Staycations: A chance to spoil yourself

The concept of a staycation is catching on, and it's not surprise why. The concept is simple; you save the time and money of travelling to a far off holiday destination and instead spoil yourself by focusing your spending on a premium local hotel, resort or apartment in your own hometown. Use the extra funds to indulge in room service or fine dining and during the day you can think like a tourist and experience some of the hometown highlights that you may have been taking for granted.

Those who have tried a staycation report that they do actually achieve that ‘going away’ experience with a lot less hassle and cost, so if the idea tickles your fancy here are some ideas that may get your imagination inspired a little further.

Sparkling Sydney
With the world’s most beautiful harbour on your doorstep, why go anywhere else? For accommodation why not make the most of the harbour backdrop and stay at the Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel. Glorious harbour views, sumptuous seafood dining and historical and natural points of interest are right on your doorstep in the South Head area. Couple it with a ferry ride to an Opera House concert or show to make it an extra-special experience.

If you want to be closer to the city action, try the luxurious apartments at World Tower, with their panoramic 70 storey high city views. The Capitol Theatre and Entertainment Centre are close by for night time enjoyment, Hyde Park is nearby for an afternoon stroll and an exotic dinner at Chinatown is just around the corner.

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Magnificent Melbourne
If you’re a Melbournite, then South Yarra makes an ideal staycation spot with an artistic twist. Shopping, fashion, dining and entertainment are all at your fingertips. The bustling Chapel Street a prime example, boasting exclusive retail outlets, cafes, clubs, the Jam Factory entertainment complex. Prahran Market is nearby too if you want to sample the gourmet fare and fresh produce.

For more refined pleasures, pay a visit to historic Como House and maybe take in some of the renowned art galleries of the district, such as the Gould Galleries or the South Yarra Arthouse Gallery. If you want to breathe in some fresh air there are a multitude of options with panoramic city views, such as Fawkner Park along South Yarra's western boundary or follow the river on bike or foot on the Capital City Trail.

For some indulgent accommodation, The Lyall Hotel & Spa is in the heart of South Yarra offers a premium 5 star experience, complete with a mini art gallery on each floor of the hotel and a cosy lounge with open fireplace. The in-house Lyall Spa is ready to rejuvenate the face and body and give you the pampering you deserve.

Another option for your South Yarra base is The Olsen located right on Chapel Street. It’s named after the celebrated artist, John Olsen, who’s works permeate the entire building adding a unique charm. The elegant rooms are complemented by an on site day spa and two exquisite restaurants. You’ll feel a million miles away, even though you may live just across town.

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