There’s no denying that a girls getaway away is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can share with your #girlsquad. From dining out for every meal, lounging in boutique hotel suites, and indulging in more cocktails than you usually would, a girls getaway is the perfect opportunity to relax and bond. We can’t always get away to Sydney or Noosa, so sticking to our own neck of the woods is a great option to fit in plenty of girl time without any of the stress!
Sage Hotel James St has a range of boutique suites perfectly suited for a girls getaway. Deluxe services, such as complimentary chauffeur-driven Mercedes Benz transfers, as well as complimentary access to Function Well Gym, are extra touches Sage Hotel offers to ensure guests enjoy their stay to the fullest. Who wouldn’t love access to a private chauffeur?!
With only 48 hours at your disposal, here’s how to plan the ultimate girls getaway!
So you’ve checked into Sage Hotel James St. The next thing you need to do is grab something to eat. The Boundary St Markets are the best place to grab a casual dinner on a Friday evening, with sweet and savoury delights gathered from across the world. Enjoy Nasi Lemak from Little Nyonya, oodles of noodles from Raijin Japanese, and cheese pies and poffertjes from Taste of Transylvania. And with licensed stalls selling frothy, cold beers, you might just make use of that dance floor.
With a food coma imminent, it’s time to head back to your classy James St digs for a bit of R&R. A boutique suite at Sage Hotel on James St is the perfect place to relax with a bottle of sparkling, face masks, tunes, and of course, your favourite girls. Make use of the complimentary access pass and hit up Function Well Gym for a quick evening workout. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing. Popping open another bottle of sparkling wouldn’t be amiss either!
Good morning, bright eyes! Start your Saturday with one of Brisbane’s best breakfasts, at Rogue Bar + Bistro. Either lace up your shoes and enjoy the 2km stroll, or make the most of the CityCycle service and grab a set of wheels for the morning. However you decide to arrive, we recommend you try the delicious red velvet waffles with strawberries, white chocolate crumble, and raspberry cheesecake gelato, or the omelette with BBQ pork belly, Asian slaw, and spiced labne. With a breakfast this amazing, your day is guaranteed to be a good one.
What would a girls getaway be without a little bit of retail therapy? Luckily, Sage Hotel James St is (as you might guess) centrally located in the James St precinct, which is renowned for its luxe shopping. Stroll up and down the strip, exploring fashion retailers such as designer hotspot Calexico, artisan jewellery boutique Chrissa Alexion, and bohemian delight Molten Store. If you’re keen to get a head start on relaxing, stock up on aromatic and indulgent spa products from Waterlily. Grab some extra spa supplies to ensure the relaxed vibes stay with you even after your holiday ends!
When it’s finally time for more food, make sure you hit up Botanica Real Food for wholesome sustenance and treats that won’t make you feel guilty. Made in-house fresh every morning, the selections at Botanica are full of delicious nutrients and satisfying goodness. Their salad boxes are the perfect accompaniment to a sunshine picnic at New Farm Park, while their gluten-free sweet treats will satisfy all your cravings.
With a girls night out on the mind, you need to swing by Brooklyn Beauty Bar beforehand for luxurious treatments and the first few drinks of the evening (seriously! They are licensed!). Pick and choose the treatments you’d like – they offer it all! Whether you’re after a fresh mani + pedi, make-up application, artfully shaped brows, or a rejuvenating skin treatment, you can do it all with a gin cocktail in hand. We recommend booking ahead of time to make sure you secure your space! If it’s a fresh new hairstyle you need to feel pampered, the experts at the Lyla Clare salon will take the time to create a look perfectly suited to your face, hair and lifestyle. And after all, who doesn’t love a fresh blowout before going out on a Saturday night?
And now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for: drinks! Brisbane has an abundance of bars to choose from, each with their own attitude and style. Eleven Rooftop Bar is swanky and exclusive, while The APO is ultra-mod with an awesome atmosphere. No one does cocktails quite like Elixir Rooftop bar; Greenglass has an incredible selection of wines; and Sixes and Sevens should be your first stop for a night out.
When it comes time for dinner, it’s important to choose a destination that is a perfect blend of delicious foods and palpable atmosphere. Sono celebrates the best of Japanese dining, with traditional horigotatsu-style dining (when the diners are seated in a cleft with sunken tables at floor level) and expertly toes the line of traditional and contemporary dining. LongTime brings Asian-fusion to the foreground with a deliciously decadent menu of Thai share plates. Dim lighting, intimate seating and exposed brick make this a gorgeous venue for dinner with the girls, with a couple of their insanely good cocktails on the side. New kid on the block, Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, has a delicious menu of New Orleans-style eats, with live jazz music every night of the week, which leads perfectly on to the next stage of the night …
Dancing! If you’re keen to kick on, Brisbane has a surplus of nightlife venues to check out. The Triffid always has awesome local and interstate acts performing, while Brooklyn Standard is a killer bar for dancing and grooving. Atmosphere, tunes, and flowing bevs – what more could you want?
If you don’t bounce back from the hangovers quite so well any more, then you definitely need to get some coffee and breakfast into your body ASAP. Cure what ails you at the aptly named Morning After café with the best damn eggs benny money can buy. For the ultimate hangover cure, mainline their green smoothie (kale, apple, celery, lemon, mint and ginger) until you’ve healed from your bad decisions.
Your weekend might be winding down, but there’s still time for luxuriating at one of Brisbane’s local day spas. Sakura Day Spa specialises in traditional Asian techniques and contemporary Australian treatments, while One Wybelenna, tucked away in lush acreage in Brookfield, is a holistic pampering experience unlike any other. The weekend might be over, but at least you’ll be too blissed-out to be sad. See you again soon!
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