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As far as locations go, you can’t beat West Hotel. It’s smack bang in the middle of one of Sydney’s hottest lifestyle precincts, Barangaroo (the buzzing waterfront promenade is worth checking out on Friday evenings), and also offers easy access to Sydney’s CBD and Darling Harbour with their many attractions. But even if you come for the location, you’ll stay for the actual hotel. The jewelbox-esque building is home to Australia’s first Curio Collection by Hilton property, which aims to meld luxury with a bit of personality. Combining all the benefits of a large global chain like Hilton...

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NOOSA HEADS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

The enticingly named Sunshine Coast is a meandering stretch of relaxed beachside town an hour’s drive from Brisbane International Airport, with Noosa Heads and its chic seafront, Hastings Street, the jewel in its sandy crown. Once just home to surfers, backpackers and creative types, Noosa Heads has been transformed with an influx of urbanites from Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney. It’s now known for its cosmopolitan cafe culture, fresh and varied produce, exclusive shopping and rolling surf (think Australia’s version of Montauk in the Hamptons). Butting on to one of Australia’s most renowned surf beaches...

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