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What’s On: Dust off your magic oil lamps and release your inner Prince or Princess at Hilton Sydney

 


Hilton Sydney’s Zeta Bar launches ‘Arabian Nights’
A Sheesha Chic Experience every Friday night throughout summer.

 

SYDNEY – January 2014 – With the temperatures set to soar this summer, transport yourself to an Arabian Oasis. Surround yourself with luxury and opulence whilst indulging your senses with an array of Arabian inspired cocktails, a spice market bar and sheesha pipes on the terrace.

 

Hilton Sydney’s internationally acclaimed Zeta Bar launches its latest Friday night concept, ‘Arabian Nights’ – a sheesha chic experience for the senses. Held every Friday from 14 February starting at 6.00 p.m., Zeta Bar will be magically transformed into an Arabian palace, encompassing the flavours, aromas and essence of Arabia complemented by exotic décor, including plush Moroccan cushions, lanterns and Moroccan elephants.

 

Zeta Bar’s terrace will include an additional outdoor lounge pod decked out with a luxurious day bed and Persian rugs. Guests will be greeted by a sheesha Sommelier who will introduce the splendour of smoking the hookah and guide you through the entire process including offering a selection of fragrant premium flavours.

 

All this combined with a range of specially concocted cocktails, taking inspirations from classic movies such as Casablanca, One Thousand and One Nights and Aladdin, each with their own story. Ranging from molecular to playful twists on classic cocktails, the menu features a mixture of aromas and spices including- cinnamon, star anise, Turkish delight, figs, rose teas, sumac and smoked fairy floss.

 

Partnering with Johnnie Walker, the cocktails have been carefully conceived to incorporate the flavours of the spirit. In addition to the cocktail menu, Zeta’s back bar will showcase a ‘spice market’ display whereby guests can select a spice to which a Zeta Bartender will create bespoke cocktails to order.

 

The Arabian experience does not stop there, the culinary playfulness continues through a Middle Eastern inspired bar food menu including grilled Harissa lamb cutlets with a potato humus and Muhammara sauce; a tasting plate of house made dips including a pearl onion salad with pomegranate; and to finish, a selection of Arabic sweet treats.

 

Launching to the media on Thursday 6 February, guests will be welcomed by live camels, Sinbad guards and performances by magician and illusionist, Adam Mada as well as Belly Dancers and fire shows.

 

The ‘Arabian Nights’ summer concept follows the previous successes of ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘Coney Island’ and ‘Farmers Market’ concepts previously held at Zeta Bar.

 

Arabian Nights at Zeta Bar opens to the public every Friday night from 6.00 p.m., launching Friday 14 February through to Friday 21 March 2014. #zetabararabiannights #opensesame

 

Celebrate Australia Day in True Blue Aussie Style

This Australia Day long weekend, from Friday 24 to Monday 27 January, W. Short Hotel Group is celebrating the best of our nation with some true blue Aussie events across their iconic venues in Sydney and the mid north coast.

The Group owns and operates some of NSW’s most iconic pubs and hotels, including The Australian Heritage Hotel and The Glenmore in The Rocks, The Royal in Leichhardt and The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks.

The Australian Heritage Hotel will of course be the place to celebrate all things traditionally Aussie over the long weekend with over 130 Aussie beers, a special Australia Day menu including their famous pizzas (anyone for a Coat Of Arms pizza?), and live entertainment.

Up the road at The Glenmore’s iconic rooftop bar, the beers will be flowing from 10am on Sunday 26 January with the Triple J Hottest 100 played all day, followed by a local DJ after the countdown. The pub’s mouth-watering food menu will also be available all day.

At The Royal in Leichhardt, Aussie beers, tunes and a special mixed grill will be the order of the day on Sunday 26, bringing some traditional Aussie style to Sydney’s ‘Little Italy’.

For those looking to get away for the weekend, the Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks will be the perfect spot to celebrate on the coast with face painting for the kids, crab racing, a prawn shelling competition and live music from local artists Paul Clement and Mark Wells. The Seabreeze also offers a wide range of comfortable and spacious rooms, all at an affordable price, making it the perfect long weekend getaway.

For further information on any of the venues or events, visit http://www.wshorthotelgroup.com.au.

Social Spy** Sky Terrace Bar Star City

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Last night was the opening night of the newest (and coolest) rooftop bar in Sydney. Sky Terrace Bar in Star City is sure to be everyones favourite hideout this Summer.

Amazing views of the city skyline, pop up food stations, live music, cocktails and if that wasn’t enough to tempt you there is a table tennis table and badminton court for those of you who enjoy a casual hit around with your mojito.

Feast on an impressive food menu including Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Dubai Falafel AND Movenpick ice cream, all items are generously priced at $5.

If you are heading down on a Saturday night you will also have the best seat in the house for the weekly fireworks display at Darling Harbour. What is not to love about this place?

The Sky Terrace is open most Friday and Saturday nights between now and January 9th and then it will be open every night. Keep an eye on their website as it is closed on a couple of Friday nights due to private events.

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Bondi 101 – Adina Apartment Hotel, Bondi Beach

 

Bondi’s hottest new address – Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach

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Toga Hotels recently celebrated the opening of Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach. Lifestyle and travel journalists were wined and dined at the iconic Icebergs Dining Room, followed by an exclusive preview of Bondi’s most contemporary and stylish new accommodation complex.

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Rachel Argaman, CEO of Toga Hotels announced the roll out plans for the mixed-use development, including a plethora of top eateries and gourmet providers who will take occupancy from October.
The multi-faceted retail development will create a trendy destination for locals and travellers, alike.

Comprising 2700m² of lettable area stretching across two levels, the retail space will offer pedestrian access from both Hall and O’Brien Street.
Since its official opening, Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach has seen an escalation in bookings both walk-ins and online.
For more information about Adina Apartment Hotels or to book a room please visit: adinahotels.com.au

What’s On: HIGH TEA FIT FOR A QUEEN

Sheraton on the Park is celebrating the Queen’s Birthday with a special Royal High Tea menu, we’re BIG fans of high tea so what’s not to love hey?!

Sydney’s luxurious five star hotel overlooking Hyde Park, Sheraton on the Parkas has unveiled a Royal High Tea menu in the hotel’s The Gallery Tea Lounge, featuring some of Her Majesty’s renowned favourite treats in celebration of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend next month.

The Royal High Tea menu reflects the Queen’s distinguished preference for simple food. Dainty portions served on an elegant three tiered cake stand include freshly baked scones, benedicks bittermints, crown shortbreads, mini Victoria sponge cake, battenburg petit fours, chocolate biscuit cake and jam ring cookies.

A selection of petite sandwiches – without the crusts just as Her Majesty likes them – come in a variety of delectable fillings including, roast beef and horseradish, cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon, as well as baked ham and English mustard.

The array of deliciously alluring sweet and savoury treats are accompanied by a choice of Vittoria espresso coffee, fragrant Twinnings fine-leaf tea, Penelope Sach organic herbal tea or decadent hot chocolate.

Guests will enjoy the Royal High Tea at Sheraton on the Park’s beautifully appointed The Gallery Tea Lounge, an elegant space located in the hotel’s lobby, which welcomes visitors with a contemporary setting and views of the magnificent Hyde Park.

The Royal High Tea is a twist on Sheraton on the Park’s popular Traditional High Tea that is available all-year round.

Sheraton on the Park’s “Royal High Tea” costs $58 for two people, and is available throughout June from 11:30am to 5:00pm daily.

For further information and to book Sheraton on the Park’s “Royal High Tea”, please call reservations on 02 9286 6000.

For further information on the Sheraton on the Park, please visit http://www.sheratonontheparksydney.com.

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Social Spy** Sebel Pier One Sydney Launch

Robert and Ruth Magid, owners of the Sebel Pier One Sydney threw open their doors earlier this month to welcome guests to a series of events to unveil the hotel’s seven new premium suites. Over three consecutive days, the Magids hosted a dinner, High Tea and lunch to showcase the five-star dining experience guests of the hotel enjoy and to provide a brief history of the pier that they have developed into the magnificent hotel that it is today. Pier One was in fact the only means of crossing from one side of the harbour to the other until the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the structure underwent various incarnations including as a carnival in the 1970s to rival Luna Park. When the Magids took over the site, it was practically an empty shell.

Until recently, the front section of the pier, jutting right out over Sydney Harbour, was a cavernous space used for events until the Magids engaged Sydney architects Bates Smart to convert the spaces on to the top two floors into seven premium suites that now offer unparalleled harbour views. With luxurious fittings and fixtures, deep bathtubs from which guests can unwind while watching the water and generous balcony spaces to step out and enjoy the fresh air, the Sebel Pier One premium suites are a hotel experience not to be missed!

Down below, designers SJB Interiors recreated the forward function space to create Water @ Pier One – if you’re looking for a wedding or event space, you would be hard pressed to match the view this room offers with panoramic water views and space for up to 220 guests at a sit-down event.

So whether you’re planning a pampered holiday to the harbour city, an inner-city weekender or looking for somewhere for that special occasion, be sure to check out the Sebel Pier One (www.sebelpierone.com.au).

Sydney’s majestic Sebel Pier One hotel, built over the glorious Sydney Harbour at Walsh Bay has unveiled seven newly constructed suites that boast unparalleled views across the water, taking in the city’s iconic landmarks including The Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Sydney Opera House and the famous smile of Luna Park.

The seven new suites were designed by internationally acclaimed firm Bates Smart Architects who introduced a fresh and contemporary palette with luxurious fixtures and fittings. Maximising the already generous space, the designers created bathrooms that seamlessly transition into the bedrooms. The raw woodwork of overhead beams in the three top-floor suites, part of the century-old architecture was re-exposed, providing the spaces with the feel of a New York loft or Hamptons Beach House.

On the floor below, the four suites boast large balcony spaces, allowing guests to lounge outside, taking in the fresh harbour air. A wrap-around balcony around three provides generous space with divisions to ensure privacy while the fourth offers an impressive 40 metre squared space jutting over the Pier. The space makes for an ideal setting for private alfresco dining, sunset drinks or simply taking in the beauty of Sydney Harbour and watching the mega yachts sail past. Two of the balcony suites have designer day beds and arm chairs which are positioned to maximise the panoramic views. Each of the bathrooms have decadent, deep standalone bath tubs, decadent rain water heads with side jets, double brass bowl vanities and deluxe amenity kits from Appelles Apothecary. All of the new suites feature king size beds, a marble topped wet bar with Nespresso coffee machine, marble topped working desk, two LED flat screen TVs – one of which rises from the bed base, Foxtel, iPod/iPad docking stations and WiFi internet access.

From the hotel’s premier Harbour View Balcony Suite at the northern end of the Pier, guests will feel like they’re floating on water, particularly from the deep-set bathtub, which is the feature piece of a bathroom that overlooks the water and the imposing Sydney Harbour Bridge. For an iconic Sydney experience, there is no better suite in the city to enjoy the best Sydney has to offer.

Robert Magid of TMG Developments, owner of The Sebel Pier One, says the completion of the suites brings a period of extensive refurbishments to the hotel to a close and the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the property.

“Despite its world famous harbour, Sydney had only a handful of hotels that offer accommodation right on the water and in our case, actually over it, let alone in a building with a century of history behind it. The new premium suites at The Sebel Pier One offer guests the chance to experience the finest views and experiences the city has to offer in a luxurious space that will instantly make them feel at home with its sense of style and comfort.”

Following in the steps of the internationally revered Harbour Rocks Hotel – its sister property – ornamental art and designer furnishings have been sourced from around the globe and adorn the spectacular new suites.
From regional France to Australian design houses, the eclectic art pieces, some of which have been commissioned specifically for the space they occupy, are a beautiful feature of the new rooms and reflect the very history of the wharf, which began life over a century ago as the main wharf for P&O ships, bringing cargo and passengers to Sydney from all over the world.
As well as the seven new suites, The Sebel Pier One Sydney has also created 22 new Waterside King and Heritage King rooms, which now takes the hotel’s total room count to 189.
Simon McGrath, CEO of Accor Hotels Australia, operators of the hotel believes the hotel’s accommodation adds a significant new element to Sydney’s tourism scene.
“There are no other suites in the city that resonate ‘Sydney’ as much as the new balcony suites of The Sebel Pier One do, and we believe that they will be very popular with visitors who want to really experience Sydney while also enjoying a premier location for business and leisure.”
Pier One has been a feature of Sydney Harbour since its construction in 1912. The Pier was used by P&O Cruises as a passenger terminal and cargo until 1977, when works began on redeveloping the site for commercial use. From the late-70s to early-90s, The Pier was in disuse until it was restored and redeveloped into an innovative hotel. The Sebel Pier One Sydney opened in spring 1999, just in time to welcome in the new millennium. In 2012 it celebrated its 100th year anniversary.

Located alongside the harbour, the hotel’s Front Restaurant & Bar offers alfresco dining on the Pier, which is complemented by a modern Australian menu and extensive wine list. The hotel also has a newly renovated gymnasium with harbour views, equipped with a full range of the latest exercise equipment and is available 24-hours a day.

In September 2012, the hotel launched its spectacular new function space, Water @ Pier One, which has quickly become Sydney’s most sought after venue for cocktail parties, product launches, weddings, conferences, events, gala lunches and dinners. Situated on the ground floor and at the front of the Pier with expansive wrap-around glass windows, Water @ Pier One is made up of eight conference and event rooms, enjoys unrivalled views of Sydney Harbour and can hold up to 450 people.

With the hotel’s prime harbour frontage, guests can arrive by yacht or water taxi via the hotel’s private pontoon, which provides direct water access to nearby attractions including the Opera House, Luna Park and Taronga Zoo. The Sebel Pier One Sydney is not only an iconic Sydney Harbour landmark, but a well placed, pioneering hotel offering guests a truly unique Sydney – and Australian – experience.

Rates start from $299 for a standard Heritage King room and $699 for a Harbour View Suite.
Bookings: phone 1800 780 485 or visit http://www.sebelpierone.com.au

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SOCIAL SPY** SYDNEY CELEBRATES REJUVENATION OF PARKROYAL DARLING HARBOUR, SYDNEY

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Sydneysiders this week celebrated a milestone in the history of one of Australia’s most respected hotel brands with the official launch of the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney. Hosted by well- known travel presenter Laura Csortan and actor Rodger Corser, the event included a live performance from RnB star Timomatic and an intimate, surprise performance by X-Factor judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

Over 400 guests from the business, entertainment and travel & tourism industries enjoyed drinks and canapés in the expansive new lobby before moving to the new restaurant and conference floor.

There they were treated to an intricately crafted array of dishes inspired by PARKROYAL hotels around the world, including Myanmar, Vietnam and Singapore. As part of the showcase of destinations and experiences unique to the harbour city, Westfield Sydney staged a live fashion show to present the latest collections from their broad range of Australian designers. A destination itself, Westfield Sydney hosts some of the world’s most desired iconic brands and premium world- class dining options. Westfield Sydney also has an array of Concierge services popular with tourists and corporate travellers including the Westfield Sydney Privilege Card offering visitors to Sydney exclusive discounts, special offers and access to our onsite Concierge Team which includes the option of hotel delivery.

Among the guests were The Hon Martin Ferguson MP, Federal Tourism Minister, Tourism Australia CEO Andrew McEvoy and A. Patrick Imbadelli, President and CEO of Pan Pacific Hotels Group, owners of the PARKROYAL brand globally. Also in attendance were local stars Dan Ewing, Timmy Trumpet and Victoria Morish.

“This event perfectly heralded a new chapter for the PARKROYAL brand in Australia,” said Craig Bond, General Manager – Oceania of Pan Pacific Hotels Group. “Although PARKROYAL hotels offer exemplary service in half a dozen countries, the birth of the brand was here in Australia and it has been synonymous with hospitality in this country for decades. The rejuvenation of the DarlingHarbour property demonstrates to travellers both domestically and internationally that we will continue to provide a cutting edge hotel experience well into the future.”

The new hotel interiors were the work of internationally acclaimed design firm HASSELL, last year named Australasia’s number one architectural design practice in the BD World Architecture Top 100. The designers introduced a fresh, contemporary aesthetic that seamlessly merges the international characteristics of the PARKROYAL brand with Australian influences unique to the hotel’s locale. Incorporating the latest in hotel technology, the redesign will soon allow smartphones to be encoded as room keys.

Offering a personal level of service, the 340-room PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney is conveniently located on the eastern fringe of the CBD, placing it within walking distance of many of the city’s finest dining and entertainment options. With most of Sydney’s iconic tourist attractions nearby, it is perfectly situated for holidaymakers to explore the city at their leisure. For business travellers, the hotel’s Club Rooms offer a range of services and facilities including priority check-in, in-room Wi Fi, a complimentary laundry service and access to the Club Lounge to make their stay as streamlined as possible.

Photo credit on all is Belinda Rolland.

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SOCIAL SPY** The Grace Hotel’s Seafood Buffet

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It’s a popular dining experience for both guests and locals, and last night The Grace Hotel launched its Seafood Buffet!

Set in the Brassiere on the second floor, there was a variety of treats such as prawns, sea bass, oysters and other mouth-watering fish selections to choose from.

The buffet is available Tuesdays – Saturdays each week from February until July 27, and is priced at $45 per person.

And if you don’t fancy seafood then there is pork, potatoes, chicken as well as the usual menu still available.

Excitingly, Sydney Social was invited along to sample all the goodies on offer. Each section is split into starters, main and there was even a sweet stand with many delicious cakes on display.

The hotel, on Pitt Street, is set right in the heart of the city centre – so it’s an ideal spot for business meetings, family dinners or even a romantic meal for two!

For bookings call 02 9272 6670 or email restaurant.reservations@gracehotel.com.au, and for more information check out the website http://www.gracehotel.com.au

Sydney’s Social’s reporter Jennifer Fletcher was guest blogging for the opening night.

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WHAT’S ON** FEEL THE LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY IN SYDNEY

This Valentine’s Day there is plenty to treat your other half to, or yourself!

Here is a comprehensive list for you to have a glance at, to give you inspiration for the day of love!

Valentine’s Day at Arras

At this stunning restaurant nestled in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, it’s the perfect choice for an inner city splash out. Think amazing food, stunning intimate interior and LOTS of brownie points! There’s a five course menu and an eight course degustation to choose from.

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Bucket List Bondi

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“Come in to The Bucket List and break bread with your Valentine on February 14!” – The lovely guys at Bucket List: Bondi ‘s beach-front trendy eatery, have baked a special heart shaped loaf.

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Top chef Tom has created a platter that he calls -‘Love to Share’. It promises to be amazing and has a bit of an aphrodisiac theme -rock oysters, tartare of salmon served with avocado crème, fresh figs , almonds, pomegranate and zucchini flowers … which will be sure to get you in the mood! at $40 it is incredible value.

Valentine’s Day with the Keystone Group

GAZEBO WINE GARDEN

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The Scoot N Root

Glass of Madam Coco rosé, 1 x red stemmed rose, shared platter of aphrodisiacs to start and a main course – $55 per person

Glass of Taittinger, 1 x red stemmed rose, shared platter of aphrodisiacs to start, a main course and dessert – $99 per person

*Have dinner with us then head then over to Darlinghurst Theatre to see Torch Song Trilogy. If we book for you – we can get you a concession rate to the play for $35!*

THE WINERY

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Fall in love at The Winery

Indulge in a desert tasting plate for two for $26 which can be ordered on the night.

MANLY WINE

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Surf, Wine and Love at Manly

A delicious dinner, decadent desserts and a wine list to swoon over! We also have a rose, chocolate and glass of bubbles for $15 to make your dinner that little bit extra special.

NEWTOWN HOTEL – THE ANIMAL

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Get animalistic this Valentine’s Day

Enjoy bubbles on arrival, a flower for your valentine and a feast for 2 from our Greek Eatery – $55 per person

AND if you are flying solo this Valentine’s day…

Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ

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Who needs boys anyway?

$35 Banquet menu including cocktails on arrival.

MCA Café’s “Sounds on the Terrace”

At the MCA Café in the Rocks, guests can soak up free live music and spectacular views from Circular Quay to the Harbour Bridge at the Café’s Sculpture Terrace where Sounds on the Terrace takes place. This is the perfect spot to start your Valentine’s evening with pre-dinner drinks before your dinner reservation nearby. Or you can make a night of it in the relaxed ambience, sipping champagne and enjoying shared plates with friends and loved ones. New Sydney-based act, Recall will feature music composed by Daniel OʼLeary on the night.

MCA Cafe & Sculpture Terrace

The MCA Café and Sculpture Terrace is located on Level Four of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The understated but luxurious finishes of the Sculpture Terrace provide a sleek contemporary backdrop to suit any occasion. Open to the public as well as Museum visitors, the café has a contemporary atmosphere in which to enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea, or simply to drop in for a coffee. The seasonal and sustainable menu changes daily, to utilise fresh, local produce.

Date: Thursday 14 February 2013
Time: 05.30 PM – 09.00 PM
Location: MCA Sculpture Terrace, Level 4 Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
Cost: Free
More Info: http://www.mca.com.au/events/sounds-terrace-14-feb/5822/

Vaucluse House Tea Rooms

At the Eastern Suburbs’ historic Vaucluse House Tearooms, Fresh Catering will present an exclusive dining event featuring live entertainment for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day, Thursday February 14th. The Tearooms are situated within the grounds of the Vaucluse House Estate.

Guests will be treated to a sumptuous three course dinner prepared by award-winning caterer, Fresh Catering, together with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. With bookings available after 6pm, the price for each guest is $65. Live harp music will feature throughout the night, filling the room with a touch old school romance.

Celebrate Valentines at The Star Casino

The Darling

This February, The Darling hotel will be running its special ‘Be My Darling’ package including an overnight stay, romantic breakfast for two in your room and two cocktails at Cherry bar. For those seeking extra relaxation, it’s possible to upgrade your booking to a Jewel Suite for an additional $250 that entitles guests to a couple’s massage to the value of $350.

(Be My Darling $399; Jewel Suite Upgrade $250; to book quote “BEMYDARLING”; available Sunday-Thursday February 2013; 1800 800 830;www.thedarling.com.au)

Spa

In celebration of the month of love, The Spa at The Darling is offering two exclusive pamper sessions for both men and women – The Romeo and The Juliet. For the guys, what’s not to love about an invigorating sports massage, followed by a relaxing scalp massage and a refreshing beer afterwards as part of the treatment? The Juliet includes an express facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, the short and sweet pedi and an indulgent glass of champagne at the end.

(The Romeo – 1hr 15 $200; The Juliet – 1hr 30 $200; available February 2013; 1800 800 830; www.thedarling.com.au)

Sokyo

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The contemporary Japanese restaurant will be serving an indulgent eight course menu, created by renowned chef Chase Kojima, including some of the restaurant’s most famed dishes such as its signature sushi and Abalone Tempura. Chef Kojima brilliantly fuses traditional Japanese culinary craftsmanship with modern Australian flavour.

($120 per person; bookings required; www.star.com.au/sokyo

BLACK by ezard

Award winning chef, Teague Ezard, has put together a seven course degustation menu for Valentine’s Day showcasing what makes BLACK by ezard one of Sydney’s top restaurants. From a delicate sashimi through to a luxuriant wagyu rump, the menu features the perfect balance of Australian and Asian flavours.

($130 per person, matching wines $70 per adult; bookings required; www.star.com.au/black)


Balla

Stefano Manfredi brings the best of romantic Italy to your table at Balla this Valentine’s Day with a four course set menu beginning with an antipasti feast, followed by a choice of fresh pasta, a main course of either wood grilled John Dory or veal tenderloin, finishing off with a delicious Italian dessert.

($125 per person; bookings required; www.star.com.au/balla)

Cherry

With its stunning harbour views, Cherry bar is the perfect setting for a stylish pre-dinner tipple to begin your evening. Choose from a host of impeccably made cocktails, made with only the finest ingredients, including fruity Bellinis, aromatic Mojitos and robust scotch based drinks.

(www.star.com.au/cherry)

Rock Lily: Thursday 14th February

It’s rockabilly night at The Star’s live music venue this Valentine’s Day with a dance competition open to everyone! Strut your stuff on the dance floor to Australia’s best live swing acts for the chance to win prizes galore.

7:30pm-9:30pm – Aston Martinis

10:00pm – 11:30pm – Jordan C Thomas

(Entry is complimentary and no bookings are required. With a limited capacity, Rock Lily operates on a first in best dressed basis;www.star.com.au/rocklily)

24/7 Sports Bar Thursday 14th February

It’s set to be an unforgettable Valentine’s Day for cricket lovers this year as Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee and Brad Hadden make an appearance at the 24/7 Sports Bar. There’ll be a chance to get the players’ autographs, listen to a short Q&A and enter a competition to win a framed signed bat by the Australian Cricket team.

(Entry is complimentary and no bookings are required. With a limited capacity, 24/7 Sports Bar operates on a first in, best dressed basis)

For bookings, more information or enquiries, visit www.star.com.au or call 1800 700 700.

So as you can see there is PLENTY to choose from! Hope you have a simply wonderful day and celebrate it with those that mean the most to you!

WHAT’S ON – IGNITE THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS WITH OVER 1.25 MILLION LIGHTS AT HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS

Over 250,000 lights have been added to this year’s Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens ensuring that the event, with over 1.25 million lights in total, will be the best yet! The Gardens will be filled with vibrant colour, incredible light and sound displays every night from Friday 9th November, 2012 until Saturday 26th January, 2013 (excluding Christmas Day and night).

In its sixth year, Christmas Lights Spectacular is the largest lights display in the Southern Hemisphere, making it a must see for the entire family and a great way to kick start that festive season.

The much anticipated event has won the prestigious Hunter Region Tourism Award for ‘Best Major Festival or Event’ for 2009, 2010 and 2011 earning it a place in the Hall of Fame within this category.

Hunter Valley Garden s General Manager, Kyle McKendry says, “This year will be bigger, brighter and better than previous years. We’ll have live entertainment for all ages, delicious food and wine and more Christmas lights than ever illuminating the Gardens.”

The Twelve Days of Christmas music and light display in the Border Garden, the cactus musical extravaganza and the three mega trees that are an incredible 12, 9 and 6 metres high are sure to amaze visitors. There are also light and music displays throughout the Storybook Garden and the greatest story ever told at the nativity scene.

Embrace the Christmas spirit with harmonious tunes, millions of glittering light displays showered across the spectacular grounds of Hunter Valley Gardens and jolly visits from Santa, (photos available).

Gates will open nightly from 6.30pm, with pre-lights entertainment and food stalls. The lights display will commence at 7.30pm.

Entry to Christmas Li ghts Spectacular:
Adult $20.00
Children (4-15 yrs) $15.00
Children 3 yrs & Under FREE. Each child will receive a FREE glow stick.
Family (2ad+2chd) $60.00
Extra Child (with Family Pass) $5.00
Day/Night (Return) Adult $35.00
Day/Night (Return) Child $15.00

Annual Pass (unlimited entry to Hunter Valley Gardens)
Adult $85.00
Family (2ad+2chd) $225.00
Child (4-15 yrs) $60.00

To find out more about the Christmas Lights Spectacular, please visitwww.hvg.com.au or call 02 4998 4000. In the event of wet weather, please visit our Facebook or Twitter page or contact Hunter Valley Gardens to find out if the Christmas Lights Spectacular will be open.
Christmas Lights Spectacular accommodation packages are available. For bookings and enquiries please contact Harrigan’s Irish Pub and Accommodation on 1800 800 522.

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