A staycation is the ultimate way to give yourself some R&R or add some lush to your life without dipping into your annual leave or if your bank balance doesn’t stretch far enough for you to jet off to the Greek Islands.
A spontaneous stay in a luxe five-star hotel in your own city is a perfect way to play tourist and discover the cool things to do in your own backyard. Louise Ryan from leading travel and lifestyle site, lastminute.com.au gives her top picks for city based staycations.
The QT Sydney boutique hotel oozes inner city escapism. Set in the heart of the city’s shopping hub, the QT is quirky, contemporary and totally over the top fun. Built for weekend escapes, guestrooms feature creature comforts such as luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, walk-in showers and most guest suites also offer an indulgent oversized soaking tub.
Plus if you don’t want to stray too far from your room, the hotel’s Gowings Bar & Grill or Gilt Lounge are the perfect places for a cheeky cocktail or two.
Retreat to Crown Metropol Perth and enjoy a weekend living the life of the rich and the famous. Spend your days lounging in your own personal pool cabana, celeb spotting and sipping cocktails, and your evenings getting glammed up and dining at world class restaurants like Rockpool or Nobu, followed by dancing up a storm or trying your luck in the casino.
Enjoy a last minute stay at one of Brisbane’s hippest hotels, the Emporium Hotel located in the heart of buzzing Fortitude Valley. Contemporary, elegant and stylish, make your stay romantic by opting for the ‘Pure Pamper’ menu which includes in-suite massages, private wine tastings, French Champagne and the delivery of long stemmed red roses.
Or alternatively opt for a girlie weekend away and delve into afternoon high tea in the hotels sophisticated cocktail bar.
You’ll feel like you’ve been magically whisked away to Bali by spending a weekend at Adelaide’s ultra luxurious Asia themed Sticky Rice Villas, located in the Adelaide Hills.
Each of the villas have been designed with the luxury of under floor heating and stunning fully equipped Jag kitchens and are finished with inspiring designer furnishing. Plus, you can test your culinary skills at the on-site Sticky Rice cooking school which specialises in teaching participants the art of cuisines such as Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and Japanese.
For a weekend full of extravagance and indulgence, check out Adelphi Hotel located in Flinders Lane in the heart of Melbourne city. The hotel’s characheristics are tastefully ‘dessert themed’, with unique features such as free popcorn and lollies in each room, swinging couches, colourful scented candles and even your own pillow fragrance menu.
Make sure you relish the opportunity to lie poolside on the hotels very own ultra cool outdoor rooftop pool deck, or take a swim in the glass bottom lap pool, surrounded by Melbourne city buildings. Top off your weekend by treating yourself to the decadent desserts, savory sensations and delicious cocktails at the Om Nom Kitchen & Bar, known for it’s incredible desserts.
Hot tip: If you are feeling a little more adventurous and want to add some mystery to your staycation, check out lastminute.com.au range of Secret Hotel options available throughout Australia. Lastminute.com.au’s Secret Hotels offer 5-star stays at 3-star prices. Prior to booking you’ll receive a few clues such as general location, star rating and hotel facilities – and once your booking is processed, you receive an email confirmation with the hotel name.
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