Romantic getaways are always fun, especially if you know where to go. However, when you think of putting stars in the eyes of your beloved, Brisbane might not be the first place that comes to mind – but in reality, it has more to offer than you realise. Think stylish hotels, indulgent couple’s pampering sessions and the best food and wine the city can offer. With that in mind, we’ve put together a short guide on how to spend an intimate night away in Brisbane from check-in to check-out.
Choose Capri by Fraser for your romantic getaway
Finding the perfect place to stay is crucial when it comes to organising a romantic getaway. Offering guests unique touches like funky art installations, lush vertical gardens and a popular in-house restaurant that’s renowned for its food and service, Capri by Fraser is effortlessly stylish, which makes it the perfect choice for a couple's escape. As an urban-inspired and design-led venue, the hotel features 239 premium hotel suites. From intimate Studio Deluxe, Studio Executive and Studio Premier rooms to spacious One Bedroom Executive apartments, there are options for every type of traveller at Capri by Fraser.
Every modern studio and apartment comes with all the high-tech extras you might desire while enjoying some special one-on-one time with your partner, including free and unlimited Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, smartphone docking stations and bedside USB charging ports. Of course, the benefits don’t stop there. You’ll also be treated to luxurious bedding and linens, a Herman Miller work desk with a pop-up cosmetics mirror, and designer Malin+Goetz bathroom amenities – not to mention a contemporary kitchenette that comes complete with a Nespresso machine for when you need an early morning pick-me-up.
Upgraded quarters also optimise natural lighting with panoramic windows that offer stunning CBD views or gorgeous glimpses across the Brisbane River and Kangaroo Point cliffs. While the one-bedroom apartments add plenty of space so you can spread out. By choosing Capri by Fraser, you’ll have access to all these amazing amenities and more from the moment you check-in.
Indulge in some relaxing couples pampering
Whether you’ve arrived in a new city or are in the middle of the ultimate staycation, there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of Capri by Fraser’s incredible wellness amenities. After all, nothing takes it out of you like travelling, even if it’s just a short distance, so it’s important to have some downtime to recharge – that way you and your partner will have plenty of energy to enjoy the night ahead. Luckily, Capri by Fraser offers world-class spa facilities like a heated indoor pool and a his and hers steam room and sauna that’ll leave you both feeling and looking great for a romantic night out on the town.
If you’re still not completely relaxed, don’t despair. Brisbane is home to some of the best spas in Australia and several of them happen to be only a short walk away from the comforts of your studio or apartment. But then again, why leave the hotel if you don’t have to? Call down to the concierge and have them organise an in-room couple’s massage and treatment with Ripple Massage that’ll blow you both away. Whether you’re a fan of deep tissue, hot stones or indulgent body scrubs and foot soaks, there’s no doubt that a bit of couple’s pampering will kick-off the romance.
Eat until your hearts are content
In case you missed it, Brisbane has a culinary scene that rivals the food-lined streets of both Melbourne and Sydney and we’re not afraid to say it. Of course, when it comes to choosing the right restaurant for a romantic dinner for two, all those fantastic options can be a double-edged sword. Don’t worry though, we’re well acquainted with the best and brightest eateries Brisbane has to offer, so to make things easier for you we’ve put together a list of five of the best restaurants near Capri by Fraser [include an internal link to the other article]. All of these beautiful spots can offer an incredible experience for you and your loved one – although we advise booking ahead of time if you don’t want to be caught out.
However, if we had to narrow it down to one choice, there’s really only one restaurant in Brisbane that can take the crown in our eyes. Opened in 2008, 1889 Enoteca was one of the first fine-dining restaurants to bring both authentic and sophisticated Italian cuisine to the streets of Brisbane. Now we know you’re probably thinking French is the language of love, but tell that to 1889 Enoteca’s freshly made pasta, low-lit atmosphere and endless tipple list – ‘enoteca’ means wine library in Italy and there really aren’t many places outside the actual country that you can enjoy an Italian wine list this comprehensive. Traditionalist shouldn’t go past the handmade spaghetti tossed with aged pecorino Romano. Head to the cosy confines of the New York-themed Brooklyn Standard for live music and cocktails afterwards – you won’t be disappointed.
When it comes to romance, it’s easy to focus on dinner and forget that the morning is just as important. If you’re hoping to put stars in the eyes of your beloved, having the foresight to book a bountiful breakfast spot will surely have them staring at you as if you’ve transformed into the night sky. Known as Queensland’s only remaining pub with a heritage licence, the Gresham is housed in a historic building with stunning limestone walls, antique furniture and nostalgic framed pictures that have hung on the walls since 1885. Now, regardless of its old-world charms, you might be wondering why we’d send you to a pub for breakfast. But unbeknownst to most, the Gresham happens to offer one of the tastiest breakfasts in the city – especially if you like jaffles. Our recommendation is the smoked turkey and Camembert toastie, but the avo on sourdough toast is pretty good, too.