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The Darling named Sydney’s only Five-Star Hotel for the 2nd year running by Forbes Travel Guide in Official 2018 Star Awards

March 1, 2018 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Forbes Travel Guide has unveiled its annual 2018 Star Award Winners, again bestowing the highest ranking of five stars to The Darling at The Star, the first and only hotel in New South Wales to receive top honours for the 2nd year running.

A Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating is the most coveted award in the global luxury travel sector. Setting the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958, the iconic properties awarded five stars are considered outstanding with virtually flawless service and facilities.

First awarded five stars in 2017, The Darling continues to sit alongside top international luxury brands such as The Peninsula Hotel Group, Four Seasons Hotel Group, Rosewood, The Ritz-Carlton, Park Hyatt and Mandarin Oriental.

Located at The Star Sydney, The Darling has been a key feature of Sydney’s leading entertainment destination since it opened in 2011. The hotel was designed as a stand-alone structure, with its own arrival experience, amenities and alluring personality.

Housed in a distinctive inverted glass tower resting on a sandstone podium, the boutique hotel and urban resort features 171 stylish and spacious rooms, suites and penthouses, a 25-metre outdoor heated swimming pool, world-class cuisine and an indulgent day spa, all enhanced by the panorama of Sydney’s world-famous harbour and landmarks.

The Darling also serves up a taste of Tokyo with the award-winning Sokyo restaurant from founder and executive chef Chase Kojima. Sophisticated dining at its best, Kojima combines traditional Japanese artistry with the finest local produce to create a bold and complex menu designed to share.

The Star Sydney managing director Greg Hawkins said the ongoing recognition from Forbes Travel Guide puts The Darling among the most reputable hotels in the world.

“Retaining Five stars is a tremendous achievement for our team at The Star and The Darling – one we are both extremely proud to receive. Our team has remained dedicated to redefining luxury hospitality in Sydney, leading the way with exceptional service, commitment to detail and offering a window into unforgettable experiences for our corporate and leisure guests” he said.

“We are delighted to once again receive the prestigious top honours from Forbes and are proud to deliver this gold standard to visitors from Australia and abroad at Sydney’s first and only Forbes five-star rated hotel.”

The Darling Spa has also been awarded a prestigious Forbes four-star rating positioning the world-class facility alongside the likes of Spa Montage Beverly Hills and The Peninsula Spa Paris.

With 13 luxurious treatment rooms including two exclusive couples’ suites and a Moroccan Hammam chamber, The Darling Spa is Sydney’s ultimate urban escape that takes pampering to new heights. The Darling Spa facilities also include a steam room, salt water Jacuzzi and a gym for an all-encompassing experience.

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