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Ovolo The Valley brings quirk, colour and creature comforts to the party precinct
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Ovolo The Valley brings quirk, colour and creature comforts to the party precinct

When we caught wind that a brand-spankin’-new Ovolo Hotels project was popping up in Fortitude Valley, we could scarcely contain our excitement. The award-winning boutique designer hotel company has finally unveiled its latest project, and you’d best believe it lives up to the hype. Ovolo The Valley has opened its doors as of Wednesday November 28, bringing a slice of quirk, colour and unparalleled comfort to the bustling cultural precinct. more

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More than a rebrand – Palace James St brings some serious luxe to the cinema experience
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More than a rebrand – Palace James St brings some serious luxe to the cinema experience

Hailed as one of Brisbane’s premier movie meccas, Palace Centro always had a reputation for being a little bit fancy. Well folks, we’ve got news for you – the heralded cinema complex has undergone a name change and copped a very impressive facelift to match. That’s not all – the newly minted Palace James Street is set to take your cinema experience to a whole new level with its opulent in-house premium service. more

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West Village’s stunning Bromley Room is reborn in a permanent location
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West Village’s stunning Bromley Room is reborn in a permanent location

When West Village announced the closure of its ephemeral arts and functions space The Bromley Room earlier this year, we couldn’t be too sad. First of all, we were warned that this first incarnation of celebrated artist David Bromley’s resident studio space was never meant to be permanent. Secondly, we were promised that David’s work would be scoring its own forever home within the walls of West Village at a later date – and that time has finally come. Allow us to introduce to you Bromley Room #2, West End’s brand-new home of all things arty. more

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Five-star urban retreat The Westin opens its doors in Brisbane City
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Five-star urban retreat The Westin opens its doors in Brisbane City

The Brisbane City hotel and hospitality landscape is about to get itself a brand-new player in the form of The Westin, a luxe new fixture from the world-renowned team at Marriott International. The hotel marks The Westin brand’s debut in Queensland, and you’d better believe it’s pulling out all the stops to impress. If the likes of next-level dining, a focus on wellness and pure resort-luxe vibes are up your alley, you might want to start planning your next staycation … more

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Anticipated luxury hotel The Calile opens on James Street
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Anticipated luxury hotel The Calile opens on James Street

Ever since the first details of The Calile emerged, we’ve been daydreaming of enjoying its Hollywood-style extravagances – afternoons lounging by the pool, exquisite food and unbeatable comfort. As of today, Thursday September 27, The Calile is officially open for business. This new James Street icon is reportedly set to redefine lavishness, with a design aesthetic that positions The Calile as a veritable oasis in the heart of Brisbane’s bustling inner suburbs. more

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The Calile unveils its luxurious spa and gym offering
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The Calile unveils its luxurious spa and gym offering

When it comes to James Street’s luxury hotel The Calile, we have been tempted and teased with some amazing hints as to what is in store for the space. Following announcements of Queensland-first retailers and dreamy dining precincts, it seems like the good news is set to keep on coming ahead of the hotel’s opening date. The Calile’s luxurious spa and gym offering has just been revealed, and you’d better believe that it’s just as impressive as its food and retail siblings. more

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Fun unplugged – go back to basics with Brisbane’s own Crossbones games
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Fun unplugged – go back to basics with Brisbane’s own Crossbones games

As much as we love living in an age of serious technological advancement (and UberEATS), sometimes it’s important to unplug from our many devices and enjoy the world that is happening right around us. Weekends in the park or on the beach have long been a perfect excuse to get the gang together, but we’ve found something that’s bound to take your next group gathering to the next level – some good old-fashioned competition in the form of Crossbones. more


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Films al fresco – Brisbane is on track to get a permanent outdoor cinema
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Films al fresco – Brisbane is on track to get a permanent outdoor cinema

When it comes to pop-up outdoor movie facilities, Brisbane is well versed in the matter. We’ve had wildly popular showings at the Moonlight Cinema, Sunset Cinema and Openair Cinema, proving that the love for watching movies by starlight is very real. After seeing the success that these ephemeral theatres have had in activating our city’s green spaces, Brisbane City Council has put forward a development application that could see a permanent outdoor cinema built in the inner-north. more

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Good nights (and mornings) – fall in love with linen bedding and sleepwear from Deiji Studios
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Good nights (and mornings) – fall in love with linen bedding and sleepwear from Deiji Studios

Real talk – nothing nourishes the soul like a damn good night’s sleep. Heck, we’ll even throw a daytime nap into the ring! The point is, us human beings spend a lot of our time in bed – so it makes sense that we should treat ourselves to the best bedding and sleepwear available. If you appreciate a snooze like no other, Deiji Studios will up your sleep game with its dreamy linen wares. more

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Hello, darling – meet the Gold Coast’s new luxury hotel and rooftop restaurant
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Hello, darling – meet the Gold Coast’s new luxury hotel and rooftop restaurant

Boy, our sunny southern neighbours sure have a lot going on at the moment. In case you’re not following the news on our Gold Coast site (which you can do right here), some seriously large openings have happened in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games. As fans of a cheeky southern sojourn we were particularly excited by the news of The Darling and Nineteen at The Star, a brand-new luxury hotel and its accompanying rooftop venue respectively. The wait is over, the doors are open and we are thrilled to start planning our next holiday to check it all out! more

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Not so common – James Street is getting an exclusive new food and retail precinct
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Not so common – James Street is getting an exclusive new food and retail precinct

Ask anyone in Brisbane for an example of a premium lifestyle precinct and James St will undoubtedly be the first thing to spring to mind. James St is more than just an address – the premium retail and lifestyle destination is a whole brand, darling. Those fond of a wander down the promenade may have recently spotted a sign in the vacant lot at the beginning of the street eluding to something called James St Commons coming soon – we’re here to shed a light on exactly what you can expect from the new space. more

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Feast and frolic under the stars at Peters Rooftop in West Village
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Feast and frolic under the stars at Peters Rooftop in West Village

As we inch ever closer to the completion of West Village, we’re catching glimpses of some of the ingenious ways the old Peters Ice Cream Factory is being given new life. For the latest stage, we’re being given more than just a little peek. The Peters Rooftop is a schmick new event space situated on top of the iconic building, giving patrons a chance to take in stunning views before restorations progress in May. more

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Alcyone Hotel Residences is a shining star in Hamilton's atmosphere
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Alcyone Hotel Residences is a shining star in Hamilton’s atmosphere

When it comes to the hotel life, striking the right balance between freedom to do what you want and the total luxury of being taken care of is pretty tricky. In the words of the girl from the Old El Paso ads, “Why don’t we have both?” Hamilton has been gifted a stunning blend of lifestyle and luxe with a local focus in the form of Alcyone Hotel Residences, a shining addition to the Portside precinct. more

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Collaboration and creation collide for The Cove Workspace’s Curated event series
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Collaboration and creation collide for The Cove Workspace’s Curated event series

When it comes to the design and creative industries, one of the most beneficial things you can do is take the time to learn from your peers. It’s a bloody tough slog out there in the industry, so taking on the wisdom and advice from those who are killing it in their field is pretty much a no-brainer. Rather than go for a dry boardroom-style approach, The Cove Workspace decided to hold a series of events to put the fun back into learning and networking. Running from December 11–22, Curated will bring together some of the brightest minds in the business for your information and pleasure. more

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The Christmas round-up: gifts for design lovers
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The Christmas round-up: gifts for design lovers

Those who appreciate good design can be a frightfully tricky bunch to buy gifts for. You know, they’re the ones with apartments that look like they’re straight out of a lifestyle blog, have the most enviably chic wardrobes, and they certainly don’t mess around with tasteless junk. If there’s a design lover in your life that has got you stumped for gift ideas, never fear – we’ve rounded up some swell options that won’t get relegated to the re-gifting pile (or the bin). more

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Mega entertainment precinct Brisbane Live takes a step closer to becoming a reality
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Mega entertainment precinct Brisbane Live takes a step closer to becoming a reality

The future is bright for Brisbane’s live music and entertainment scene as one of the most ambitious projects ever proposed for the city takes a big step closer to fruition. A report from The Courier-Mail indicates that the Brisbane Live project has received bi-partisan support from both sides of the state government, with the impressive addition set to be delivered by the Cross River Rail Development Authority in partnership with AEG-Ogden. more

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The future is now – Uber Elevate is the high-flying service set to change the way we travel
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The future is now – Uber Elevate is the high-flying service set to change the way we travel

How dope is living in an age of serious technological advancement? The lives that we are living now are filled with stuff that we could have scarcely dreamed about ten years ago. Things are moving so fast that we’re seeing progress above and beyond, and though we may be lagging behind in the human rights department (c’mon, marriage equality!) there are some things happening in the world that are pretty bloody exciting. One such thing is Uber Elevate, the brand-new initiative from the ridesharing giants that plans to take our commute sky-high – literally. more

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W Brisbane unleashes its five-star fantasy on the CBD landscape
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W Brisbane unleashes its five-star fantasy on the CBD landscape

There was a powerful man that once said, “You can have whatever you like” but for most of us this sentiment remains a mere pipedream. We’re all familiar with the fantasy of renting out a ridiculously baller hotel room and just going to town on the facilities in a binge of pure hedonism, but rarely is it possible to find a venue that would actually match up to these sky-high expectations. Well, folks, the game is about to change rather significantly. The Brisbane CBD is set to welcome a very fancy newcomer in early 2018 – W Brisbane is arriving to make your wildest dreams a reality. more