The Ultimate Guide To Spending 48 Hours Away, With The Girls

The Ultimate Guide To Spending 48 Hours Away, With The Girls

Yes way to a getaway!

By Fiona Williams | 3rd September 2019

Three Stylers were invited to experience a perfectly packed weekend of sunshine, spa treatments, spritzers and shopping at Sanctuary Cove for the ultimate girl’s weekend away.

The escape began as soon as we arrived at the grand entrance of the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, what a way to be welcomed to a sanctuary only an hour’s drive from Brisbane City with water features, lavish pools and a stunning location to boot. With a throw of the hotel key on the deluxe double bed, there was no time to waste before stepping out to hit the streets of The Marine Village. With a quick coffee at Pier B Espresso by the marina, we had set the tone for what was to unfold.


Naturally, a girls’ weekend isn’t complete without a spot of shopping and we were delighted at the experience of Soho Girl and Harry’s Jeans, two boutiques offering something for every taste. Squeezing in a personal group styling session with Tracie at Harry’s Jeans, we popped a bottle of sparkling whilst slipping into a range of designer jeans, beautiful jewellery and eclectic pieces to freshen our wardrobe. Shimmying to Soho Girl a few steps down the street, we browsed the chic bohemian brands such as Spell and The Gypsy Collective, Auguste the label and Zulu & Zephyr.


Lunch was calling at Jonez on Food just around the corner (almost everything within walking distance) where culturally innovative food meets British classics set in a Hamptons-esque aesthetic; the ideal seaside setting with views of the water adding to our serene dining experience. Although the comforts of our hotel room were tempting after a long lunch of fresh sashimi, crab linguine and chicken dumplings, there was no time to waste so a coffee (or three) were the perfect pick me up at the InterContinental’s high coffee experience. Not just your average caffeine hit, it takes high tea to another tier. Post coffee, cake and smoked hot chocolate, it was the perfect time to immerse ourselves in the beautiful grounds of the hotel and even get close to the resident wildlife and kangaroos basking in the afternoon sun.


As the sun set, the thought of dinner was on the horizon and Ioesco’s was on our minds, ready to tuck into their tantalising Mediterranean menu. Plunging ourselves into their welcoming Italian dining vibe, we were in supreme comfort amongst the luxurious leather seats and warm service from the staff. One could liken the restaurant to a Siena hideout only the locals would know – just no need for a passport. Over a few glasses of Montepulciano red wine, our palates were ready for the must tastes on the menu: fresh Caprese salad, beef carpaccio, garlic bread, baked gnocchi, Moreton Bay bug pasta and the spaghetti marinara – all bursting with fresh flavours of seafood, tomato and al dente pasta.


After a delicious carb coma, we could finally retire to our own private haven for a restful sleep in anticipation of the blissful morning yoga class ahead at Sanctuary Cove’s Country Club. After flowing into our zen, we sat back to enjoy a buffet breakfast and continued the serenity overlooking the tranquil water feature. Completing our restful stay, we wandered down to Champions, Sanctuary Cove’s most coveted day spa for a radiating facial like no other. Ask for Caroline for a truly unique and deeply relaxing experience.


As we departed Sanctuary Cove and left behind a memorable girls’ weekend, the feeling of tranquillity continued to flow right into our working week.

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Article by Fiona Williams

Fiona is a Journalist and Food Writer who grew up in Adelaide. From Sydney to Brisbane to Canberra and now back to Brisbane, she now calls our wonderful city home. She’s a beauty fanatic obsessed with rose hip oil and she’s definitely made up of at least 80% dry shampoo. A lifelong campaigner against the word ‘good’, Fi (as she likes to be called) loves nothing more than using juicy adjectives and putting honey in her tea.


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