November 9, 2014


Double Bay in Sydney’s affluent eastern suburbs, has the honour of being the chosen location for the only five-star luxury hotel outside the city’s CBD. Known for its elegant boutiques, restaurants, cosy coffee shops and not forgetting its cosmopolitan lifestyle, this harbourside village is the perfect setting for the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, which opened its doors on Thursday 6 November 2014.

DSC_5860The opening marks the revival of the original building at 33 Cross Street, with restored features such as the grand staircase, Italian marble bathrooms, fireplaces and Parisian balconies, enhanced by a contemporary redesign.

Its world-class team is standing by to welcome guests to this 140 room hotel.

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay General Manager Frederic Brohez said the hotel would open all rooms, features and facilities, from the first floor to the sixth, simultaneously. “We are very excited to share this beautifully transformed property with the local community and visitors to Double Bay and Sydney. We have seen this hotel grow from a construction site teeming with builders, painters and tilers, into a stunning contemporary retreat replete with designer furnishings, kitchens packed with produce and equipment and more than 100 full-time staff ready to make our guests feel special” said Mr Brohez.

DSC_5892The hotel’s Executive Chef, Julien Pouteau, conducted final menu tastings for destination restaurant Stockroom and Head Sommelier, Kabir Antoniak, completed the expansive list of local and international wines and the Stillery team has filled the seven metre long marble bar with last arrivals of rare and vintage gins.

Among the hotel’s unique features are the Rooftop Pool and Lounge, the exclusive Club InterContinental lounge and French provincial courtyard plus Sydney’s only fully separate kosher kitchen.

Shoppers will have to wait a little longer for the building’s ground floor retail precinct to be opened, with leased offerings to include Snap Fitness 24-hour gym, luxury Trumps Spa, Henley Wholefoods, Saké Restaurant & Bar plus a restaurant and bar by newly formed hospitality company The Group.

Why not be one of the first to experience the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, while at the same time soaking in the atmosphere of this sophisticated village. From 6 November 2014, the hotel has a special opening rate from $390 per night, including breakfast for two. As well as sampling the delights of all the hotel has to offer, it’s a great opportunity to stroll the tree lined streets of Double Bay and shop at leisure in the many beautiful boutiques or just sit in the harbourside park, gazing at the yachts and ferries on Sydney Harbour.

Sandra Tiltman   Photos: John Pond




November 9, 2014


Toshiba and Intel recently held an event with a difference at a specially designed Pop-Up venue in Surry Hills, where sushi delivery was taken to new heights with the Seriously Japanese Pop Up Zushi Roller Coaster. Being greeted by two geisha lookalikes was a fun way to be shown to our seats, which were milk crates with planks on top.

DSC04335Orders were placed for the crafted sushi via the latest Toshiba tablets and 2-in-1 devices powered by Intel Inside. The bespoke sushi, designed by artisan chefs, was delivered to the table after a mind-blowing, break-neck journey via the exclusively created sushi roller coaster.

Guests waiting to enter the pop up venue were lined up almost the full length of the inner city laneway. Walking past the crowd as we departed, we were asked by those eagerly waiting, if it was worth the wait. Yes, we answered, it’s definitely worth staying in line to see such an imaginative and clever sushi delivery system, more impressive than the usual sushi train. The fact the sushi tasted so good was a bonus.

Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond