To escape far and beyond or just in our own backyard, we all need to take some time out to rest and rejuvenate. With one of the hottest summers Australia has had in a while, our Marketing Manager Rachel took a weekend to go poolside at the Calile Hotel in Fortitude Valley – located in our beloved sunshine state, Queensland.
So, what does one’s mini escape look like? Rachel gave us a taste of her long weekend, dining, pool gazing and sipping cocktails.
Arriving at The Calile instantly put me in a relaxed mood. The urban oasis is decorated in mint and blush-toned marble – think ‘summer in Miami-vibe’.
After check-in, we made our way to our suite - the “Poolside”, which was perfect for people watching and gazing out over the blue and green toned pool area. This was one of my favourite spots just to relax and look over the horizon with cocktail in hand. And I must say, this long weekend involved plenty of cocktails in hand!
Opening the curtains each morning to a view of the glittering pool surrounded by dual white and mint umbrellas refreshed my senses and it couldn’t be more inviting. After breakfast I packed my Flying Solo tote with SPF 50 and made my way down to one of the many cabanas. Once settled in the perfect spot, we were waited on by the friendly wait staff while occasionally taking a dip in the pool to cool off. It was a place in which we could stay all day and the food and drink offering was sublime. No post-Christmas detox here.
You have the pick of the prescient when dining on James Street where the Calile Hotel is located. I was spoilt for choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But a highlight of my trip was Helenika Restaurant. We ate from the delicious Greek menu on the pool deck at Helenika two nights in a row. My top picks from the menu were the Sheftalies - Cypriot Greek meatballs and the Piperies - chargrilled peppers.
I got to know the cocktail menu well by the end of my trip. You can’t go wrong with a Mezcal Sour to unwind after a day of pool-side siestas and shopping!
After dinner was short stroll across the road to continue our holiday ice-cream splurging, and of course our choice was Gelato Messina (an Australian favourite).
If you want to discover Australian designers, James Street is the place to be.
My top choices:
Bassike – State of Escape’s Brisbane stockist has a beautiful collection of relaxed vacation essentials. Always a pleasure to visit and with the most helpful staff, I picked up a pair of their leather sandals while I was there.
Zimmermann – I can’t walk past a store without going in to check out their latest collection. The store itself feeds the visual senses with soft colour palettes and patterns pairing back with the beautiful interior settings.
Andronis – Located outside the hotel lobby, is a gorgeous jewellery boutique. Featuring local and international jewellery designers – I loved the designs by local jewellery-maker Christie Nicolaides. I’ve noted a few of Nicolaides’ pieces and they’re straight to the top of my birthday wish-list.
With everything on your doorstep at the Calile, I packed light. My top essentials included my three staple State of Escape totes:
1. My Flying Solo in sage green
2. Petite Escape in stone
3. Festival crossbody in sage green.
These were the perfect travel companions to take me from flight, to day, to night! I love how they can all pack inside each other and take up minimal room in my suitcase, it’s my perfect Escape Plan™.
Being the middle of summer, my English skin needs protection from the harsh Australian sun. My Ultra Violette sunscreen was on me at all times and I always have at least two bottles of their Supreme Screen SPF 50+ in my bag.
For more information on the Calile Hotel please visit here