Es­cape to the city and un­wind with a re­lax­ing ur­ban re­treat.

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Con­ven­tion dic­tates that fraz­zled ur­ban­ites in need of a recharge should flee the bright lights of the city to un­wind. But you don’t al­ways need to head to the coun­try­side to find tran­quil­lity, with quiet cor­ners in the heart of Aus­tralia’s most bustling cities pro­vid­ing lav­ish suites in which to es­cape; sooth­ing day spas in which to be pam­pered; and ho­tel restau­rants in which to re­treat. Who needs a ru­ral get­away when you can en­joy a tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea at The Lang­ham’s Palm Court? It’s es­capism from the CBD – only mi­nus the out-of-town com­mute.

THE OLD CLARE HO­TEL is an oa­sis amid the bus­tle of cen­tral Sydney’s Broad­way. An old pub that’s been skil­fully ren­o­vated, its rooftop pool is a bliss­ful mid-city hide­away; the­old­clare­ho­tel.com.au. Let stress melt away at ONE WYBELENNA, a holis­tic day spa where blue­stone ar­chi­tec­ture meets bush­land tran­quil­lity just out­side Bris­bane’s CBD; onewybe­lenna.com.

Melbourne’s CROWN TOW­ERS is one of only from Forbes Travel Guide – and its spa is heaven for a quick pre-event blow-dry or a lux­u­ri­ous La Prairie fa­cial; crown­mel­bourne.com.au.

Treat your­self at the lux­u­ri­ous Day Spa By Chuan at THE LANG­HAM, Sydney,

Housed in a stately 19th-cen­tury Perth land­mark, COMO THE TREA­SURY’S calm, mod­ern in­te­ri­ors are al­most as rest­ful as its spa treat­ments; co­mo­ho­tels.com/ thetrea­sury.

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