Rahim Kanani

A Class of its Own: The Park Hyatt Sydney

Rahim Kanani
A Class of its Own: The Park Hyatt Sydney

“Each specialty suite is thoughtfully designed with sophisticated luxury and residential intimacy in mind,” explained Marc von Arnim, General Manager of Park Hyatt Sydney. In an interview, we discussed the history of the hotel, the design and furnishings of their speciality suites, signature spa recommendations and much more.

Tell me a little bit about the history, location and evolution of the Park Hyatt Sydney.

Park Hyatt Sydney first opened its doors in July 1990, nestled between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the historical Rocks district.

The hotel went through a major refurbishment in the last quarter of 2011, re-opening in March 2012. Since 2012, we have set a bench mark for luxury harbour-side living in Sydney and continue to grow from strength to strength as a leading luxury Australian hotel.

How would you describe the furnishings, spaciousness and luxury of your top-tier, signature suites?

Unique and individual in style, each specialty suite at Park Hyatt Sydney is thoughtfully designed with sophisticated luxury and residential intimacy in mind.

An open-plan living concept and natural light are defining features of each luxury suite, a perfect complement to the hotel’s exclusive indoor-outdoor experience where floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto private balconies that honour the hotel’s exclusive waterfront location. With seamless glass balustrades and natural timber flooring, balconies are furnished with custom-designed outdoor furniture from which guests can take in magnificent views.

Elegantly appointed and spacious, and stylish yet understated, all specialty suites feature a host of luxurious elements such as custom-made cotton linens on luxurious king-size beds, soft leather furnishings, silk fabrics, subtle plush carpets, and specially commissioned artworks from renowned Australian artists.

For visitors traveling from far away, and in need of pure relaxation, what spa treatments might you recommend?

For travellers in need of some relaxation, I would recommend the Australian White Flannel Spa Organic treatment. It offers a complete sensory head-to-toe experience. Treatment begins with a coconut and jasmine rice full body exfoliation, followed by a facial, body soufflé and foot massage. Continue the journey with a warming cocoon ritual utilising Australian white flannel and bush flower extracts, blended with healing aloe Vera, hydrating watermelon, anti-aging ginseng and fruit actives that are rich in vitamin C.

In terms of cuisine, what are some of your favorite dishes from The Dining Room?

My personal favourite is our signature dish, the kangaroo tartar.  It offers Sydneysiders and Australian and international visitors an authentic and unique Australian meal experience. You also can’t go past our David Blackmore Wagyu sirloin with marble 9+ cooked to perfection.

For first-time visitors to Sydney, what are some ways in which the concierge team might help guests truly experience the city?

Our Chef Concierge, Jonathan Fambart, and his dedicated team are truly skilled in assisting our guests to ensure each recommendation is tailored to suit the personal preferences of each individual. We encourage our team to rely on their wealth of personal local experiences and network of industry partners to ensure we are providing our guests with the most on-trend recommendations.

They have assisted our guests with a private luxury boat hire on Sydney Harbour, premium tickets to seasonal shows at the Sydney Opera House, sea planes out of Rose bay and even coordinated a fireworks display in Sydney Harbour.