Honeymooning in Australia’s capital cities: A hotel roundup


Star City, Sydney www.starcity.com.au

At Sydney’s Star City, it’s all a matter of lights, camera, action for the couple who wants to begin their married life with a pulsating first night in the thick of the activity.

Located on the west side of Darling Harbour, with breathtaking views of the CBD and the waterfront, Star City is in the centre of all things bright and beautiful.

Choose from a hotel room or a self-serviced apartment and delight in the 24-hour room service, marble bathrooms complete with Bulgari products and everything else you could possibly want from one of the southern hemisphere’s best known lifestyle, entertainment and hotel complexes.

For those seeking the ultimate in VIP treatment, book one of the hotel’s exclusive penthouses, complete with a personalised butler service.

Park Hyatt, Melbourne www.melbourne.park.hyatt.com

Among all the caps worn by the city of Melbourne, the title of Australia’s romance capital is one it clearly wears with pride.

And let’s be honest – prejudices aside, when it comes to the array of offerings available to newlyweds, those south of the Murray have the market cornered.

At the Park Hyatt the package most popular with those just married is the Private Indulgence package, which well and truly lives up to its decadent tag. The package begins with an offering of Domaine Chandon, served with the freshest local strawberries and a tempting chocolate dipping sauce.

But save some of the bubbly and berries for your candlelit Cleopatra Milk Bath, which will soothe and stimulate the senses in the most luxurious fashion. When you’ve finished with such self-pampering, a scrumptious two course dinner served in the privacy of your own room awaits. From there, it’s just a short stroll to your king sized bed – where your liquor nightcap awaits.

Hyatt Regency, Adelaide www.adelaide.regency.hyatt.com

With an elegantly designed facade encompassing a 360-degree view of the city, the Hyatt Regency is the city’s only lodging which can unwaveringly boast being a world-class hotel in an equally majestic setting.

It may not be as big as Sydney or Melbourne, but Adelaide lacks nothing in the way of amenities and attractions, and offers something the big cities can’t: that indescribably comforting and relaxed atmosphere.

Rooms at the Hyatt are, naturally, the ultimate in sophistication. For newlyweds, they can make use of their marble bathtub and indulge in the complimentary wine and chocolate, all whilst enjoying 24-hour room service and the spectacular views of the city and the Adelaide Hills.

Emporium Hotel, Brisbane www.emporiumhotel.com.au

Tucked in the heart of one of Brisbane’s most trendy locations, the Emporium Hotel has quickly established itself as a beacon for those wishing to set down for a romantic stay in one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations.

Noticing a void in the city’s capacity to suitably accommodate visitors seeking a mix of urban chic and bohemian elegance, those behind the Emporium have created a hotel to leave any modern bride and groom rather awestruck.

To specify exactly what gives the Emporium such a feel is a tough task. It might be the architecturally brilliant rooms and furnishings, or the floor-to-ceiling opening windows, or even the 106cm plasma television with Bose surround sound. It’s probably a combination of these things and everything else the hotel has to offer which gives it that something you’ll keep talking about well after your wedding night.

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