Contrary to what the movies tell you, you don’t need to head to a far-flung overseas destination to have a romantic getaway with your love. If you’re around Brisbane, there are plenty of love nests for couples looking to escape the daily grind. Here are our top five passion picks.
The Gold Coast might be renowned for its party atmosphere, but that doesn’t mean it’s not also perfect for loved-up couples – especially if you’re staying at the Sofitel. With its glamorous French influences and Art de Vivre stylings, a trip to this luxe hotel can make you feel like you’re experiencing all the romantic charm of Paris itself.
Why we love it: The chance to enjoy a glass of bubbly on a private balcony overlooking the ocean.STAY AT SOFITEL ON THE GOLD COAST
Technically Peppers Salt Resort and Spa is in Northern NSW, but it’s just a 90-minute drive from Brisbane and so unbelievably worth the journey. Peppers boasts a cute seaside-village atmosphere but with all the mod-cons, including a fine-dining restaurant, tennis courts, a spa and a lagoon-style swimming pool.
Why we love it: The decadent buffet breakfast will keep you full well past lunchtime, and with so many amenities on site, you’ll barely need to leave the hotel!STAY AT PEPPERS SALT RESORT
Kings Beach, QLD
There’s nothing sexier than a secret beach-side escape, and that’s exactly what you get when you check into ULTIQA Shearwater Resort. The beach is just a short distance away, making it absolutely perfect for a relaxing post-dinner stroll.
Why we love it: The full-sized apartments offer everything you need for a comfortable stay and the beach-side rooms offer sensational views – perfect for pre-dinner drinks.STAY AT ULTIQA Shearwater Resort
The Gold Coast hinterland is a picturesque rainforest region just one hour’s drive from Brisbane and it is quite possibly the best place to reconnect with your lover. Stay at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, where the surrounding mountains and lush scenery will wash away all the stresses of your daily life, leaving you with just each other and the sounds of nature.
Why we love it: From wine-tasting and antiquing to bushwalking and exploring art galleries, there’s just so much to do.STAY AT O’Reilly’s Retreat
For those who love to be pampered, one of Australia’s best day spa experiences can be found right in the heart of Brisbane, at the Marriott Hotel. Book a night or two here and indulge at the Dome Spa Retreat with your partner-in-crime before soaking in the sights of the city.
Why we love it: The Dome’s indulgent spa packages will help you both loosen up before hitting the town and enjoying each other’s company at one of Brissie’s amazing restaurants or bars.STAY AT BRISBANE MARRIOTT