There are three white stones in front of me, inscribed with one word each: gratitude, hope and love. I’m invited to select the one that resonates with me. I don’t hesitate as I reach for the gratitude stone. I am grateful for many things – being a mother, my family’s good health, a supportive husband, a great working life, the chance to travel. The list goes on.
But, I’m the first to admit that every now and then I crave a little rest and relaxation. And, between you and me, the silence that engulfs me as I lie on a deliciously heated massage bed at the Heavenly Spa by Westin, is terrific.
The Westin Brisbane is the first in Australia to offer its global luxury spa brand, and with kind and professional therapists, relaxation pods and luxurious treatments, the spa lives up to its name.
The hour-long signature massage is only one highlight during a much-needed mums’ weekend away with my friend. With the silly season upon us – presents to buy, family events to organise, excited candy-cane induced children to wrangle and deadline-driven work environments – we have taken the opportunity to escape for 24 hours.
Located in the city centre, the five-star Westin Brisbane marked the luxury brand’s Queensland debut when it opened its doors in November, 2018. The hotel brings a blend of sophistication, style and Brisbane’s first swim-up bar, which is a non-negotiable requirement for any luxury weekend away.
Pool bar, rosé lounge, executive lounge access, restaurant and super comfortable rooms – what more could you want?
What you need to know:
The hotel sits on Mary Street and is a short walk to The Myer Centre and surrounding restaurants and boutiques. It’s a perfect base for shopping, wining and dining.
The Westin Brisbane boasts 299 guest rooms. They are tastefully furnished and feature flat-screen televisions with Chromecast (hello Netflix binge!). The walls are adorned with beautiful artwork, the bathrooms are luxurious, and I also loved the added inclusion of a Dyson hairdryer.
Celebrate The Westin Brisbane’s first birthday with a city staycation. The package includes overnight accommodation, $40 hotel credit valid at Heavenly Spa by Westin, Eden’s Table, and Nautilus Pool Bar, 2pm late check-out on Sundays and free wifi. Use the promotional code 4AV when making your reservation. Valid until December 30, 2019.
Heavenly Spa is open seven days a week and is offering a great first birthday celebration offer up until December 30. The 75-minute treatment includes a white tea three-stone ritual, massage, organic aromatherapy facial and eye treatment. It costs $155.