City staycation: for couples
Ditch the phone, dim the lights, pop the cork and take the time to truly reconnect with your partner. Romantic getaways, passionate experiences and intimate restaurants and bars abound in Brisbane City, making it easy to plan romantic weekend escapes and schedule surprise midweek date nights.
Where to stay
Snuggle up with your significant other in luxurious surrounds at Stamford Plaza Brisbane. There’s a reason this five-star hotel has been the venue of choice over many decades for weddings, honeymoons and anniversary celebrations. Stamford Plaza Brisbane’s absolute riverfront location affords picturesque views of the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs while offering loved-up guests a surprisingly tranquil sanctuary in the heart of the buzzing City. Hide away with your partner in meticulously appointed rooms with a timeless and classic design as well as king-sized beds, marble bathrooms and late morning checkouts.
Where to play
You needn’t venture too far from your City love nest to enjoy quality time with your partner. Stamford Plaza Brisbane is home to the City’s best high teas with two offerings to choose from. Enjoy an intimate indulgence with the Lobby High Tea: a three-tiered stand laden with finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes, served in the hotel’s elegant lobby with a glass of bubbles. Or feast on the food of love with the weekend-only Chocolate High Tea Buffet. Take a seat overlooking the river and be tempted by an extravagant array of cocoa delights, complemented by an equally extensive savoury selection.
Where to eat
Twilight strolls along the Brisbane River are lovely and romantic but become a real occasion when a special dinner is planned at the end. Meander to OTTO Brisbane at 480 Queen Street, overlooking the twinkling lights of the Story Bridge. Start your evening with an aperitivo at the alfresco Bar OTTO before heading into the restaurant for a truly memorable meal. The multi-award-winning restaurant has picked up accolades for its food, wine and service and it’s easy to see why. The food at OTTO is delicious, simple and celebrates regional produce with a modern twist on Italian tastes. Select from the tempting menu or hand responsibility for choosing dinner to the experts and sample the chef’s tasting menus, completed with perfectly paired wines. Buon appetito!
Where to relax
Avoid the bustle of the City and linger longer with your lover by splashing out on a shared spa experience. Marriot Brisbane is home to Dome Spa Retreat, the City’s go-to destination for opulent couple’s treatments. Spoil your partner – and yourself – with a Couple’s Intimate Escape including hour-long massages in a romantic duo room while a sensual candle burns. Delay your re-entry into the real world as you relax by Marriot Brisbane’s pool, sipping sparkling wine and grazing from a box of New Farm Confectionery goodies.