A cooler blend of culture

Live like a rock star

Sheraton On The Park in Sydney has unveiled yet another reason for its growing superiority. International designer, Joseph Pang, was commissioned to materialise a vision of luxury in the form of the refurbishment of the iconic Conservatory Bar and Terrace. An excellent place to mingle during twilight hours, the new Conservatory Bar offers a vast array of the finest cocktails, wines, local and imported beers, and a variety of spirits. Visitors are even given an alfresco option with sweeping views of Hyde Park and live piano entertainment by globally acclaimed Gregg Arthur. To experience the new Conservatory Bar, and to see what else the Sheraton has up its sleeve for business and leisure travellers alike, Cream checked in for a weekend. We wanted to see how much value we would get for a two-night inner-city hotel stay. And the result was: plenty.

On Friday night we enjoyed tapa-style dining in the Conservatory lounge area, with a cocktail list that is as immense as it is innovative. On Saturday morning we sussed out the gym, partaking in my first workout with a personal trainer in a long time. The trainer took me through a one-hour session of lat pull-downs and shoulder presses and was very empathic to a recent back injury I’d had, going fairly easy on me. Still, the spectacular views from the gym are great enough to motivate even the most challenged gym-goer.

After a workout, there’s nothing better than a spa treatment, and there are plenty of therapeutic offers on the Sheraton’s in-house ‘Rejuvenation’ spa menu. I opted for remedial massage but also available are relaxation and deep tissue massages, and an array of body treatments (the Lemongrass Salt Glow will be on the agenda for next time).

Saturday afternoon was spent on a tour of the new Westfield, City shopping centre. The place is absolutely huge and shopaholics will enjoy an excellent experience when it opens, since it will host all the important labels including Prada, Gucci and Miu Miu, and will be peppered with plenty of cafes, dining outlets and a cocktail lounge.

Saturday night saw us taking in a show, ‘The Pirates Of Penzance’, at the Opera House, just a few short blocks from the Sheraton, but not before enjoying a smorgasbord dinner at Botanic Brasserie. Since last having a buffet-style meal here, the produce and variety has improved three-fold.

And now to the rooms. Each room is equipped with all the essential amenities including high speed internet access, large flat screen TV, spacious wardrobe, and large bathroom with a tub. The jewel in the crown is the recently refurbished Terrace Spa Suite, located on level 21 and covering up to 90sqm. A luxuriously inviting suite, it is dotted with custom-designed furnishings made from rich chocolate timber with fabrics of bronze, gold and teal, and complete with all the aforementioned amenities (times two in the case of the TV) plus an opulent spa bath in the large en-suite marble bathroom. As for the view: majestic doesn’t begin to cover it, suffice to say it’s no wonder big-name guests like Lady Gaga and George Michael have checked themselves in to this decadent retreat.

If you want to feel like a rock star yourself, call the Sheraton Reservation Department (02) 9286 6000 or email sheratononthepark@sheraton.com. Or for more information visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton.

Pictured clockwise from top left: the recently renovated Conservatory Bar and Terrace, the high-tech gym with a view, and the Sheraton swimming pool all add up to a rejuvinating stay.

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