The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
Time Out says
Once-stodgy Double Bay is shaking off the cobwebs and roaring back to life
In its previous iterations, it hosted US presidents, our own Prime Ministers (Bob Hawke famously ran through the area in budgie smugglers), Princess Diana and, sadly, Michael Hutchence on the last night of his life. Now it’s The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, back at its brilliant best after a huge renovation. There are 140 contemporary rooms and suites, a rooftop pool with cabanas, several restaurants, bars and retail spaces. At Stillery, the bar off the lobby, you’ll find more than 60 local and international gins and a list of signature cocktails (make ours a Four Pillars Gin Martini with olives) alongside ciders, wines and more spirits.
When you wake up... Walk along New South Head Road to the Murray Rose Pool, a harbour beach and large swimming enclosure that’s ripe for a dip any time of year.
During the day... A ferry wharf around the corner serves as a stop for Sydney Ferries – pick a destination and go for a day trip. It also doubles as the base of the 18 Footers League, home of the fastest mono-hulled boats on the planet. Throughout the year, catch races in the club and state titles or the premier event, the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship.
After dark... Critics grumbled when Evan Hansimikali appeared on reality TV with Pink Salt but he saw it through the area’s darkest days, when you’d barely find an open restaurant at night. A revamped menu has share plates and mains like spatchcock, blue-eyed cod and pork belly.