At the end of last year, I entered a competition that was focused around an ideal weekend in Sydney. I summarised all of my favourite things that this wonderful city has to offer in a blog post, which you can check out here. It seems that luck was on my side, and I ended up winning the competition and the awesome prize that came with it:
- 2 nights stay for 2 people at the Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney, in a Business Class room
- Lattouf Hair and Day Spa Signature Candle Massage
- High tea at Bistro Fax Restaurant
- Activity / Experience to the value of $1,200
I was all set for an awesome weekend and chose to spend the prize money on a Harbour Bridge Climb, a cooking class at the Sydney Fishing school with Dan Hong as the teacher and dinner at the wonderful Sepia restaurant.
The weekend started by checking into our room. The hotel is smack bang in the middle of the business district of Wynyard so you are in walking distance to all parts of the city. After checking out all of the room amenities, the awesome bathroom, jumping on the bed, and making myself a Nespresso coffee (I need to invest in one of these machines), I was off for a walk to Circular Quay and the Botanical Gardens which I hadn’t explored in a long while.
Circular Quay & The Botanical Gardens
There is honestly nothing better then Sydney on a beautiful day – and other then eating good food around town, my one recommendation to any tourist is to walk around. No need to follow a map, just walk and walk and you will really get to appreciate this city. If you want to discover more on Sydney, check out the Club Carlson destination page for some handy tips :).
Some of the inclusions of a Business Class room at the Radisson are a foodie’s dream…buffet breakfast served up on level 10 every morning, which is only accessible to all other business room patrons, and also canapés and drinks in the same area every night from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Its all of these little extras, that make the experience even more relaxing. Another favourite was the morning newspaper hanging from my door, ready to be read at breakfast.
We took a seat near the big glass windows, and started piling our plates with yummy breakfast goodies and strong coffees.
In my opinion, you always need to end your meal with something sweet. A Nutella covered croissant is the perfect answer!
Harbour Bridge Climb
The Bridge Climb was something that I always knew I would do, but there had never been the right time to book it in. If you want some of the best views of Sydney (and are not afraid of heights), then make sure you add this to your to do list. It’s honestly a once in a life time experience, and even though the photos at the end are expensive, make sure you buy them as otherwise you will have no memory of doing the climb since you can’t take a phone, camera, or Go Pro up with you.
Beautiful Sydney from above.
High Tea at Bistro Fax Restaurant
On the Sunday afternoon, the weather turned completely and went from an extremely warm sunny day, to torrential rain and storm. We were lucky enough to see it all unravel through one of the lovely big windows in Bistro Fax, which is in the foyer of the hotel and where the High Tea is served. There is something very comforting about High Tea, and I think it is down to the perfect accompaniment of a cup of tea, alongside a scone lathered in cream and jam.
Our tier was broken out into three levels, and we made our way from the bottom up to the top. Starting off with the savouries, we had a few finger sandwiches, salmon wrap and curry puffs. Next level were an assortment of plain and fruit scones, with thick cream and sweet jam. Then on the top tier were the sweet treats, which were all very colourful, but a bit too creamy for my liking.
It’s always fun to get together and enjoy a lovely afternoon at high tea, especially when you can dress up and be seated in a beautiful tea room.
Dan Hong Cooking Class
I am a major foodie, but I had never actually taken part in a cooking class before. I had heard so many good things about the Sydney Seafood School classes, and once I saw that they partner with amazing chefs from Sydney I was sold. I booked in for a seafood class with Dan Hong (head chef at MsG’s & Mr Wongs), and actually had the best time and learnt a lot of new things about cooking with seafood and also about using Asian ingredients.
The 4 hour class was split into three sections, the first two hours were with Dan Hong showing us each of the four dishes we would be cooking and how to prepare them. We then broke out into groups of 6 and moved across to the commercial kitchen to put our own cooking skills to the test. Lastly, we all sat down in the dining room with a bottle of wine, our four amazing seafood dishes, and our new friends to enjoy what we had created.
I couldn’t recommend these classes enough, with everything being perfectly organised, staff on hand to assist you, and of course having a fantastic chef like Dan Hong wandering around to help you out and answer all our questions.
The weekend came to a close, and it was one of those ones where you didn’t want it to end. The comfy king size bed, and daily buffet breakfast were soon to be a thing of the past.
A big thank you to the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel for having me, and for making my stay that extra bit more special.