Shangri-la Hotel (Sydney)

The Shangri-la Hotel revolves its purpose and service based on the core values of sincerity, humility, helpfulness, respect, courtesy and selflessness. Considering they are named after the Tibetan myth of Shambala–that tells of a lost paradise where wisdom is conserved and protected from the degeneration of society–the moniker is quite fitting. Most people these days know of the legend’s location as Shangri-la, a name given by James Hilton in his 1933 novel, Lost Horizon, where he fictionalizes this utopic paradise.

While the true Shangri-la has never been found, the Sydney location of this hotel, gets one pretty close to the ideal. It is, after all, the city’s leading deluxe hotel. It is located in the Rocks district between the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge. With 565 spacious rooms that have stunning water views, a royal suite and a presidential suite, the Shangri-la Hotel, is an experience one shouldn’t miss