Sydney Vacation Rentals
Sydney resorts are more plentiful than you might expect of a large metropolitan international city for one very important reason—its location on a beautiful tropical coastline around one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Many authorities rate Sydney Harbour as the world's largest natural harbor, followed by Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. There are Sydney beach resorts right in the city, and the beaches in the suburbs to both the north and south of the Central Business District (CBD) are both close by and easily accessible.
Look to famous Bondi Beach on the southern shore of the harbor for the Sydney resort and spa that is closest to the city center as well as on a beach. Here, you will find the Swiss Grand Resort and Spa on the corner of Beach Road and Campbell Parade with wonderful views of the crescent beach. This is an all suite property and one of the city's finest luxury hotels on a beach. It has all the facilities you expect of an international standard resort, including swimming pools (one rooftop pool), several dining spots, and a full-service spa. There is easy access across Campbell Parade to Bondi Park and the beach.
You may not find another luxury resort in Sydney right along such a beautiful beach, but you have several choices with excellent city locations. A few of these are among the finest hotels in the world. Perhaps the best Sydney resort and spa right in the city is the Four Seasons (pictured), located in the heart of The Rocks on George Street with breathtaking views of the harbor, the Sydney Opera House, and Harbour Bridge.
There are also less expensive Sydney beach resorts to be found. For closest proximity to the metropolitan area, you should look north to the suburb of Manly and the northern beaches. There are several more modest properties that provide many of the facilities that resorts do. These include the four- star Newport Mirage Hotel on Pittwater with a swimming pool, spa, sauna, steam room, and fitness center. Only 45 minutes away from the Central Business District, you have ready access to a beautiful beach as well as great rugged countryside for hiking and other outdoor activities.
Among the very affordable Sydney beach resorts south of the city, look for the Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort on Pioneer Road. This property offers fully equipped one- and two-bedroom terraced apartments and bungalows along the beach, as well as a campground for both tent and caravan camping. Resort facilities include a children's playground, a cycling trail and bicycle rental outlet, two hot tub spas and a steam room, tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, mini golf complex, and table tennis. This also happens to be located on one of the best surfing beaches in the region.
If you want a luxurious Sydney resort and spa away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you may want to go to Katoomba in the beautiful Blue Mountains only about 35 miles west of the city. You will find the exclusive Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort set on the escarpment of Jamieson Valley and overlooking the famous Three Sisters rock formation. You can relax amid magnificent scenery and enjoy a luxuriant spa and activities as diverse as a Harley Davidson motorcycle tour or romantic picnics catered by your own butler.
You can find other countryside Sydney resorts in the Hunter Valley wine country north of the city and west of the town of Newcastle. Everything from river fishing, hiking, and horseback riding is available here, as well as wine tours to taste some of the country's fine vintages. At the Cypress Lakes Resort in Pokolbin, you will find both a spa and golf resort set in lovely countryside.
Some Sydney resorts are floating. Port Jackson in Sydney Harbour is a major port for international oceangoing cruises. Many of these ships are huge—boasting everything from full-service spas, swimming pools, and numerous dining spots to lively casinos and Vegas style entertainment. Ships who call here often stay for two or more days, allowing passengers to enjoy shore excursions in the city, the Blue Mountains, and as far away as the Outback and Uluru - Ayers Rock in the center of the vast island nation.