Be our guest – the best Christmas staycation spots in Brisbane
Hey, you – you look like you could use a holiday! With Christmas just around the corner and what was a very challenging year mostly behind us, there’s never been a better time to splash out on a staycay in Brisbane. A few nights in some fancy digs and a delicious dining experience is the perfect cure for the wanderlust we’re all experiencing at the moment – plus, Christmas in Brisbane is a really magical time to get reacquainted with our city. We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up our favourite staycay spots in Brisbane and pairing them with a perfect venue to treat your tastebuds – so holiday vibes are back on the menu!
Adina x Donna Chang
For history and heritage lovers, this Brisbane staycation combination is a hard one to top. Adina Apartments stand grand and proud on George Street, melding together Art Deco charm with artfully restored interiors to offer world-class comfort. The historic vibes continue all the way down to the ground floor where you will find Donna Chang, the hotel’s on-site modern-Chinese marvel. This beautifully appointed restaurant brings together hospitality heavy-hitters from around Australia to deliver mouth-watering Cantonese cuisine and top-tier cocktails – perfect for a festive feast.
The Hilton x Vintaged
How about a steak-ation? Horrible puns aside, fans of fine cuts and opulent digs will be treated to the perfect match at The Hilton. While the name itself needs no introduction, it bears repeating that a stay in this swanky spot will have you feeling like a real celebrity. As a bonus, you don’t even need to leave the hotel to find one of the most spectacular dining experiences in The City – Vintaged Bar + Grill will cater to your every desire with its mouth-watering menu of steaks and award-winning dishes.
Stamford Plaza x Madame Wu
Riverside luxury is the name of the game at Stamford Plaza, the city’s go-to staycay spot for lovers. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay with your numero uno, Stamford offers special romance and seduction packages to really kick things up a notch (trust us – we’re talking everything from rose petals and champagne to uh, erotic dice). All that action is bound to work up an appetite, so it’s a good thing Madame Wu is nearby – this chic Eagle Street Asian eatery will continue the sexy vibes with its spicy offering.
Novotel x Phat Boy
If it’s luxe accomodation and a phenomenal Thai feast that you’re craving, this is your winning combination. Novotel has the best of both worlds – it’s conveniently located in the CBD and it’s got all of the amenities you need to guarantee you leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed (hello, afternoon pool dips!). This decadent vibe will pair perfectly with a bona-fide banquet experience at Phat Boy, where authentic Thai flavours and generous servings will have your tastebuds singing.
Capri by Fraser x Rico Bar and Dining
The lush life is the one to embrace at Capri by Fraser, an inner-city oasis that prides itself on bringing a touch of the rainforest to the hustle and bustle of the CBD. The stylish and vibrant digs are complemented by pops of greenery and beautiful design, ensuring that your worries will melt away the second you walk through the doors (a sorely needed 2020 mood). When the time comes for a bite to eat, Rico Bar and Dining is the place to go – the fresh fare and culture-blending menu are only further enhanced by the tranquil riverside views. Time to unwind!
Treasury Hotel x Mei Wei Dumplings
Want to be in the centre of the action? Treasury Hotel has everything you need for a fun-filled and fancy Brisbane staycation. The hotel itself is dripping in old-world splendour and finery, so if royal vibes are your thing it’s a sure bet. As for the food, the offering is anything but ordinary. A visit to the venue’s on-site underground Asian eatery Mei Wei Dumplings is a must – you can feast on potstickers and sip on sake while soaking up the bustling izakaya vibes.
Sofitel Brisbane Central x Naga Thai
While we may not be able to hop on a plane to Europe any time soon, a staycay at The Sofitel will give you a taste of French sophistication (sans the need for a passport). The outdoor pool and spa at this five-star beauty will make you feel like you’re sunning yourself by the banks of the French Riviera, not to mention the heady doses of Euro-centric design dotted thoughtfully around the whole hotel. When you’re ready to dine, venture to Naga Thai for another taste of international excellence – this riverside party palace boasts some of the craziest, most colourful and flavoursome Thai fare in The City.
W Brisbane x Three Blue Ducks
For lovers of out-of-the-box luxury and eye-popping visuals, W Brisbane is a must-visit. The entire five-star hotel is basically living art, with colourful nods to our city weaved into every thoughtful detail. If you can tear yourself away from the comfort of your room, the WETdeck pool bar is well worth a trip to the fourth floor for the cocktails and views. As for the food, Three Blue Ducks really speaks for itself. The Sydney-born operation is the hotel’s in-house restaurant and will fill your belly with the most amazing modern Australian eats you’ll ever experience.
NEXT Hotel x Kabuki Teppanyaki
If you judge a hotel by its pool, NEXT will absolutely top your list. It’s not just the premium poolside amenities that make this Queen Street gem a total oasis – the luxury features and show-stopping location are bound to tick more things off your staycay wishlist. As for dining, you can continue the adventure and fast pace at Kabuki Teppanyaki – experience the sizzling drama of food prepared (theatrically) before your eyes, or go a la carte with Japanese delights to snack and sample.
Pullman King George Square x Goldfinch/Sixteen Antlers
When everything you need for an unbeatable Brisbane staycation is all in the one venue, you know you’re onto a winner. If convenience is your priority, the Pullman Hotel should be your pick. This sophisticated CBD hotel is located right in the thick of it, so if you do want to wander there are boundless options at your doorstep. There really is no need to stray, however – Mediterranean-inspired eatery Goldfinch and poppin’ rooftop bar Sixteen Antlers call the Pullman home, so you can drink and dine in style (and in-house).
Emporium Hotel South Bank x Signature
With views that look over the city, the South Bank Parklands and the river, it’s safe to say a staycation spent at Emporium Hotel will elevate your senses. Lavish suites will impress those who want to relax in style whilst lovers of great grub will also be satisfied with the hotel’s culinary offering – eager diners can indulge in a wine-fuelled meal at innovative in-house restaurant Signature, which dishes up some pretty spectacular seasonal dishes.
Rydges South Bank x Bacchus
Nestled in the heart of Brisbane’s arts and entertainment precinct, Rydges South Bank is a prime locale to kick off the silly season with a champagne in hand. Luxe rooms with state-of-the-art amenities and fabulous views will transport you straight into holiday mode – and boy, do we need a vacay. You won’t have to go far for some delicious fare, as Rydges is home to Bacchus, a restaurant and bar that serves up delectable modern Australian fare.
This article was written with our good pals at Brisbane Economic Development Agency.