One Month Left to Experience the Igloos at Pier One

Pier One Sydney Igloo Interior

From hot tub experience to unique proposal setting, Pier One Sydney’s igloos offer cosy winter experiences with unobstructed Walsh Bay views

Pier One Sydney Harbour’s beloved winter pop-up – ‘Igloos On The Pier’ – is back with new re-imagined experiences. Open until the 30th of August, this season’s retinue of Pier One Igloos are now perched in suites overlooking the harbour. Igloo experiences range from sleepovers under the stars to a hot tub igloo and a bespoke proposal experience.

Enjoy this socially distanced harbourside retreat in safety, knowing that the NSW Government has certified Pier One Sydney Harbour as a COVID-Safe premises. This year, each igloo is limited to a maximum of 10 people to ensure social distancing expectations are met.

Pier One’s Dream Igloo Suite offers harbourside views of Walsh Bay from the comfort of the igloo balcony’s cosy furnishings, including plenty of cushions and a daybed. With overnight accommodation available in Suite 216, there’s no time like the present to experience a sleepover under Sydney’s stars.

Perched 5 metres above the pier, the Hot Tub Igloo offers warm and cosy relaxation sessions with a private bathroom, including bathrobes and towels. Stroll from the igloo’s interior to its balcony to find the hot tub, where the fresh harbour breeze enhances the ambiance. Guests can also book the Hot Tub Igloo for an overnight experience in Suite 247.

The popular winter proposal experience hosted by Pier One are once again available in collaboration with My Proposal Co. Rent out a private igloo designed for a romantic wintery proposal setting, complete with mood lighting, catering, photographer, event coordination and personal touches.

Pre-ordered sharable food and beverage items are available for all igloos. Three luxe hampers are available to guests: the Cheese & Charcuterie Hamper in collaboration with The Gantry; the Seafood Market Basket; and the After Dark Hamper featuring desserts styled by The Gantry. All three hampers feature Australian products, including components of the After Dark Hamper being sourced from bushfire affected regions to support local recovery efforts.

Daily bookings are available at 12:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

Book from $600AUD, which includes a minimum of $400AUD spent on food and beverages.

The New Way to Travel: Stay Small, Stay Safe with Small Luxury Hotels

Socially distanced dining at Small Luxury Hotels

As hotels prepare to welcome travellers, Small Luxury Hotels provides new cleanliness standards for increased solitude and safety across all destinations

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is launching the ‘Stay Small, Stay Safe’ initiative that offers enhanced health and detailed safety guidelines for all 520 member hotels in 90 countries. Nearly 230 SLH member hotels have now re-opened and many prepare to open in the coming months. The program aims to ease guests’ cleanliness concerns as they prepare to travel the world once again.

A recent survey conducted of SLH guests shows over 90% of travellers would feel more comfortable staying in a small independent hotel. The ‘Stay Small, Stay Safe’ initiative’s goal is to provide travellers with the intimate, less crowded hotel experiences they are seeking. With an average of 50 rooms per SLH property, these destinations can offer secluded, discrete options with safety standards.

In order to safeguard these standards, SLH has entered a partnership with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) for its hotels to pursue GBAC STAR™ accreditation. This accreditation provides third-party validation that ensure hotels have the proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and work practices in place so guests can relax during their stay.

Additionally, a ‘Stay Small, Stay Safe’ module will be launched on the SLH website, helping guests and travel advisors make informed decisions by guiding visitors’ journeys through the site. The SLH module aims to provide the latest updates on border openings, quarantine restrictions, best practices and information pertaining to COVID-19 precautions at each hotel. The SLH Quality Assurance Policy will also update the 700-point Mystery Inspection program checklist. Mystery Inspectors are anonymous SLH staffers who pose as guests at member locations to ensure that each destination adheres to SLH standards. The update will add 136 checkpoints related to health, safety and cleanliness standards performed at all 520 hotels annually. The heightened standards for hygiene will be critical for the safety and comfort of each guest and staff member as hotels reopen their doors.

“Travellers are yearning for a change of scenery and have already begun to cautiously book their next adventure, and with these new measures, SLH can confidently reassure each guest of a worry-free stay,” says Jean-Francois Ferret, CEO at Small Luxury Hotels of the World.