After what has been a very challenging year, it’s more important than ever to take the time to relax, recharge and reset. Start the new year with a short stay in easy reach of your home – a staycation if you will. Here are some Queensland staycation ideas to get the revitalisation flowing:
Queensland’s capital of cool has plenty of city temptations – including a day-trip getaway to the Great Barrier Reef, packages to enhance your skills and the freedom to escape with the whole family, no matter how furry.
W Hotel – ‘All Reefed Up’
Treat yourself and your loved one to the ULTIMATE staycation and combine city luxury with an island paradise. The All Reefed Up package has seen the W Hotel in Brisbane city and Lady Elliot Island team up to offer a two night stay at the funky W Hotel in Brisbane packaged with a day trip via a scenic flight to stunning Lady Elliot Island (offer valid until April 2021).
Ovolo the Valley – refine your skills with a wine blending workshop
Wine and dine in style when you stay at Ovolo the Valley and walk away with a new skill to share with your next dinner guests. The hotel has packaged up a Wine Blending Workshop at The City Winery as part of their staycation offer which also includes an in-room massage, picnic hamper, dinner for two and cocktail masterclass at ZA ZA TA.
The Emporium Hotel South Bank – penthouse luxury for the ultimate riverside escape
The Emporium Hotel South Bank is the pinnacle of staycation aspiration in Brisbane. Whether you choose the romance package, a girl’s shopping weekend or the ultraluxe helicopter experience, the special offers and packages have your staycation covered. For the ultimate luxe retreat, however, check into the new Parklands Suite, offering 786 square metres of pure indulgence, sweeping views of Brisbane city, and private balcony complete with a 15 metre infinity pool.
Spicers Balfour – Pooch-perfect Package
Dog lover’s rejoice! Spicers Balfour in bustling New Farm (plus other select Spicers properties), have ‘gone to the dogs’, literally, with a special Pooch Package that welcomes the Furkids into the Spicers’ lap of luxury. Every stay comes with a beautiful night sleep and a daily a la Carte breakfast for the two-legged guests and a plush dog bed and bowl for more furry guests.
The Calile – enjoy the finer things in life
A Brisbane favourite since it’s opening in 2018, the The Calile Hotel in the Valley have some ritzy packages for those seeking rock-star style getaways. Enhance your city break with champagne on arrival, a shopping voucher, and valet parking, or opt for a late check out and savour your staycation a little longer.
Soak up a slice of paradise with easygoing short breaks for two or classic beachside Gold Coast getaways for the whole family.
JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa – revamped Gold Coast oasis
This Gold Coast favourite reopened its doors on 20 December to reveal a complete top-to-toe transformation that reflects the relaxed vibe of Australia’s favourite playground. Aside from the grown-up amenities, including the soul soothing Ruby Spa, the JW Marriot Gold Coast Resort & Spa has families sorted, thanks to the Family by JW Program, that puts kids in the hotel kitchen with sushi and smoothie making classes and yoga sessions by the pool.
Paradise Resort Gold Coast – a staycation for the whole family
Looking for a few days’ getaway with the ankle biters? Paradise Resort on the Gold Coast has parents and kids covered following the completion of stage one of a multi-faceted upgrade to its public areas, restaurants and recreation facilities. Currently on offer is a two night package which includes one complimentary Kids Club session per child each day and unlimited use of the Zone 4 Kids Waterpark, lagoon pool, spa and daily activities that will keep the kids occupied for hours.
Relax to the max and slow the pace of life with a Sunshine Coast staycation that takes in lavish beach side holiday homes and Europeans style retreats.
Spicers Clovelly Estate – Queensland’s very own French countryside escape
If rolling green hinterland hills and blossoming jacaranda trees sound like the perfect setting for a short trip, then an indulgent stay at Spicers Clovelly Estate is what you need. Nestle amongst the lush greenery of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the French-luxury inspired Spicers Clovelly Estate encompasses 16 suites and a three bedroom
French Cottage, alongside an award-winning onsite restaurant, swimming pool and library for the ultimate country hideaway with all of the deluxe comforts you will ever need. Most recently, Spicers Retreats have revealed the elegant new Montville House – a six-suite secluded cottage on the gorgeously manicured the grounds of the estate.
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort – splash-tastic family fun
Parents can sit back and relax at the family-friendly Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort thanks to a new 500 square metre onsite waterpark that comes with water fountains, three waterslides and a splashdown zone for the kids to conquer. Back on dry land, the Caloundra-based resort also has a putt-putt golf course, sandpit, climbing frame and a giant Kangaroo Jumper, while mum and dad take some time for themselves beside the resort pool.
Domic – bursting with beachside luxury
Live like a Tsar without leaving your own backyard. The Sunshine Coast’s newest and most opulent beachfront accommodation Domic (meaning Dome in Russian) is a staycation treat for the extended family and friends. It features six ensuite bedroom retreats with private balconies and ocean and Noosa National Park views, 10 bathrooms and an entertaining level complete with cocktail bar, day spa, BBQ facilities and a 25 metre swimming pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Loea Boutique Hotel – a fresh twist on a classic
A traditional motel on the Sunshine Coast has been given a new lease on life thanks to a vintage-chic transformation that starts with an onsite food truck-come-reception and includes vintage cruiser bikes for river exploration, coastal cool rooms with accents of rattan furniture and an relaxed alfresco lounging pool. The Loea Boutique Hotel is just a short stroll from the Maroochy River and oozes the laid-back vibe of the Sunshine Coast region.
Cairns & Great Barrier Reefdrop
With a series of live music gigs fronted by some of Australia’s biggest acts just announced, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is literally humming as this summer’s liveliest staycation. Stop at one of these new hotel beauties and stage a getaway around a gig at Summer Sounds with the likes of John Butler, Bernard Fanning and Amy Shark.
Crystalbrook Collection – a tropical triple treat
Bask in five-star luxury at the Crystalbrook Collection suite of hotels in the heart of Cairns. Choose between the arty Bailey, the ‘live in the moment’ Riley or newest addition to the family, the newly opened Flynn. Described as the wild child on a mission to entertain, the Flynn has a ‘Laze and Graze‘ package to help you relax and recharge.
Oaks Cairns Hotel – a summer haven in a city heart
Officially opening its doors in September this year, the five-story Oaks Cairns Hotel boasts 76 contemporary style rooms to relax and unwind. Pull up a pew at the rooftop bar and restaurant to get a bird’s eye view of Cairns Esplanade Lagoon and the Coral Sea as you sip on the tastes of summer all year round.
So there you have it, it’s time to treat yourself after a year like no other and kick start 2021 refreshed and revitalized with a Queensland staycation.