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Sofitel Sydney Wentworth celebrates a decade with French extravaganza

The iconic Sofitel Sydney Wentworth hotel is celebrating its milestone 10th anniversary this September as Australia’s first and Sydney’s flagship hotel for luxury French hotel brand, Sofitel.

The iconic Sofitel Sydney Wentworth hotel is celebrating its milestone 10th anniversary this September as Australia’s first and Sydney’s flagship hotel for luxury French hotel brand, Sofitel.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s 10th anniversary coincides with the momentous 50th anniversary of the Sofitel Luxury Hotel brand worldwide in 2014, marking a half-century since it launched its first hotel in Strasbourg to now offer more than 120 luxury addresses in 40 different countries worldwide.

To celebrate both occasions, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is offering an array of experiences highlighting Sofitel’s fine French pedigree and three brand pillars of: design and innovation, gastronomy and wine, and culture and events.

Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse Photo Exhibition (until 30 September)

This exhibition showcases 25 frames of photos that represent the restaurant life of Le Louis XV by world-renowned Chef Alain Ducasse. The three Michelin star restaurant is famed for its elegant cuisine and unique setting in the Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo.

Alain Ducasse is feted around the world for his superlative cuisine and together with Franck Cerutti, Executive Chef have created a consistent excellence in Le Louis XV.

‘Wine & Only’ Exhibition (until 7 September)

An exceptional collection of 13 vintage bottles direct from the Cave Centrale, famous cellars of Monaco’s Hôtel de Paris will be exhibited. Each bottle has been chosen due to the rarity, age and grape variety representing the different wine regions in France.

The vintages range from 1809 (Fine Champagne Reserve Sazerac de Forge cognac) to 1964 (a magnum of Château Latour – Pauillac Bordeaux. The collection includes bottles from the finest hallmark Bordeaux Châteaux of Margaux (1934), Lafite Rothschild (1937) as well as Burgundy’s legendary La Tache Grand Cru (1942).

A symbol of the rich French tradition of connoisseurship, these bottles have never left the Cave Centrale until this exhibition and will return to Monaco straight after.

Perrier-Jouët Enchanting Tree (until 30 September)

For the first time, the Perrier-Jouët Enchanting Tree crafted from the Atelier des Forges will feature in Australia standing 2.5 metres tall and weighing 300kg. This elegant artpiece which exemplifies the craftsmanship of this iconic Champagne House will be on display at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth in the alcove of Soiree Bar throughout the month of September. The Enchanting Tree was originally launched by Tord Boontje and Perrier-Jouët at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Building on the brand’s Art Nouveau heritage, Dutch designer Boontje designed champagne service inspired by the changing of the seasons and the champagne moment.

To bring the champagne experience to High Tea, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is offering a specially-created Perrier-Jouët themed high tea in Soiree Bar. After enjoying the exhibitions, get lost in old world France with a Wentworth High Tea served with Perrier-Jouët champagne  presented on a delicate table-sized Enchanting Tree. These miniature trees are designed to create a unique champagne experience with suspended golden branches that can be used to hang six Perrier-Jouët flutes.

The high tea is at $59 per person with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne, and $160 for a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne with complimentary high tea for two people valued at $98.

Perrier-Jouët Tea Offer: To book the High Tea in Soiree Bar, call 02 9228 9188

Iconic Paris, Photographs by Jon Rendell (until 1 October)

To celebrate 50 years of the Sofitel brand worldwide, Sofitel Australia has commissioned Donald Williams of Global Arts Projects to curate an exhibition of compelling and evocative images of Paris (in homage to the brand’s elegant French origins and art-de-vivre) by San Francisco based, Melbourne born photographer, Jon Rendell.

The free public exhibition is on a national tour and will be displayed at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth from September.

Most of the Paris photographs in this exhibition were taken by Rendell in January 1978 and ten years later in January, 1987 just after the opening of the Musée d’Orsay. The exhibition features beautiful black and white photography which as the artist explains; “I began with black and white and limited finances meant that a jump to colour was unattainable in the 70s and 80s, but nowadays with colour everywhere, all the time, I believe that black and white photography, more than ever, has something new for us to observe”.

While not clichéd, Rendell’s subjects are the familiar iconic images of Paris that we have all grown to admire. They follow in the tradition of other photographers of that city including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Brassaï, and Eugène Atget.

What are your fondest memories at the Sofitel Sydney over the past decade?