This property should be on everyone’s bucket list. Not only is the destination truly amazing, the hotel is an oasis in the vast expanse of Western Australia and the journey to get to Ningaloo is like no other. There is just something about the WA coastline
The beginning of our journey started way back in December, 2007 (testing the memory a little) as we co-ordinated the Novotel branding. I was fortunate enough to visit this property in October 2009 (easy to remember as Geelong won the premiership “go cats”) and the memories are so vivid and will be with me forever.
– Arriving at the resort and looking at the colours of the ocean through the Reception area
– Standing on the stones in the shower, massaging my feet and washing my hair at the same time
– Being engulfed by the most comfortable couch I have ever experienced
– Buying seafood from the “secret locals spot”, cooking it on the bbq whilst the kids swam in the spa and watched the sunset
– The whales breaching as I chatted with the General Manager from the main hotel building
So fantastic are my memories, that some 8 years later, one of my parents was on a WA trip where they lived off the grid ina caravan for quite some time. As a surprise I arranged a nights accommodation (with a shower for that red dust) and a fantastic lunch. All organised some 5000km away. That is the beauty of hospitality, the people in it, the places we get to see and the truly great partnerships we make.
Sofitel Darling Harbour is one of my favourite places to visit when in Sydney.
Perched right in the heart of Darling Harbour, the hotel towers over the ICC and neighbouring Novotel Darling Harbour and often has light shows that encompass the exterior of the hotel in vivid colours.
Our journey started in September 2017 when we did the opening of the hotel. As you can imagine, a hotel the size of this has inherent intricacies, one of them being the mass co-ordination of stock. This included me flying to Sydney on an afternoon flight with 2 suitcases full of room stock ready to be included in this sorting.
I got to the loading dock and started to sort through this with the purchasing team. At the same time, what felt like every employee of the hotel were madly working and getting this stock into the room. During this time, I was also one of the lucky ones to see the rooms before they were opened to the public which was quite special.
Definite musts when you’re at the hotel are:
Enjoy a champagne in the gold-laden Champagne Bar or a bite to eat at Atelier.
Maybe a cheeky dip in the terrace infinity pool whilst enjoying a cocktail or two.
If you can, get yourself up to the Club Millesime way up on the 35th floor for the ultimate in indulgence including some pretty spectacular views (similar, but not limited to the picture included in this post)
Or if you prefer to be a bit more simplistic, sitting in the lobby in the sun reading a book or looking at the huge aquarium behind the reception desk is a sure way to pass many hours of the day.
Fast-forwarding through all these years and the memories that have been created, I’ve had a blast frequently coming back to this fantastic property.
To coin a popular phrase used in the industry, a hotel is only as good as the people within in it – and Sofitel Darling Harbour have some of the very best.