InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
As if Double Bay wasn't fancy enough already, the revamped InterContinental Sydney Double Bay livens up this chic shopping enclave. With its villagey setting just a few minutes away from the business district, this luxe retreat has a resort feel, thanks in part to the Rooftop Pool & Lounge—all blue-and-white lounge chairs, romantic cabanas, and dreamy harbor views. The 140 rooms and 15 suites have been stylishly redesigned by architects Bates Smart in a charcoal and blue palette. Stillery bar has a thing for gin, whipping up botanical concoctions, or you can enjoy a High Martini (a boozier version of high tea). Dine on seasonal produce at Stockroom, or breeze in for champagne brunch during the weekend. Luxury Trumps Spa and hair salon is downstairs so there's no excuse not to look the part.