Far from the crowds, yet only a short walk from Sydney's iconic Opera House, the Observatory Hotel offers the sort of timeless elegance rarely found in a busy city.

Step back in time as you take afternoon tea in the drawing room or a dip in the pool with its vaulted ceiling lit by fibre-optic lights.

The decor is all marble floors, plaster columns, heavy fabrics and velvet upholstery. Cosy but sophisticated rooms come with all the luxury touches.

Treat yourself to a caviar facial before settling down for dinner at the award-winning restaurant Galileo. As night draws in, retire to the bar for cigars and late-night cocktails to the croons of a jazz band.

Wow factor: Combine a decadent tea with a 20-minute tea-leaf reading with the hotel's Mystic Afternoon Tea.

Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678400 or visit www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk for more details or email bridesenquiries@turquoiseholidays.co.uk