Proving the case for a tropical holiday, this Australian urban oasis is a destination you’ll never want to leave

Should you find yourself on a jaunt across the Tasman in the coming months, might we suggest a night or two in the tropical capital of Brisbane for a luxury staycation? Often overlooked in favour of Melbourne’s arts and Sydney’s beaches, Brisbane is swiftly making a mark on the Australian landscape — the Fortitude Valley postcode drawing crowds for its burgeoning arts and hospitality scene. The crown jewel is none other than The Calile Hotel, an urban oasis that feels more akin to something found in Palm Springs than the sticky heat of South East Queensland.

But at this James Street address, it is paradise found — a hotel you’ll simply never want to leave. Built around a gorgeous central pool, with cabanas, day beds and inspired Greek cuisine delivered at a moment’s notice, it is the epitome of laid-back luxury. At The Calile, leisure and wellbeing sit at the heart of the experience.

Boasting some of the City’s most popular dining experiences on-site and a world-class spa and wellness centre, the only thing more relaxing is its utterly gorgeous rooms. There, swathes of linen and simple, sophisticated interiors set the tone for the ultimate escape, offering private spaces in which the world outside fades away. Although, with a number of luxurious boutiques at your doorstep, The Calile is the perfect base from which to explore Brisbane’s ever-growing offering. With Camilla and Marc and Dion Lee on James Street, alongside more than 100 other stores, this is a location spoilt for choice. But even if you never venture further than the poolside, it will have been a holiday well spent.

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