The Calile Hotel
What We Love
- The sugar exfoliation rub at the spa —an intoxicating blend of Shiraz grapes, strawberry, and vanilla
- Custom-made robes by Bondi Beach brand Venroy in all guest bathrooms
- Slow-cooked Japanese eggs with brown butter for breakfast
- Cork-paneled bedheads in all guest rooms
What To Know
- The property’s “Pink” rooms overlook the pool
- Open-air walkways connect the hotel’s communal areas
- The property’s amenities include an outpost of Forme Fitness, one of Brisbane’s most sought-after personal training studios
- The onsite gift boutique, M.O.S.T., is anything but typical, with pieces exclusively commissioned for The Calile
- Free WiFi
Modish central Brisbane escape with an outstanding Greek restaurant and seductive pool deck
As a subtropical retreat on a busy city street, this 175-key property is fluent in contrasts. Expect plenty of palm trees (designers deliberately looked towards other warm cities, such as Miami, Palm Springs, and Rio de Janeiro, for inspiration), pastels, and one exceedingly pretty 88-foot pool—the most coveted spot in this urban resort—with a sexy semicircle sundeck at its center. Hellenika, the property’s buzzy Greek taverna flanked by an olive-tree lined terrace, is a close second where guests can feast on reinterpreted meze and a 450-plus bottle wine list heavy with Aegean Island varieties. Rooms channel modern-day Mesopotamia with their sisal matting and oak and brass accents but come with all the tech trimmings (Bluetooth sound bars, electronic blackout blinds). For an escape within an escape, head to the onsite KAILO medspa, where IV vitamin therapies, manicures in individual wellness pods, and super-charged skin treatments are given by a stellar squad of doctors and wellness practitioners.
In the Area
About a half-hour ride from Brisbane Airport, this Fortitude Valley hotel is set on leafy suburban James Street, which is crammed with art galleries, urban wineries, local coffee roasters, and some of the best dining on Australia’s Gold Coast. Let your gastronomic tour begin at Chow House, where the breakfast menu is treated to an Asian twist, continue to nearby Tinderbox for gluten-free pizzas, and conclude at Gerard’s, an award-winning Middle Eastern bistro that serves shareable plates against a charming, bazaar-like backdrop. Then, browse the boutiques: Brisbane-based Gail Sorronda, known for her monochrome palette and romantic silhouettes, has an outpost here, as does leisurewear brand Venroy.