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