Ever secretly pined for a holiday where you didn’t have to go exploring for the fun bits? Where the unique experiences, great bars and restaurants, entertainment, family fun and whatever else you desired was right at your hotel room doorstep? Say hello to the Staycation, a ‘Stay Where You Play’ getaway.
The thing about travel is that sometimes you just don’t feel like, well, all that travelling malarkey. So here’s 5 top Australian hotels and resorts jam-packed with on-the-spot holiday action.
24 Hour Party People
As if the Darling Harbour precinct of Sydney wasn’t entertainment enough, the Astral Tower and Residences At The Star has two onsite theatres, a rooftop pool, casino and views over the luscious harbour (so you can check-in on Facebook to the envy of all your friends).
Blackjack fun aside, there’s hit musicals at the Lyric Theatre and live music venues like the Rock Lily (along with its rockstar collection of tequila, the largest in Australia). Party on!
Hen’s and Buck’s Night Fave
All rooms have original artwork, spacious marble bathrooms and on-demand movies for your recovery session. Once you step out the door there’s a choice of 40 restaurants, cafes and bars to get your posse primed for a night of revelry.
From there you can listen to free live music, hit a club, have a game of Kingpin disco bowling or charge into battle with a round of M9 Laser Skirmish. Just don’t leave the bride or groom behind in all the excitement!
For the Love of the Irish
This is the perfect place to head with friends who are out for a good time and a long time. On the outdoor terrace you can enjoy a few pints and tuck into some seriously good bangers & mash or fish’n’chips.
And don’t forget your dancing shoes – the bands change each night and range from upbeat bush and folk to classic rock, Celtic, acoustic vocalists and more, 6 nights a week.
Kids and Animals
Thank goodness Sea World Resort & Water Park Gold Coast has all the answers for working with children and animals!
Start the day with some Nickelodeon hugs in the resort lobby. Think SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora The Explorer. Then have a dolphin encounter in the pool (with trainer).
Guests at Sea World Resort have unlimited access to the Water Play aqua playground in the main pool area. And don’t miss the evening light show. If one of your munchkins is having a birthday the resort can arrange a party – one less thing to stress about.
Or you can challenge your offspring to a game of tennis, then leave them with the babysitter while you head out for happy hour drinks at sunset overlooking the spectacular gardens.
Blend Outback with Out Back
The top end around Darwin offers some of the most exciting and unique adventures in Australia – be it WWII historic attactions, nature walks, stunning beaches, classic pubs or day trips to Kakadu National Park.
But if you need some time off from the Outback, you can just head out the back of the luxurious Skycity Darwin to laze around the infinity pool, hit a few tennis balls, sample one of four bars or have a flutter on the casino VIP floors.
Amongst the five on-site dining options, you’ll find NT’s best restaurant Evoo serving up a delicious fresh seafood and a killer degustation menu with matching wines. And you can work it all off on the hotel’s nine-hole golf course.