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The Nearcation

There’s something really appealing about staying at a hotel with your partner. And it doesn’t even have to be a hotel in another major city. It can be a hotel in the city where you live. Getting away from the home, which to most translates to housework, ferrying children about and the general day to day, can bring you closer and reconnect you with your partner and the things you used to be able to indulge in.  So don’t wait until annual holidays come around, book into a lovely hotel in your home town now.

According to the General Manager of Park Hyatt Melbourne, Sholto Smith, many returning guests have a ‘couples weekend’ as a regular treat. “We have many guests who stay three or four times a year, just for a weekend getaway. It’s a wonderful opportunity to reconnect,” he said.

So what’s the key to a great couples weekend? Consider these handy tips.

Take “comfortable” clothes

No – not old trackie pants and a tee shirt.  The trick is to pack clothes you feel confident in wearing. Avoid taking anything you’ve just bought and haven’t worn before. – especially important for lingerie or a dinner dress.

No talking about the kids

It’s good to make a pact to not talk about the kids for the entire weekend. And if you don’t have kids, no talking about the pets either. As for you grandparents – the grandkids are off limits too! Talk about what interests the both of you outside the family. It will take you back to the good old days.

No tech zone

Even a more difficult task than not talking about kids is leaving technology at home. Yes – even the iPhone! Emergency details can be your hotel and room number. Seriously!

Preparation is key

It’s not about him – it’s about you. Let’s be honest, he probably doesn’t really care if you’re a bit hairy and have dry skin. But if you’re feeling great and confident it makes a huge difference. Waxing two-three days prior is always great, plus taking special care of your skin by exfoliating and moisturising.

Food and drink – but not too much

It’s hard to resist temptation, especially if you’re at a five star club lounge, but it’s difficult to be in a romantic mood and full of cheese and champers.



Here are some suggestions for your weekend nearcation. Included are five star hotels and where possible, we have recommended Club Lounge rooms as you get breakfast, nibbles and drinks early evening – plus you just feel that bit more special. There are also a few boutique hotels recommended and those with an asterisk have perks if you book via Mr and Mrs Smith. You will need to check the latest rates as these rates were from December 2012.




Shangrila Hotel

Horizon Club Darling Harbour View from $350pn


Four Seasons Hotel

Full Harbour view and access to Executive Club from $535pn


The Darling Hotel

Rooms from $409pn. Don’t forget to make spa reservations too.




The Lyall

Super Deluxe One Bedroom suite with valet and breakfast $420pn. You can book your spa treatments on online reservations


The Park Hyatt Melbourne

Try the Celebration Package inc access to lounge and an amazing in-room breakfast, champagne and chocolates $615pn


Crown Metrolpol

Deluxe King room and access to 28 club lounge $575pn




Sofitel Brisbane

Junior Suite Magnifique Romance package including in-room breakfast and champagne. $545pn


Spicers Balfour 

Weekend Affair package including lots of extras including nibbles on arrival and one hour massage. $529pn




Intercontinental Hotel

King River View Club room includes lounge access $387pn


Hilton Adelaide

Queen Hilton Junior Suite includes access to Club Lounge $485pn




The Richardson Hotel and Spa

One Night Escape Package including six course degustation menu at Opus Restaurant $765pn


Parmellia Hilton

King Suite including breakfast $504pn

All rates have been taken using a Saturday night rate in November 2012 .


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