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Tried & Tested: Reviews Qantas Sydney to London (via Dubai)


The facts Qantas flies daily between Heathrow and Sydney via Dubai (with a 1 hour 45 minute stopover) with additional services available through its partnership with Emirates. Business class flights start from £4,325 in June.


the entrance isn’t grand or ornate; rather it blends in with the rest of the street, but once you get inside, things start to move up a gear. Not that the hotel is over the


top of course. Instead of ostentatious bling, architects Bates Smart – responsible for many of Australia’s finest hotels and restaurants – have gone for something a little more understated. Even though there’s plenty of marble, the cloudy grey colour gives it a coolness that contrasts well with the touches of gold, such as the chandelier hanging in the main lobby. My room was equally impressive, with more stylish greys and an ample balcony from which to contemplate


the day ahead. Arguably the biggest


draw is the hotel’s rooftop bar


and infinity pool and despite the gorgeous weather, I only had to share it with a handful of other guests. The lounge beds were an ideal place to while away the afternoon, and if you’re in the market for a cocktail, I can recommend the Cross Street Cover Girl. The hotel is also banking on


winning people over with its gin collection, which now stands at around 75 options. Around a third of these are Australian, highlighting the importance placed on locally sourced food and drink. Next door in the Stockroom restaurant this is really driven home too. The evening menu contains scallops from Hervey Bay and Striploin from Rangers Valley with a large selection of wine coming from New South Wales. The food, like the hotel itself,


strives for authenticity. Instead of being the showy celeb-magnet it once was, the atmosphere it creates today is that of a home away from home – albeit one where you can sip on a cocktail and drink in one of the best views in Sydney.


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Style and substance Business class is set out in a 2-2-2 on the upper deck of the A380, with 64 “Skybeds”. The steely grey individual pods are next to each other, which is great if you are travelling as a couple. The luggage allowance of 40kg is decent enough. The amenities kit (different for men and women) is well thought out and Qantas also gives out pyjamas for relaxing in.


Feeling


The airline’s biggest asset is probably its staff. As soon as I got on they were offering to help and were


always happy to chat. They also seemed to make a big fuss of the frequent flyers.


And so to bed A padded mattress slips on top of the lie-flat seat (78-inch pitch, and 21-inch width) which adjusts to a


horizontal position giving you a comfortable and spacious sleeping space.


On the menu Australian chef Neil Perry is the man behind Qantas’s first and business class menus. Food is cooked and blanched on-board rather than being reheated.


High-tech v low-tech As it was still Oscar season I had my pick of the year’s best movies. There’s also plenty of TV series to get stuck into on the 12.1-inch screen.


Who’s it for Couples looking to kickback and relax after a jaunt to the other side of the world.


If it were a famous person... Stylish yet a little bit rugged with a cheeky side: Australia’s very own Hugh Jackman.


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