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Sydney Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples

Posted on January 29, 2020 by Uncategorized

Valentine’s Day Sydney

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of romance for couples, young and old, around the world, and the Harbour City is no exception. We’ve selected some of the best Valentine’s day ideas, with a deluxe accommodation offer for 2021.

Overnight Staycation in our Harbour View Suite 

Treat yourself to something special this Valentine’s Day weekend with an overnight stay in one of our expansive suites at Holiday Inn Potts Point. With incredible views over St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Art Gallery of NSW and Sydney Opera House, your loved one will be delighted. No matter how many times you’ve looked out across the pristine waters of Sydney Harbour, it’s still an impressive sight.

Get all the luxe without the fuss! Ideal for a romantic evening, you’ll receive high-speed wi-fi, stereo & ipod dock, coffee & tea facilities, mini refrigerator, in-room controlled air conditioning and in-room safe.

Should you wish for an additional amenity, Champaign or roses to be provided, please contact us on  9368 4000  to arrange prior to your arrival.  

Book your Suite voucher from just $300 per night and save $175 off for a limited time only!

Embark on a Valentine’s Day BridgeClimb

With romance blooming in the air, why not enjoy a lovely day out with your partner? Our very own Harbour Bridge is second to none when it comes to beautiful settings. It’s 53,000 tones of steel is ready for your to climb and uncover one of the most sought after panoramic views over the Sydney skyline.

Bridgeclimb Sydney is offering up to 35% off your climb, subject to availability. Secure your Valentine’s Day climb from just $248 per adult between 9am – 6pm. Take Romance to new heights with the ultimate couples experience that will ensure your special occasion is one you’ll never forget.

BridgeClimb on Valentine's Day in Sydney Australia

Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney

Take your other half out on a magical cruise

Treat your partner to a romantic Valentine’s Day boat cruise on the magical Sydney Harbour. Australian Cruise Group is offering special on both Showboat and Glass Boats, starting from just $150 per person, including beverages and a 3-course dinner or dégustation menu.

Whichever cruise you pick between a long lunch cruise or a beautiful sunset dinner cruise, the waters along Sydney do not fail to woo your special someone.

Valentine's Day boat cruise along Sydney Harbour

Credit: Australian Cruise Group

Embrace an unrivalled cinematic experience

Another classic idea for this Valentine’s Day could be a romantic night out to the movies. A  COVID Safe version of the world’s most beautiful cinema has returned to Sydney Harbour this summer! Romance and charmingly quirky characters will feature this Valentine’s Day with the screening of Wild Mountain Thyme, a feel-good Irish yarn about two star-crossed lovers.

For those looking for the à la carte dining experience with a loved one, Mike McEnearney of Kitchen by Mike will serve vibrant, fresh and wholesome food, filled to the brim with delicious flavours. Specials include the ¼ roasted free range chicken vinaigrette, Ash baked eggplant & Grilled O’Connor grass fed flank steak.  CROSER GARDEN DINING AREA + CINEMA TICKET are costed at $49 per person.

Westpac Open Air Cinema in Sydney

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Dine local at one of Sydney’s premium eateries

For those looking for alternative choices, there’s nothing better than a bite from Chiswick Woollahra, the signature menu designed by Matt Moran’s Sydney dining establishment. The restaurant offers charming casual dining on Ocean Street in Sydney’s trendy suburb of Woollahra. Take advantage of a special 2021 Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner. Enjoy a special set menu filled with mouth-watering choices from Prawn Toast with chilli & coriander to Woodfire black fig, plus Whole John Dory with capers & lemon. With a choice of 4 dishes the set menu is costed at $110 per person, inclusive of a glass of sparkling on arrival. Chiswick is a short 5 minute drive from Potts Point via New South Head Road.

Chiswich-Woollahra-unseated-via-Open-Table

Credit: Open Table

A Day of Adventure

If romantic dates and walks on beaches aren’t your cups of tea, then we’ve got plenty of thrilling activities planned out for you.

Horse riding has always been a romantic favourite. Ask any couple! Sydney’s eastern suburbs offer horse riding with your Valentine along its beautiful trails. Check out the south and central coasts of Sydney for awesome places to enjoy this activity. You can also check out Centennial Park if you’re looking to ride along closer to the coast.

Valentine’s Day is a day you can make that special someone feel special so think of ideas to make them feel loved.

Horse Riding in Centennial Parklands

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Sydney Arts calendar, August (2019) – Arts and events in winter in Sydney

Posted on August 15, 2019 by Uncategorized

Something exciting is always happening in Sydney’s art scene. Here are some of the Visual and Performing arts happening in Sydney in August this year.

Mozart’s Symphony No.29 at the Sydney Opera House – 16th Aug

“Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Composed by Mozart when he was only 18, Symphony No. 29  has a magnetic appeal that is authentically Mozartian and speaks the young man’s emerging compositional self-confidence and that led him to the opera houses from his own chamber.

Mozart bequeathed wind players some of their most charming and expressive music – think of those delightful concertos for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. That team assembles for an irresistibly winsome quartet-concerto.

Tickets start at $45.
Click here to book Tickets

Star Wars – Return of the Jedi in Concert at the Sydney Opera House – 15th – 17th Aug

“Without the Jedi, there can be no balance in the force”

Experience the spectacular Star Wars: Return of the Jedi on the big-screen, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to film.

Join a community of fellow Star Wars and music lovers and enjoy the best of both World. This is a great opportunity to enjoy 3 amazing days of Star Wars!

Venue – Sydney Opera House
Tickets start at $59
Click here to book Tickets

Chicago at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney 


Honoured with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations, Chicago the Musical is coming to Capitol Theatre!

A true New York Institution, CHICAGO has everything the makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, one show-stopping song after another, and the slickest dancing in town.

Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, jazz slayer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with Cell Block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth-talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.

Created by the musical talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, CHICAGO’s sexy, sassy score includes “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle”, CHICAGO truly is “The sharpest, slickest show on the block” The Times, UK.

It would be a crime to miss it!

Click here to book Tickets

Fleetwood Mac – 17th Aug 


Legendary, Grammy-Award winning band Fleetwood Mac are coming to Sydney on 17th Aug 2019.

Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, formed in London in 1967. They have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands.

In 1998, select members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

So, don’t miss the beloved British-American band Fleetwood Mac as they bring their new-look here!

Click here to book Tickets

Other interesting events happening in Sydney in August

Sydney Folk Festival – 16th-18th Aug

A three-day celebration of the best and most adventurous in today’s folk music from worldly beats to original voices, traditional music including ballads, celtic, shanties, blues, bluegrass, newgrass, bush music and beyond.

International basketball series at Qbank – 26th Aug

The biggest names in basketball will play in Sydney this August when North American rivals, USA Basketball and Canada Basketball will face off at Qudos Bank Arena on Monday 26 August 2019 (7.30pm).

Sydney Hotel for Solo Travelers, Couples and Families

Stay centrally located to all that Sydney has to offer and choose from a range of tailored accommodation packages to fit your travel needs, including those with breakfast, parking, late checkout, Sydney experiences and more.

Check out our special hotel promotions

The Best Bars in Sydney for a unique experience

Posted on August 2, 2019 by Uncategorized

The Lobo Plantation, Sydney bar.

Sydney is home to an array of cultural experiences, which does not end with a few cocktails.

Sydney is host to some of the most recognised pubs and drinks are known around the world, and the cold winter is no exception.

The city offers a selection of some of the coziest bars serving the best drinks even in chilly evenings across spring.

Here’s our list of the finest mixers in Sydney!

Eau de Vie Bar

 

Eau de Vie can only be described as a theatrical cocktail bar hidden away at the back of the Kirketon Hotel in Darlinghurst. It’s a great example of one of Sydney’s most exceptional bars serving high-end cocktails. With a flawless team behind the bar showing off their creative flair with drinks like the Riverstream and Bloody Mary, the popular Darlinghurst cocktail bar isn’t too shy to show off.

 

 

The Baxter Inn

 

The shelves of whiskey stacked behind the bar shout out the Baxter Inn’s love for the ultimate cult alcohol, Whiskey. These shelves are accessed via an old-school ladder with wheels. With vintage decor, much like an old study and over 300 whiskeys to choose from, you know that the bartenders are serious about their drinks. The Inn is also a way off from the main street, so you’ll either need someone who in the know or look for a queue curving out of a hole in the wall.

 

 

Palmer & Co.

 

If you like listening to live jazz bands while snacking on food covered with melted cheese, then Palmer & Co is a bar that you’ll enjoy. With great table service and a hint of nostalgia, this place offers a great experience accompanied by good music and incredible drinks.

 

 

The Lobo Plantation

 

Named after the Cuban sugar baron Julio Lobo, The Lobo Plantation brings Cuba to Sydney. If the decor doesn’t speak enough Cuba then behold the bartenders. You just know that they are professionals by their precision, and sometimes even fire if you order the Old Grogram, Lobo’s flagship creation, rich in flavour yet refreshing. The cocktail includes spiced rum, fresh lemon, sugar and Lobo’s famous stout vermouth. The underground rum bar is also well known for its mouth-watering snacks alongside refreshing drinks. The bar can be found below Clarence Street.

 

 

The Bulletin Place

 

The drinks at The Bulletin Place are both exciting and delicious with a touch of creativity. From mixing tropical drinks with complex flavors to fruity and dry cocktails, the bar doesn’t leave any stone unturned as it creates its own set of unique flavors. On top of making their drinks, they deliver consistency and quality which is why people still love this place. If you’re in Sydney, you can find the Bulletin Place cozily hidden away in the harbour.

 

Good Food & Wine Show

Posted on June 13, 2019 by Sydney-Attractions, Uncategorized

Photographer - Joseph Byford, Good Food & Wine show

 

Sydney is about to be graced with critically acclaimed chefs once again for the Good Food & Wine Show, at the International Convention Centre. Don’t miss out on a fantastic culinary experience between Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June 2019.

Photographer: Joseph Byford, GFWS

This year will play host to more than 250 exhibitors, 800 wine varieties, celebrity masterclasses, plus food and wine matching boutique classes.Book in your Sydney accommodation today and be apart of the experience.

 

How to plan out your visit!

The Balvenie: Learn To Pair Whisky And Cheese

Sample three classic Balvenie Whiskies, The Balvenie 12 Double Wood, The Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask and The Balvenie 17 Double Wood.  In addition these will be matched with, for instance the delicious Bruny Island Cheeses. Founded by Nick Haddow in 2003, these cheeses are all made and matured using traditional techniques. These are highlight regarded as some of the finest artisan cheese made in Australia. Another popular cheese will be the Adelaide Hills Double Cream Brie. Expect a smooth buttery texture that ozzes that luscious Brie style cheese.

Where: Glenfiddich Whisky Wanderer
When: Friday 21 June (11:45am – 12:15pm, 1:00pm – 1:30pm); Saturday 22 June 11:45am – 12:15pm, 1:00pm – 1:30pm); Sunday 23 June (11:45am – 12:15pm, 1:00pm – 1:30pm)
Cost: $25

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Matt Moran & Maggie Beer Chef Lunch

What’s not to love about this! Dine with two of the industry most high profile names. Matt Moran brings an extensive amount of experience, whilst sharing his enthusiasm for food with thousands around the country. Some of his most well recognaised restaurants in Sydney include Barangeroo House, Aria, Chiwick Woollahra, Chiwick At The Gallery as well as North Bondi Fish. With a rural upbringing, Moran grew accustomed to life on a traditional aussie dairy farm. His family still runs the property in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, and because of this, continues to supply beef and lamb to his restaurants.

2019 marks 40 years in the industry for Maggie Beer.  Beer similarly grew up on a farm and starting a farmshop in the beautiful Barossa Valley. After that she loved experimenting to make the most of everything that was farmed.  

Where: Let’s Eat, Citi Dining Pop Up
When: Sunday 23 June (12:00pm – 1:30pm)
Cost: $80

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Photographer: Joseph Byford, GFWS


Miguel Maestre Chef Lunch

Visitors planning out a visit to the International Convention Centre on Saturday will look to a three course lunch with matching wines from talented spanish chef Miguel Maestre. Maestre has developed a talent for incorporating Spanish ingredients and cooking styles, in other words a delicious lunch is on the cards. He has also worked alongside Australia’s leading French Chef Manu Feilde and is the author of two best selling Spanish books “Miguel’s Tapas” and “Spanish Cooking”, which shares equal importance to him.

Where: Let’s Eat, Citi Dining Pop Up
When: Saturday 22 June (2:00pm – 3:30pm)
Cost: $80

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Miguel Meastre chef lunch at Good Food Wine Show, Sydney.

Photographer: Joseph Byford, GFWS


Stop and Smell the Rosé

For those avid lovers of an afternoon Rosé, Riedal Drinks Lab is hosting a popular workshop on Friday. Attendees will learn how to distribute the wine aroma properly upon tasting. Adelaide born wine columnist Nick Ryan will run the workhops. He is a regular contributor to Gourmet Traveller Wine and GQ, plus writes a weekly column musing on life for Adelaide’s Sunday Mail.

Where: Riedal Drinks Lab
When: Friday 21 June (12:00pm – 12:30pm); Saturday 22 June (4:00pm – 4:30pm)
Cost: Free

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Good Food & Wine Festival rose tasting

Photographer: Joseph Byford, GFWS


Book in a ‘Weekend Special’ package

Add a fun bonus to your weekend with a friend or loved one and book an overnight stay in art-deco Potts Point. After that sit back, relax and enjoy your winter stay with us.

Your weekend stay will include:

Easter Weekend in Sydney

Posted on February 15, 2019 by Uncategorized

Why Easter is actually the best time to visit Sydney.

 

If you think Easter is just a holiday for kids, think again! We’ve put together a bunch of grown-up activities and places to hit over the Easter long weekend.

 

Best places for chocolate this Easter in Sydney

Some of our favourite spots for chocolate in Sydney include Adora in Rose Bay, serving up over 40 chocolate products from truffles to chocolate lollipop sticks; Belle Fleur in Rozelle, always with an impressive window display (Easter is no exception!) and Kakawa in Kings Cross, where, as soon as you walk inside, the warm, dry scent of toasting nuts, praline and cocoa hits you. There’s nothing fancy about the shop, which doubles as a chocolate factory, but their wares are second to none, with a mind-boggling range. And the best part? Kakawa is a five-minute walk from Holiday Inn Potts Point!

 

Where to get a drink on Good Friday?

So, you’ve arrived in Sydney for your long weekend getaway. Time to slide into holiday mode, and enjoy a beverage or two! Only one problem: it’s Good Friday, and it’s the one day of the year when booze is least available. So, before you head out around town in a desperate state of alcohol-deprived panic, what are your options?

Head out to these breweries, easliy catch public transport from your hotel, which will serve up their local brews and craft spirits from midday.

Both Rocks Brewery and Bar in Alexandria and Archie Rose Distilling Co., Rosebery are open all Easter long weekend from midday till late.

Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival

Get dolled up and get trackside at Royal Randwick on Stakes Day Saturday 20th  to celebrate the finale of Autumn Racing in Sydney.

It is always a stellar day, with live entertainment, award-winning hospitality, pop up bars, photo moments and much more! Don’t forget to pre-purchase your ticket, (general admission $24) as it includes complimentary travel on Sydney train, bus and rail.

 

The Grounds at Easter

The Grounds of Alexandria has everything from a café, garden, atrium, markets, florist through to a sustainable garden. An epic spot for a coffee, or a cheeky cider over the long weekend.


It has become something of a little wonderland, especially in the summer, when the place is bustling with families roaming the markets, people sitting around the fountain in the gardens and friends catching up over brunch. You’ll even find kids playing with the pets on site including pig Kevin Bacon, pony Turbo, goats Goldy Horn and Margoat Robbie as well as the chickens.

 

 

Don’t want to venture too far from your hotel room? Investigate these spots within walking distance!

Eats in Potts Point

The Farmhouse is a four-minute walk away, where a communal table for 20 serves the kind of unfussy, uncomplicated food that defines idyllic country living. Four courses of produce-driven, wholesome selections are offered via a seasonal menu (scrawled on the window each morning), and there are only two sittings.

The New Hampton is even closer – two minutes walk – with a old-world, European charm, weave your way through the maze and find the hidden nooks to snack on forest mushroom arancini and buttermilk chicken wings. The restaurant has a menu of comforting, French-inspired classics with an elegant wine list to match.

Drinks in Potts Point

Eau de Vie is housed in the back room of The Kirketon Hotel, you need to stroll through another bar to reach this den dedicated to the cocktail.

The drinks list is compiled by the bar team, who read like a who’s who of Australia’s best. Drink creation is meticulous, with a focus on table service and a succinct bar menu that cleverly forces you to order another round to quench your salty thirst. After a few of these cocktails, it will thankfully only take you three minutes to walk back to Potts Point Holiday Inn.

 

Jangling Jack’s is a two-minute stroll away. This New Orlean’s inspired joint is dimly lit and moody in all the right ways, while appealing to both visitors and Kings Cross regulars.

The narrow space stretches back along the gorgeous bar, lit with speakeasy-style lampshades and surrounded by 1930s blues posters. Choose between high tables, lounge in the back booths or take advantage of the best spot in the house and dine at the bar. In all aspects, this place is cool without being pretentious.

 

Still looking for ideas on how to spend your time in Sydney?

Check out 50 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life

A Traveller’s Bucket List to Sydney

Posted on March 10, 2017 by Uncategorized

Travellers Bucket List Sydney

A Traveller’s Bucket List to Sydney

Sydney is an oasis of spectacular beaches, picturesque coastal walks, iconic landmarks, underground bars, mouth watering cuisine and amazing people. It thrives on a multicultural lifestyle and is booming with incredible energy. There is so much to do, see and enjoy while visiting Sydney and with a limited amount of time it can be overwhelming, but have no fear.

We have created the ultimate “bucket list” of adventures to dive into while conquering the land down-unda in Sydney. Through personal experiences from a foreigner’s travels, we have the must-try destinations and tips to make your trip totally epic.

“It is not about the destination, it is about the journey.”

Fill your day with adventure:

Bondi to Coogee – Go on an urban coastal walk – For the ladies…end your walk with a dip in the McIver’s Ladies Baths, Coogee or enjoy Wylie’s Baths, Coogee with the whole family

Royal Botanic Gardens – Explore the majestic gardens of Sydney – if you are here during the summer months book an open air cinema

The Rocks – Stroll through markets on Saturday – find the oldest pub in Sydney while you are there

Travellers Bucket List Sydney
 
Sydney Opera House – Walk to this iconic landmark from Circular Quay – make sure to check it out from all angles, its stunning

Newtown – Hit up this eclectic town on the outskirts of Sydney – find “Lentil as Anything” for a pay what you want dining experience

St. Mary’s Cathedral – Get in touch with your spiritual side at this jaw-dropping cathedral – walk through Hyde Park for the full experience

Manly Beach – Take the fairy to Manly – with street music and beach sports you could stay all day

Art Gallery of NSW – See incredible art – skip the Museum of Contemporary Art and go straight here

Bondi Beach – Take an excursion to Sydney’s most famous beach – go down Hall St. for the best food and drink

Travellers Bucket List Sydney
 
Pick a bar to explore at night:

Frankie’s Pizzeria – Located in the CBD it is ideal for late night out to enjoy live music – Find the hidden bar

Baxters Inn – This underground, speakeasy joint is hidden in the CBD – Ask for a delicious whisky apple…and thank us later

Taylors Rooftop Bar – The upstairs is a retreat away from the bustling CBD – Check out the rad artwork

The Old Growler – Find the doorway on William St., near Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney, leading downstairs – sit at the bar to chat up the bartenders

Travellers Bucket List Sydney

 

Tio’s – They speak tequila at this fun, Mexican inspired bar tucked in Surry Hill – ask for “Happy”, say Faith sent you

Mojos Record Bar – Another hidden, underground gem in the CBD – the cocktails are pricey but so worth it

Jangling Jacks – Find this narrow bar hidden on Victoria street in Potts Point – Sydney – small in size, mighty in character

Darlo Bar – This 2-story bar in Darlinghurst is great for a refreshing afternoon beer – Pair it with an order of the rosemary and sea salt chips

The Glenmore – This rooftop bar is high in The Rocks – go for the views, stay for the drinks

Kings Cross Hotel – Neighbours to Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney this place is poppin’ – Enjoy great live entertainment on the weekends

Crane Bar – Found down Bayswater Rd in Potts Point – Sydney this Asian inspired destination is ideal for a nigh tout – order a cocktail from their diverse menu

Opera Bar – Adjacent to the Sydney Opera House this bar gets packed with tourists and locals – get there early to find a shaded seat

Travellers Bucket List Sydney

 

Base yourself at the Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney for central location in the heart of all the action. Explore and live freely as you take on your next travelling adventures. #CreateyourEpicExperience

 

Easter Holiday 2018

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events, Uncategorized

Easter Holiday 2018

Easter Holiday 2018 is quickly approaching and Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney is super egg-cited for the upcoming celebrations. Take part in the festivities and experience the pastel colours, painted eggs, and family filled activities that load the city with joy and laughter.

Everybunny will enjoy these recommendations for Easter Holiday 2018 in Sydney

Sydney Royal Easter Show

Kick off your holiday festivities with the Sydney Royal Easter Show. This iconic festival is filled with family-friendly entertainment such as: a kid’s carnival, Grande parade, rodeo, farm animals, delicious food, and much more. Check out their website for more details.

When: 23 March to 3 April

Easter Holiday 2017

Sydney Royal Easter Show

 

Sydney Easter Parade 

Take part in this 20-year+ celebration at Hyde Park. Once known as the Easter Sunday March, this annual walk fills the park with love and praise. Enjoy a beautiful time with amazing people as you join in on the event

When: 2 April, 10am to 2pm

Easter Holiday 2017

Credit: Destination NSW

The Great Garden Hunt 

Join in on a fun-filled day of Easter adventures at The Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney, as they host their Great Garden Hunt.  From a map- guided egg hunt to photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny there is an activity for everyone.

When: 31 March & 1 April, 8:30am to 1:45pm

Mother and daughter feeding a goat at Furry Friends at the Kidtopia Festival 2016 in Parramatta Park, Parramatta.

 

Stay with Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney for a family friendly experience that gives you convenient access to all of the festivities. Happy Easter from Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney!

Valentine’s Day in Sydney 2017

Posted on February 2, 2017 by Uncategorized

Valentine’s Day in Sydney 2017

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day in Sydney 2017. Show your other half what they mean to you by transforming this special day into an unforgettable weekend experience. Book a Harbour view room at Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney for a dreamy escape and enjoy endless romantic possibilities out on the town. Potts Point – Sydney offers everything you need to embrace your companion with passion an L-O-V-E.

L – Laugh over drinks

Cheers to each other. Start your romantic  weekend off right by sipping on the best cocktails around. Potts Point – Sydney is filled with hidden treasures! In minutes you can find yourselves sipping on superb drinks at hip venues. Here are a few recommendations from us on where to begin your celebrations:

  •  Looking for something upbeat and fun?
    •  Crane Bar Sydney – The Asian inspired, Victorian infused venue offers a funky vibe and light-hearted atmosphere. Their unique, tropical themed cocktails are super fun and deliciously irresistible.
  • Needing a close and intimate space?
    • Eau De Vie – This dimly light, underground bar is equipped with leather seating that align the back walls giving it a cosy and intimate feel. Although famous for its array of sophisticated whiskey, the bar serves over 500 different spirits.
O – Order delectable cuisine

Wine and Dine your partner this season. Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney has provided some of our favourite restaurant recommendations for any couple to enjoy.

  • China Doll – For a sophisticated dining experience, try out this well-known, Asian inspired restaurant. Tucked in the Woolloomooloo Wharf it gives you beautiful waterfront views and is easy to access from Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney.
  • The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay – This boathouse styled seafood restaurants creates the allusion of floating on water. Their daily menu of freshly caught cuisine melts in your mouth and their amazing bay view will sweep you off your feet.
V – Venture Out

Keep the spark ignited by exploring a new date venue.

  •  Hayes Theatre Company – Perfect for a couple that enjoys cuddling over a dramatic performance in the theatre. Find out what’s playing now and book your chance to see an incredible act.
  • Kings Cross Hotel – If you would rather be laughing at your partner’s wild dance moves, this hip venue is the go to. Offering unique levels of live music and entertainment it is a great place to let loose and have fun.
E – Explore your dessert fantasy

Fill your sweet-lover fantasy with a dessert for two.

  • Ms G’s – Win over your partner’s heart by taking them to Ms G’s for a Stoner’s Delight; this delectable treat is created to make your mouth water through mixing sweet and savoury flavors.
  • Bay Vista Dessert Bar – For all the sweets that you could ever dream of try Bay Vista Dessert Bar. Their never ending selection of cake, crepes, ice cream and chocolatey goodness will leave you speechless.

Both of these deliciously decadent destinations stay open late night, perfect for those last minute cravings before slipping away to your room!

Our central location makes for the ideal destination to spend your 2017 Valentine’s Day weekend at Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney. With uniquely romantic options you and your other half can create an unforgettable experience. Book with us; fill your weekend with passion and #DoMoreofWhatYouLove.

December Summer Stories

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Uncategorized

What December Summer Stories are available in Sydney this December.

Summer holiday time is approaching and dreams of long balmy nights are just around the corner. Whether you are visiting Sydney during December to indulge in the festive spirit or planning a January holiday or staycation, check out our recommendations for things to do and see. 

December – The Christmas Countdown Is On:

Christmas Lights 

The Christmas festivities will light up the city this December. The theme for this year is ‘Joy to the World’ and will feature an animated retelling to the Nutcracker Suite.

St Mary’s Cathedral will again be the centrepiece of Sydney’s public Christmas celebrations, with a spectacular light and sound show. Each evening you can also enjoy carols sung by choirs from across the city being performed on the Cathedral steps.

LEGO Christmas Sleigh

Need a photo for your personalised Christmas cards? Look no further for the perfect Christmas selfie then this life-sized Santa sleigh. Created from more than 10,000 LEGO bricks it is fun for the whole family and a perfect photo op.

Christmas Shopping

The Galeries is offering present wrapping with a cool urban twist. After browsing the stores and getting your gifts, visit the wrapping station on the ground floor and receive custom wrapping designed by one of four street artists, created and printed right before your eyes!

Next Door, be dazzled by the QVB Swarovski Christmas tree. Standing at 24 metres and featuring over 82,000 sparkling Swarovski crystals, 65,000 twinkling lights and topped by a dramatic 2.2m wide crystal gilded star. Admire this spectacular sight while shopping for your Christmas gifts from QVB’s wide range of retailers.

Sydney’s local suburban shopping precincts offer a variety of boutiques and specialty stores. On Sunday 11 December visit Surry Hills and while you are there, take a break from your shopping and entertain the kids at the Surry Hills Village Christmas Concert. There will be craft activities for the kids, entertainment and a visit from Santa.

Links:

http://www.thegaleries.com/gifted-pimpyourpaper

https://www.qvb.com.au/christmas/qvb-swarovski-christmas-tree

https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/surry-hills-village-concert

#DoMoreofWhatYouLove and create your #SummerStories with us here in Sydney. When planning your December and January getaway to Sydney, check out our accommodation specials here.

Winter School Holidays

Posted on June 27, 2016 by Uncategorized

School holidays in Sydney

July School Holidays 2nd July – 17th July

Finding activities in Sydney for the winter holidays has been made easier with our top suggestions for kids and their carers. Holiday Inn Potts Point is in an awesome location to be able to access everything listed below.  

Throughout the holidays there are some pretty exciting things going on, including to the celebration of NAIDOC week (3-10th July). It is a week of celebration of the contributions that Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islander make to our country and society. 

Holiday Inn Potts Point have also outlined great places to eat as a family in Sydney.

Domain and Botanic Gardens

Open for the entirety of the holidays, The Winter Festival features open-air ice skating, rides and entertainment for the whole family.  Outside the beautiful St Mary’s Cathedral, there will be a traditional European market selling delicious meals and hot chocolates you can also play with Saint Bernards in the snow. There are different sessions every day so make sure you jump on their website http://winterfestival.ubitix.com/Default.aspx?Mode=&CUSETID=5&lng=en-AU&AID=0&LID=8 and book early.

The last weekend of the school holidays is the start of this year’s Archibald. Although not typically an event you would think great for kids, this is one the carers can enjoy too. It is Australia’s favourite art award and there is no reason you can’t share this experience together. You could inspire your young ones with the Young Archie 2016 competition. Or create your own art scavenger hunt eg… Find a painting with: a dog, a person with red hair, your favourite artwork and why even bring a pack of pencils and get them to recreate an artwork. There are many ways to have a fun day out for you and your kids at the Gallery of NSW. Maybe next year they will enter in the Young Archie 2017!

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/archibald-wynne-sulman-prizes-2016/

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/archibald-wynne-sulman-prizes-2016/young-archie-competition/

NAIDOC kids will be held in the Learning Centre at The Royal Botanic Gardens. It runs for two weeks Mon 4th – Fri 8th and Mon 11th – Fri 15th July for children ages 6-12 years old. Kids and their carers will be given the opportunity to engage in Aboriginal – dancing, music lessons, arts and crafts and traditional tool making. Bookings are essential! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naidoc-kids-at-the-royal-botanic-garden-sydney-tickets-24949619985

 

Dining out with kids:

The café’s and restaurants in the Botanic Gardens and the Domain are few and far between and can be expensive. If you are looking for somewhere nice to go here are our suggestions:

Jamie’s Italian https://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/australia/

Burger Project It’s just a small walk from Martin Place but grab a burger from the Burger Project and take them down to either the Domain or Botanical Gardens: http://burgerproject.com/location-mlc-centre/

Around Circular Quay and the Rocks

Museum of Sydney has an exhibition running – Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO Bricks. It is time to reminisce on your childhood and step into the amazing world created by LEGO professional Ryan McNaught. Entry is by timed session and it is recommended to buy your tickets online first. http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/exhibitions/sydney-harbour-with-lego-bricks

A trip to Sydney is not complete without seeing the world renowned Sydney Harbour  with The Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. You can walk along the Quay from the steps of the Opera House to the steps of the Bridge and even across it to North Sydney. It is a great free activity to do with all ages.

The Rocks Discovery Museum where the entry is free and the amazing history of Sydney and it’s inhabitants is revealed. There are fun interactive touch screens, and audio visual elements to bring history to life.  http://www.therocks.com/things-to-do/the-rocks-discovery-museum.aspx

Dining out with kids:

Most places around Circular Quay and the rocks can be overpriced as it is a haven for tourists and not really made for kids.

Holiday Inn Potts Point eating out with kids suggestions for Circular Quay and the Rocks are:

Opera Kitchen: http://www.operakitchen.com.au/menu/

Munich Brauhaus all kids meals are under 10: http://www.munichbrauhaus.com/food-2/

MCA Café & Sculpture Terrace has some of the most beautiful views in Sydney and a great bistro style menu : http://www.mca.com.au/visit/eating-drinking-cafe-restaurant

Wynyard and Barangaroo

Barangaroo is Sydney’s newest Harbour foreshore park, the Reserve features lookouts, extensive walking and cycling trails, idyllic coves, picnic spots and places for quiet contemplation.

Just be warned there aren’t many places open on the weekend for food in Baranagroo.

Dining out with kids:

Vapiano Sydney is your best bet http://vapiano.com.au/. Located in the Grace Hotel it has a great kids menu all for $9.

Potts Point and Darlinghurst

Elizabeth Bay House is another venue from Sydney Living Museums. It was known as the finest house in the colony and gives visitors a great example of how wealthy families lived in the 1830s. Family Tours are run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/elizabeth-bay-house/whats-on#school-holiday-tours

Dining out with kids:

Sirocco has partnered with Nutrition Australia to create some of the best kids meals in Sydney. Located inside Holiday Inn Potts Point it is a meal not to be missed: https://www.holidayinnpottspoint.com.au/sirocco/sirocco-kids-menu/

Haymarket and Darling Harbour

Chinese Garden of Friendship always has events kids will enjoy from dressing up in traditional Chinese costumes and take photographs around the garden to The Emperors Quest, where zodiac detectives hunt down the 12 animals of the Chinese New Year.  http://www.darlingharbour.com/whats-on/traditional-chinese-dress-up-in-the-garden/               http://www.darlingharbour.com/things-to-do/the-emperors-quest/

Darling Harbour has so many options generally and over the school holidays. The Australian National Maritime Museum (link: http://www.anmm.gov.au/), the IMAX theatre (link: https://www.imax.com.au/) and Darling Harbour Children’s Playground (http://www.darlingquarter.com/play/) are some of the most enjoyable activities in Sydney.           

Dining out with Kids:

Mamak is an award winning Malaysian restaurant for the kids that love fried chicken, roti and chicken skewers. http://www.mamak.com.au/

If you kids like dumplings then Din Tai Fung is your go. https://www.dintaifungaustralia.com.au/               

Or go for a nice walk around to Cockle Bay Wharf where Bungalow 8 is tucked away at the end. It has a well priced kids menu https://www.thekeystonegroup.com.au/venue/bungalow-8/