Fiji Trip Report Index
Introduction: Belgium to Fiji in 13 flights (26561 miles, 42746km)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Grand Suite at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Singapore Airlines First Class: The Private Room @ Changi Airport
Singapore Airlines First Class: SQ211 Singapore to Sydney B777-300A
Opera King room at Park Hyatt Sydney
Beachfront View room at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
Singapore Airlines Business Class: SQ232 Sydney to Singapore
Thai Airways First Class: Royal Orchid Spa, TG920 Bangkok to Frankfurt A380
Pic: Enjoying the rooftop Pool & Spa at Park Hyatt Sydney (Jan 2013)
The 15h long layover between my Singapore Airlines First Class flight and my Air New Zealand Business Class flight to Auckland, allowed me to experience the amazing Park Hyatt Sydney. Located at The Rocks, right next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, offering stunning views on the Sydney Opera House, rooms don’t come cheap at Park Hyatt Sydney. For my stay on Saturday Jan 12, the best available rate was AUD820 (€654, $853). Luckily, there was a cheaper alternative: Hyatt Stay Certificates. Until a few weeks ago, it was possible to redeem Inspire certificates ($319) at Park Hyatt Sydney. Unfortunately, Hyatt introduced new certificate levels in January and now an Ultimate certificate ($461) is required for night at the Park Hyatt Sydney. It might still make sense to use Ultimate certificates at Park Hyatt Sydney, but redeeming 22K Hyatt Gold Passport points looks to be a better choice. Using an Inspire certificate which was $319 + $25 shipping, I paid $344 (€272) instead of the best available rate of $853 (€654).
Pic: Breakfast with Opera House view at Park Hyatt Sydney (Jan 2013)
Upon arrival at Sydney airport, Aron, an Australian friend who I hadn’t seen since 2004, drove me to the Park Hyatt. At check-in my room was upgrade from a City Harbour King to an Opera King. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to make pictures of the room, as Aron and his friends insisted to show me Sydney nightlife until early in the morning. 🙂 From the numerous bars we visited, Palmer & Co was my favorite. As I only returned to the Park Hyatt around 6am, I didn’t get to use my room much, except for a refreshing shower. At least I got to enjoy the Australian sunrise from the Park Hyatt rooftop Spa & Pool with view on the Opera House, followed by a delicious complimentary breakfast as per Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond benefits. Before heading to the airport for my 12pm flight to Auckland, Aron showed me some of the parks surrounding the Sydney harbour. Thanks again for the great hospitality Aron & friends! Hope to be back soon!
Pic: Bart Lapers at Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge (Jan 2013)
Pic: View from my Opera King room 241 at Park Hyatt Sydney (Jan 2013)