The luxury traveler’s guide to Brisbane to inspire your next indulgent getaway

For Front Row Views of Story Bridge: Crystalbrook Vincent

Where luxury meets sustainability in a five-star riverside experience. On the bustling waterfront of Howard Smith Wharves, Crystalbrook Vincent champions #ResponsibleLuxury. What does that mean? Bold and bright designer suites with river views or green walls. Upcycled fixtures and furniture alongside gold pieces and quirky prints by famed Australian artist Vincent Fantauzzo.

No need to go far for a good meal. At Polpetta Restaurant, you can dine leisurely Roman style and a menu that showcases rustic flavors and local produce as the stars of the show. Meanwhile, Fiume’s rooftop pool and bar offers live DJ sets and sustainably sourced snacks with the Story Bridge in full view.

For a Californian-inspired urban resort: The Calile Hotel

This glamorous 175-room destination bills itself as “Australia’s premier city resort.” Diving in the central swimming pool, basking in cabanas or on a solarium and dining on the hotel’s outdoor terrace are on the program. The same goes for hanging out at the spa – which is also open to the general public – and making the most of Brisbane’s weather.

The hotel’s architecture is comprised of curved forms, neutral tones with hot pinks, and a flowing feel — think open-air spaces and covered walkways, natural ventilation, and abundant plants. In rooms and suites, guests will find oak furniture, daybeds for afternoon naps, luxury linen bathrobes, and mini-bars stocked by local suppliers — there’s even mini cocktails from the nearby sAme sAme restaurant so you can find your favorite flavors before dinner.

For siesta by the river: W Brisbane

This bright and eclectic five-star hotel offers views of South Bank, the premier cultural district, with the Wheel of Brisbane, Queensland Performing Arts Center and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. The hotel’s 312 designer rooms come with ten-gallon drum baths and in-suite cocktail stations. There’s also an on-site spa and fourth-level terrace that features a zebra-striped pool with an adjacent bar and plenty of chairs and lounges for going into complete incognito mode.

For dining, the W Brisbane is home to Queensland’s first Three Blue Ducks Restaurant, a spacious 150-seat space overlooking the river that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with the kitchen overseen by chefs. chefs Mark LaBrooy, Darren Robertson and Andy Allen. . You are also spoiled for choice with a range of dining options just downstairs including Italian, Thai and Japanese cuisines.

Elisha A. Tilghman