dwellings and factories are reborn as galleries, studios, designer stores, restaurants, bars, artisan workshops and antiques outlets- often all under one roof. This year, a row of 1840’s heritage buildings in Chippendale will convert to a new restaurant and shopping precinct. Singapore-based restaurateur and hotelier Peng Loh (Restaurant Andre, Singapore and Vijante, London) will open his trademark Unlisted Collection with UK superstar Jason Atherton (Pollen Street Social, Esquina) heading a stellar line-up, including Clayton Wells from Momofuku Seiobo and Sam Miller from Noma.
5. Sake Double Bay
The latest addition to the InterContinental Hotel Double Bay, Sake is sure to become the ‘go-to’ destination for Japanese food in the East. This Double Bay restaurant offers a bespoke menu featuring some of Sydney’s favourite dishes in a unique and vibrant setting. The restaurant also features a sushi counter and a traditional open plan Japanese Robata grill, with special binchoban charcoal that has been custom built for the restaurant.
6. The Boathouse Shelly Beach
Shelly Beach, just around the bay from the iconic Manly Beach, will have an exciting new dining destination this year – The Boathouse. Positioned as a grown up version of the Palm Beach restaurant, The Boathouse Shelly Beach will be a kiosk, café and restaurant, all in one- situated in one of Sydney’s most beautiful locations.
7. Tim Ho Wan
Dim sum chain Tim Ho Wan will open three stores in Sydney in 2015, appealing to dim sum fans young and old. Lauded as the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant, the Sydney restaurants on George Street, Burwood and Chatswood are sure to attract crowds eager for its delicious dumplings.
8. Chin Chin
Watch out for the opening of Chin Chin Sydney, the next instalment of the popular restaurant heralded by Chris Lucas. Rumours are that they are scouting for a Surry Hills or Bondi location – watch this space!
9. The Langham Sydney
The Langham Sydney has recently reopened following a $30 million refurbishment. Renovation work has included a complete remodelling of the hotel’s lobby, dining areas, guestrooms and ballroom. Our favourite addition – the Langham Pink Taxi, available to transport guests locally in pink style!
10. Taronga Zoo Wild Ropes
Visitors to Taronga Zoo can now experience the Zoo’s amazing wildlife and spectacular harbour views from an entirely new perspective, with the addition of a treetop, high ropes adventure experience. Taronga Zoo’s high ropes course above its Australian Walkabout exhibits, gives visitors the chance to navigate a series of exciting challenges, including suspension bridges, rope climbs and zip-lines while enjoying a bird’s eye view of unique Australian animals, such as koalas, kangaroos and wallabies.
The biggest development to hit Sydney is of course Barangaroo – the proposed waterside thriving public, residential and commercial precinct. The first building, Barangaroo South, is targeted for completion in 2015, offering an exciting new business, tourism, residential and retail precinct. Barangaroo Point, a grand harbour park with picnic areas, bush walks, tidal pools and a new cultural centre is also slated to open this year.
12. Merivale Says Hello To Paddington
The next Merivale destination will be opening on Oxford Street, Paddington in June this year. Housed on the old Paddington Arms site, the restaurant will be headed up by Danielle Alvarez (ex Chez Panisse), offering a menu of traditional Thai street food.
13. Pink Salt
This Double Bay institution is back with a new look and new menu. Offering a complete change to the previous fit-out; a new, leafy look has been introduced with interior design courtesy of Alex Zabotto-Bentley - think rough, raw and recycled wood, lush tropical greenery in abundant pots and soft leather banquettes under glass ceilings.
Quay’s Peter Gilmore and the Fink Group will be opening Bennelong in June 2015, which will include a signature Gilmore dining room and a less formal restaurant and bar on the upper level. With a focus on supporting local produce, the restaurant space will be completely refurbished with a brand new kitchen.
15. The Hydro Majestic
The Hydro Majestic is back to its original glory, with accommodation now open to guests. The stunning property includes the revitalisation of the Casino Building, The Wintergarden, The Flying Fox Room and The Cat’s Alley, The Delmonte Building & Conference Rooms and The Majestic Ballroom. The perfect location for a weekend escape, Sunday drive, or High Tea with the ladies – The Hydro Majestic is sure to delight.
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