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Stevie Wonder Rocks the Opening Party of The Star

International A-listers attended the star studded party held at The Darling

Sydney’s new one-of-a-kind entertainment venue, The Star, celebrated its opening in style this evening with Stevie Wonder performing an electrifying set to 800 VIP guests. In a once in a lifetime moment, Stevie was welcomed on stage by A-list actor and long-time fan Leonardo DiCaprio.

Pic : Courtesy The Star

Pic : Courtesy The Star

DiCaprio, who revealed that Stevie Wonder is his favourite performer of all time, introduced the music icon at the party and said how much he has always admired and looked up to him.  Held in the lobby of The Star’s new five-star hotel The Darling, the party was a star studded affair with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Russell Crowe, Entourage actor Adrian Grenier, Elle McPherson, Joel Edgerton and Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher attending.

Pic : Courtesy The Star

This is the first official appearance of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in Sydney, since arriving to film Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby. Other VIP guests who attended the event included Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall, Glenn McGrath and Sarah Leonardi, Erika Heynatz, Sophie Falkiner, Laura Csortan and Chris Joannou, Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch, Megan Gale and Kate Ritchie.

The Darling , Sydney’s new five-star boutique lifestyle hotel and spa at The Star

The Star has revealed the first images of its new five-star boutique lifestyle hotel and spa, The Darling, which will officially open its doors on Friday 28th October, 2011.
The Darling Hotel and Spa, which is the first five-star new build hotel in Sydney since the 2000 Olympic Games, has 171 rooms and suites, a stunning 16 room spa, an infinity pool and is home to an exciting new contemporary Japanese restaurant and bar, Sokyo. The Darling Hotel and Spa is a key feature in the $860 million refurbishment and extension of The Star, transforming it into a one-of-a-kind entertainment destination and a strong addition to Sydney’s overall leisure landscape.

The Darling Hotel and Spa’s General Manager, Drew Schlesinger, was selected to manage the new hotel, based on his experience and success of opening and managing landmark hotels around the globe including The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and the Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles.
The Star also commissioned renowned designers from both overseas and Australia to create the hotel and spa, who created lovingly detailed rooms where every element for the perfect stay was considered, giving an indulgent and relaxing experience for guests. Therefore, The Darling Hotel and Spa is positioned in the premium tier of the market.
From the moment guests enter The Darling Hotel and Spa, they will be met by style and sophistication. With integrated bars, lounge areas and a custom made billiard table, the lobby has been designed as a gathering point for Sydney residents and hotel guests alike, bringing the famous concept of ‘lobby socialising’ to Sydney.
Featuring floor to ceiling glass windows and boasting panoramic views of the city skyline, Harbour Bridge and out to the Blue Mountains, the boutique lifestyle hotel will offer the following rooms and suites:

* Five exclusive PENTHOUSE SUITES

The top floors of The Darling Hotel and Spa are dedicated to the ultimate in luxury, featuring two bedroom penthouse suites. The suites, uniquely designed by renowned LA designer, Lawrence Lee, feature floor-to-ceiling Sydney harbour views, bespoke furniture, fireplaces, media rooms, butler service and a private VIP arrival.

* Nine luxurious STELLAR SUITES

The luxury suites at The Darling Hotel and Spa are a ‘home away from home’ for guests, designed to be comfortable and act like a retreat, revealing a contemporary design to complement the floor to ceiling glass windows and cityscape views.

* Eight stunning ADORED SUITES

If you’re used to a life of luxury, the Adored Suites have a high end residential feel. With a footprint of 115m2, entry is via a private foyer which opens onto a spacious living room with stunning views and flows through to an intimate dining area. Doors lead to a king-size bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, a fully appointed marble bathroom and a separate powder room for guests.

* 35 spacious JEWEL SUITES

The spacious Jewel Suites have a footprint of 70m2 and offer a king-size bedroom and separate living area, complete with wet bar, which makes them perfect for entertaining.


The Darling Rooms have a footprint of 35m2 and include all the distinctive features of The Darling Hotel and Spa, including a custom Darling bed, rain showerhead, double sink, separate WC and Molten Brown amenities.

The Darling Hotel and Spa will be home to a luxurious day spa, set to deliver pampering to the highest levels. With 16 private rooms including a beautiful and intimate couple’s treatment room and an indulgent hamam, The Spa will be devoted to making you look incredible and feel even better.
The Spa will feature an extensive array of Asian and European inspired treatments, combining Eastern and Western techniques to not only relax but to restore physical and mental wellbeing. The spa will include a unique range of Australian made and all natural products and will be the first spa in Sydney to offer LI’TYA, a natural skin care and spa treatment range grounded in Indigenous Australian dreamtime culture that proudly radiates the Australian spirit.
Guests can also indulge their passion for food at the new Japanese restaurant Sokyo. The restaurant and bar will reside in the lobby, and brings together the tradition and energy of modern Tokyo, in both the menu and the interiors. With Nobu experience internationally, head chef Chase Kojima will showcase his unique brand of contemporary Japanese cuisine.


Sydney’s new one of a kind leisure and entertainment venue, The Star, premiered last night , with the first of a series of launch events.
The $870 million transformation of Star City includes the re-orientation of the building to embrace Sydney Harbour and the city skyline. Once complete, The Star will boast more than 20 restaurants, bars and cafes, a new luxury boutique hotel and 16 room spa, upscale retail collection, a 4000 capacity entertainment centre and world class gaming areas.
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Larry Mullin, CEO of Echo Entertainment Group, which owns and operates The Star, says the redevelopment represents one of the biggest tourism and entertainment investments in Australia today.
“By forging partnerships with leading chefs, retailers, designers and entertainers, in The Star we’re creating the sort of integrated entertainment destination that will drive both domestic and international tourism.”
“This $870 million investment will position us as a powerful force in entertainment and gaming. We’re also proud that we have been able to create 1500 construction jobs and nearly 1000 ongoing positions in one of the biggest hospitality recruitment drives this city has seen in many years,” Mr Mullin said.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, said the investment in The Star is a vote of confidence in the Harbour City, its status as Australia’s global city and its attraction to interstate and international visitors.
“I congratulate the operators of The Star, a total entertainment complex which will help propel Sydney as the premiere tourist destination not just in Australia, but in the entire Asia/Pacific area.”
“The redevelopment is truly magnificent and it has transformed the venue into something of which NSW can truly be proud,” Mr Souris said.
Created by internationally acclaimed events producer David Grant, the ceremonial opening will feature a dazzling light and visual arts display, centered on The Star’s new glass facade harbourside entrance.

Around 250 guests were picked up by motor yachts from The Rocks and brought to Pyrmont Bay where they walked the red carpet to a viewing platform. The new harbourside frontage is made up of 147 flags of clear glass which form a giant screen on which a spectacular visual display unfolded.

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