There’s nothing better than Valentine’s Day in Sydney. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and love is alive in the fresh open air. Here’s how to celebrate the most romantic day of the year in one of the best cities in the world.
The art of the gift
First thing’s first – the Valentine’s Day gift. Roses and chocolates are timeless, but this could be the year to try for something unique. Iconic designer Cristina Re has introduced a new ‘Love’ collection of teaware that make ideal keepsakes for your loved ones. If you’re thinking of making this Valentine’s Day really memorable, boutique jeweller Fairfax & Roberts have just released ‘Everlasting’, a new collection of engagement rings. These meticulously crafted bespoke rings are simple stunning and sure to get that all-important “yes”.
Wining & dining
Sydney is one of the world’s great foodie cities, so you’re in for some truly exceptional dining. Head into the city for a moonlit stroll around the harbour, which will be lined with twinkling lights. If money is no object, book a table at one of the high end restaurants near Circular Quay. With stunning harbour views, innovative menus and impressive wine cellars, these are sure to impress your amour. If you’d prefer a more intimate setting, there are plenty of stylish wine bars and cocktail bars which make for the ultimate night of romance. For a special end to your evening, walk down to the Opera House for the magical performance of La Bohème, a glittering production set in 1930s Berlin.
Do it yourself
If you’re looking for something a little more low key, a picnic in the park can be every bit as romantic as five-star dining. Central Sydney is dotted with leafy green spaces where you can set up your blanket for some al fresco fun. For great views of the harbour, try the Botanic Gardens or the Domain, or head to Hyde Park for a serene oasis in the midst of the bustling CBD. The David Jones Food Hall is chock full of gourmet goodies, so stock up on fresh bread, cheese, ham and olives, and while away a dreamy afternoon in the sun.
The night doesn’t have to end yet. Check into a plush suite at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth for your own romantic mini break. Book a relaxing couples’ massage in your room, enjoy a glass of champagne in the marble bath and wake up to breakfast in bed with views into the stylish garden courtyard.
All the single ladies
No partner? No problem. Grab a group of friends and mark the occasion with a special girls’ day out. Start by hitting the luxury stores on Castlereagh Street or find something more affordable in the Pitt Street Mall. Then indulge in a Ladies High Tea at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, which includes a three-tiered tray of pink-themed treats, a glass (or two) of bubbles and a mini manicure at ANS Desire Nails & Beauty in the Wentworth Arcade.
Find out more about Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s month-long Valentine’s offers here.