Take Me Away: A Valentine’s Day Package Fit For a Queen

If you’re looking for an excuse for a Queensland getaway, Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 14, is a damn fine time to pamper yourself (and your loved one). And this year, the romantic day for all lovers magically falls on a weekend. Mark it in your diary now, ladies.

Call me high maintenance, but I’m a huge fan of Valentine’s Day blowouts. Love should be celebrated!

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And if my husband is reading this, take notes! Being a Queenslander, this is my top pick of local escapes: Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel has announced two romantic getaways for Valentine’s Day 2015 – The Exquisite Valentine and The Enchanted Valentine, as well as an optional add-on, the custom-created Cinderella Experience.

Located at 1000 Ann Street, in the heart of Brisbane’s stylish Emporium precinct at Fortitude Valley, the multi-award winning Emporium Hotel was recently awarded Australia and Queensland’s Best Luxury Accommodation.

Valentine's Day, romantic date ideas, romantic getaways

The Exquisite Valentine package, from $499, includes overnight accommodation in a luxurious King Suite, valet parking, in-suite breakfast for two, Molton Brown toiletries, and a demi-bottle of Mumm Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Alternatively, the Enchanted Valentine package, from $549, includes an overnight stay in a King Suite, a romantic turndown with candles and rose petals, in-suite breakfast for two, a bottle of Mumm Champagne, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Packages are subject to availability, conditions apply.

Valentine's Day, romantic date ideas, romantic getaways

But wait – there’s more – together with leading shoe designer, Nat-Sui Shoes, Emporium Hotel is launching The Cinderella Experience this Valentine’s Day: a personal shoe styling and shopping session with one of Australia’s leading designers, Natalie Mainwaring herself (pictured), owner and designer at Nat Sui Shoes. Nat-Sui Shoes has adorned the feet of Oprah, Gayle King, Tara Moss, Deborah Hutton and many more women of style. The Cinderella Experience is included as a VIP benefit for all Valentine’s Day guests and requires booking through Emporium’s concierge. Swoon!

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January 21, 2015

Melbourne – Style Capital of Australia

Familiar with the names Bettina Liano, Saba, Scanlon & Theodore and Alannah Hill? They all began in Melbourne and are now Melbourne’s Big Four, with large stylish stores in the heart of the city, frequented by international rock stars, and stocking labels that are now sold around the world.

The city is bursting with shopping precincts each with their own flair – from the elegant fashion stores of riverside Southgate to the world-class designer boutiques of South Yarra, Melbourne is a celebration of style and sophistication.

Not all of Melbourne’s fashion hotspots are easy to find. Today you have to be

Saba’s luscious signature knitwear.

in the know to find many of the enclaves of boutiques, fashion houses and outlets tucked away in laneways and arcades. Flinders Lane, the heart of the Flinders Quarter is reminiscent of New York’s SoHo district, once home to Melbourne’s rag trade Flinders Lane now houses cutting edge fashion and glam get-up of international repute.

For a more bohemian shopping experience jump on a tram to Brunswick Street, Fitzroy where you can easily while away the day rummaging through funky streetwear shops, stunning beauty products, music, books, designer homewares and original art pieces. You may even see a celebrity or

Luxury shopping at its best.

two sipping a coffee in one of the many eateries that line the strip.Step out in style in Collins Street the home of international haute couture. Collins Street is class with its beautiful avenue of trees, grand hotels, steeples and serious retail. At the ‘Paris’ end of Collins Street it’s exclusive with gorgeous shops with gleaming facades and labels including Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Polo Ralph Lauren and the recently launched Chanel. In Collins Street you can buy everything from a tiara to a ticket on the QE2!

Southbank is Melbourne’s vibrant, cultural heart that sits on the south side

The Secret Life of you and me…

the Yarra River. It’s home to the very best of Australia’s cultural expression: the Victorian Arts Centre, the soon to be re-opened National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Ballet, the Melbourne Symphony orchestra, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Play Box Theatre. Also in this precinct is Southgate which boasts breathtaking views of the city from 20 restaurants, 39 stores as well as five star accommodation including the ultimately elegant Sheraton Towers Southgate.If you’re in need of a fast fashion fix, why not grab your best girly friend and get down to Melbournewith a

four day three night package deal from UTAG Travel.Of course a woman cannot live on shopping alone, (although there’s no harm in trying) there has to be time to enjoy some fabulous food and drink too. Like Melbourne’s shopping reputation it is also a city that takes its cuisine very seriously. That means good quality produce and presentation, atmosphere, excellent value, diversity of cuisine styles and friendly service.

Head to famous seaside St Kilda, home to the likes of Alex and Evan from the Secret Life of Us. Apart from the fact that you just may spot the odd cast

Acland Street restaurants buzzing with activity.

lurking around, there is a treasure trove of cafes, patisseries, noodle houses, funky bars and seaside vistas to enjoy. On Sundays you can wander the length of the Esplanade and pick-up a memento of your Melbourne visit.Right next to the city is the famous strip of Lygon Street, this is Little Italy literally overflowing with restaurants, bakeries, bistros, bars and cafes serving delicious coffee, the finest Italian ice-cream, pasta, pizza and much more. Lygon Street hums along 24 hours a day, so no matter what time of day or night you will always find something open.

Or there’s the Greek restaurants of Swan Street, the Vietnamese eateries of Victoria Street, the Asian specialists in Chinatown and of course the famous Queen Victoria Markets the source of many Melbourne chefs fresh produce here you can shop until you drop at one of the world’s best bazaars.

June 16, 2002

Valentines Day Getaway Special

This Valentine’s Day treat your special someone to romance, relaxation and rejuvenation at The Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury.

Romantically located in the historic town of Windsor, at the gateway to the stunning Blue Mountains and nestled in picturesque surroundings, The Sebel is the ultimate retreat for a couple seeking a complete getaway.

And for this special occasion, The Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury is offering the ultimate package for you to spoil your Valentine for as long as you like! From Monday 11th to Sunday 24th February stay at the resort for as little as $190 per room per night and enjoy some extra treats, for you’ll also receive a bottle of Australian sparkling wine, chocolates and a single red rose in your room on arrival.

The facilities at The Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury are impressive with 104 guestrooms and suites,

many featuring their own personal spa and some with an open fireplace. Tastefully decorated, the rooms are large and comfortable and feature king-sized beds and stylish furnishings. Many rooms offer spectacular views over the golf course and surrounding countryside.The resort’s expansive grounds include two all weather tennis courts, an indoor heated pool, sauna, spa and fully equipped gymnasium. Adjacent to the hotel you’ll find a choice of two golf courses and a driving range.For those seeking some serious pampering, the world-class Villa Thalgo Hydrotherapy Spa is an oasis of luxurious health and beauty treatments for both men and women. Enjoy the complete European spa experience with soothing massages, invigorating wraps and skin treatments using the latest technology developed in France by prestigious Thalgo cosmetics. There is an array of individual treatments as well as indulgent packages for couples.

February 20, 2002

Valentines Day Getaway Special (Cont’d)

With two restaurants on site, The Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury has a reputation for superb cuisine. The Harvest restaurant serves the best in contemporary Australian food, while the Courtyard Gazebo, surrounded by leafy gardens, is ideal for an ‘alfresco’ buffet breakfast. Then when it’s time to kick-back and relax after a full day, unwind before dinner with a long cool drink or delicious cocktail in the warm and welcoming ambience of Barrack’s Bar. Perhaps you might even like to try one of the two private dining rooms, which can be personally arranged for intimate dinners.

Special St Valentine’s Package
$190 (courtyard room), $210 (standard spa room), or $230 (deluxe spa room), per night. Includes, GST, buffet breakfast for two, bottle of Australian sparkling wine, chocolates and a red rose. Offer is available from the 11th to the 24th February 2002.

For more information about The Sebel Resort and Spa, Hawkesbury and Harvest Restaurant phone the hotel direct on (02) 4577 4222, or visit our website at The Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury, 61 Richmond Rd, Windsor.

February 20, 2002