A Sydney Real Estate Agent ‘s Insider Tips for the Perfect Staycation

As a Sydney Real Estate Agent, we know a few things about Sydney. So, whether you’re looking for the latest updates on the property market or the best spots for an unforgettable Sydney staycation — you can ask us. 

It may be biased but we think Sydney is pretty amazing. There are so many options to choose from — luxury city breaks, beach escapes, even wildlife encounters. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a weekend escape or figuring out how to keep your weekend visitors entertained. One of the things we love about this city, is you don’t have to go far to find somewhere amazing. 

So, if you’re in the midst of planning, here are our top 9 Sydney staycation destinations.

1. Crown Towers Sydney

A picture from a room at The Crown Sydney, overlooking the Sydney Harbour where you can see the Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Luxury hotels, Barangaroo | Ideal for: sophisticated urban adventurers

Crown Towers Sydney offers an impressive lineup of ten dining venues. Featuring the renowned Japanese fine-dining restaurant Nobu’s first Sydney location. Then there’s the hotel’s world-class spa, equipped with an infrared sauna and a 37-degree ‘vitality pool,’ state-of-the-art fitness amenities, plus an infinity pool with private cabanas. In fact, everything here is designed to look and feel extra special. And every small touch comes together to make it more than just a hotel — consider it an extravagant cruise ship permanently anchored in Barangaroo.

2. Little National Hotel Sydney

A picture from a common room at the Little National Hotel, Sydney
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Hotels, Sydney | Perfect for: city explorers seeking a chic retreat

This compact yet exquisitely designed luxury capsule hotel delivers an abundance of style within its cozy rooms. Ideally situated above Wynyard Station and in close proximity to Barangaroo, Martin Place, Circular Quay, and George Street, it’s the perfect hideaway for experiencing Sydney’s vibrant nightlife. Be sure to visit the hotel’s spectacular rooftop bar during your stay.

3. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

A picture from a room at the Watson's Bay Hotel, Sydney overlooking the water on a beautiful sunny day
Photo Credit: The Watsons Bay Hotel, Sydney

Bars, Pubs, Watsons Bay | Ideal for: beach enthusiasts craving picturesque views

Sunsets, surf, and mouthwatering fish and chips. Watsons Bay is a coastal haven just a ferry ride away from Circular Quay. There’s a rooftop bar which is a popular summer destination for locals and tourists alike. And there’s plenty of amazing things to see and do like explore the area’s charms, such as Camp Cove, the Gap Bluff coastal walk, and the Instagram-worthy Hornby Lighthouse.

4. QT Sydney

A picture of a suite at the QT Hotel Sydney
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Travel, Sydney | Perfect for: retail therapy seekers and fashionistas

The QT hotel brand is known for its exceptional service and quirky style, making every stay extraordinary. The Sydney CBD location, nestled above the State Theatre, is one of the brand’s most luxurious offerings. It’s an ideal base for guests wanting to indulge in the city’s high-end shopping scene. And with designer labels and upscale boutiques just minutes away, your shopping spree will be a breeze.

5. The Langham Sydney

A picture of a suite at the Langham Hotel Sydney, taken from the lounge and looking into the bedroom.
Photo Credit: The Langham Hotel, Sydney

Travel, Millers Point | Ideal for: those seeking classic, refined luxury

The Langham offers a delightful blend of boutique hotel charm and international glamour. It’s got plush suites, panelled walls, and elegant velvet furnishings — which work together to make sure you settle in as soon as you walk through the door. The Observatory Suite’s ornate, gilded fireplace adds a royal touch. And don’t miss the ethereal Roman bathhouse-style indoor pool for a refreshing dip.

6. Jonah’s

Hotels, Luxury hotels, Palm Beach | Ideal for: a serene escape from the city

Jonah’s secluded clifftop retreat overlooking Whale Beach offers a luxurious experience where time seems to slow down. Fashion designer Tom Ford once said, “Time and silence are the most luxurious things we have today,” and Jonah’s embodies this sentiment in Sydney’s picturesque Northern Beaches.

7. The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

A picture of the outside of the InterContinental Hotel in Double Bay, Sydney. Taken at dusk.
Photo Credit: InterContinental Hotel Double Bay

Travel, Double Bay | Ideal for: lounging poolside with a refreshing cocktail

Double Bay may not be an obvious choice for an ultra-chic getaway, but once you’re reclining poolside with a chilled cocktail at the InterContinental, your perspective will change. The hotel offers luxurious amenities such as a day spa and high tea service; but the rooftop pool is undoubtedly the main attraction. Experience the epitome of glamour as you bask in the sun by the azure waters.

8. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Picture of a lounge room at the Sofitel Darling Harbour, overlooking Sydney Tower and CBD skyline
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Hotels, Luxury hotels, Darling Harbour | Ideal for: those seeking a taste of opulence

Some travellers choose a hotel for its prime location. And the 590-room five-star Sofitel, overlooking the CBD, is certainly at the heart of the action. So, if you’re also looking for a staycation where you can unwind and immerse yourself in luxurious surroundings — the Sofitel has it all. With three bars, including a Champagne lounge and an infinity pool that dramatically extends over Darling Harbour, you’ll be living the high life. For an exceptional experience, book one of the corner rooms with a Darling Harbour view and enjoy the cityscape from your private bathtub.

9. Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat

Picture of a room overlooking Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Photo Credit: Taronga Zoo Wildlife Accommodation

Hotels, Luxury hotels, Mosman | Ideal for: adventure enthusiasts who crave an exotic experience

This collection of sophisticated, timber-clad lodges surrounding a private bushland garden is a remarkable blend of elegance and sustainable design. Nestled in the heart of Sydney’s oldest zoo, a stay here includes five-star dining and private tours of the retreat’s wildlife sanctuary. Plus you’ll also enjoy after-hours zoo tours for intimate encounters with the resident animals without the crowds. And then there’s also the breathtaking views of the city from your room — what’s not to love?

Whatever you decide, we hope you have an amazing staycation in our beautiful Sydney.

And, if you need to talk to a Sydney Real Estate Agent about buying, selling or renting, make sure you contact us today.