Boutique hotel The Darling at The Star Sydney has revealed a collection of 16 luxury suites following a major refurbishment project undertaken by design firm Fender Katsalidis.

The bespoke penthouse suites, inspired by the concept of rest and restoration, have been designed to offer “high-impact experiential moments” for guests.

Offering harbour views and luxurious height and scale, the executive suites are intended to take guests on a journey of discovery with playful elements layered throughout.  

“Our goal with the refurbishment of the two levels is to offer captivating experiences and one-of-a-kind memories through design,” said Fender Katsalidis Associate Principal, Catherine Allington.

“With this intention, each guest suite is reimagined to have its own unique visual and sensory journey creating distinctive moments that oscillate between playfulness and respite.

“The deluxe penthouse suite with the all-red karaoke room is unrestrained in its playfulness, so this is counteracted with an equally enhanced atmosphere of restfulness through the hues of soft greys and sages in the bedrooms.”

“Slight variations were also applied to the interpretations of each suite as we were working with many existing finishes being retained. Applying this nuanced approach created experiential vignettes and a level of personalisation that sustains a continued sense of discovery and excitement for recurring guests.”

The project, which spanned two years from conceptualisation to completion, initially began as a light-touch FFE exercise, before expanding to include renovations of the sleeping, dwelling and corridor areas, as well as detailed art curation and bespoke furniture creation by the Fender Katsalidis team.  

“The team at The Darling and Fender Katsalidis worked closely together in redefining the essence of luxury accommodation, uncovering the connection between guest and establishment and the interplay of design and experience,” said The Star Sydney Director of Hotels, Mario Naim.

“We are proud to continue investing and expanding what we offer at The Star to drive visitation and attract even more people to our beautiful city of Sydney.”