When you’re in need of a vaycay but you just can't get away, you might want to consider a staycation at The Ritz-Carlton Perth instead. It’s bound to be just as relaxing as a regular holiday and with all that money you’re saving on flights, you can go ahead and splurge on a spa treatment and a fancy dinner too.
Towering over the banks of the Swan River, the hotel opened late last year so it has still got those fresh feels.
Glitzy inside and out, the building pays homage to the Western Australian landscape; they even hand-picked 10,000 pieces of Kimberley sandstone to feature in the lobby. The walls throughout the hotel are adorned with West Australian art and the finishing touches are courtesy of local stylist Anna Flanders.
Once you’re done admiring the lobby, make your way to your room for floor-to-ceiling windows and blinds which automatically lift to reveal some of the best views Perth has to offer—try and snag a room facing Elizabeth Quay. Once you’ve taken in the view, you’ll notice the rooms are warm and inviting, featuring wood floors and walls, natural tones, plush lounging areas and, if you’re lucky, huge bathtubs overlooking the river below.
If you really want to take your staycay to the next level, there's always the 227 square metre Ritz-Carlton suite which would have to be one of the most luxe ways to spend a night in Perth.
While the bathtub and Sue Lewis chocolates in the minibar will be calling your name, resist the temptation for now or you might never leave your room.
Head to level five for a swim in the infinity pool overlooking Elizabeth Quay, or go directly to the spa and treat yourself to the Luminous Elements Journey. If you don’t have three hours to spare, opt for the express massage or better yet, take up one of the poolside services so you can get pampered without leaving your sun lounge, all while sipping drinks from Songbird.
If you’re not into massages, at the very least you need to plunge into the outdoor, heated vitality pools at the spa which are open to all guests, regardless of whether you have a treatment booked.
Once you are pampered to perfection, it’s time to hit up Songbird for quick drink with views over the Swan before making your way to dinner at their signature restaurant, Hearth, which will blow your mind.
Hearth has already become one of Perth’s best restaurants, but with chef Jed Gerrard at the helm, that was bound to happen. The custom-built hearth is the focal point of the kitchen and every dish has an element which is cooked over the flame, hence the name, so you can expect smoky, earthy goodness in every dish.
If you’re familiar with Jed’s food philosophy, it will come as no surprise that all the produce is sourced from the best local WA suppliers, from the Kimberley to Great Southern WA. For those of you who are really interested in your produce, flip over the menu and admire the map which indicates where every main ingredient is sourced. In less crazy times, you can order as much or as little from the ever-changing menu, but for now, they're offering a three-course set menu. You'll get to choose from a range of dishes, each as good as the next.
If you want to party into the night, the city is at your doorstep, but can you really resist a glass of wine in the bath at this point?
The next morning, head back to Hearth for a delicious plate of French toast, eggs benny or whatever else tickles your fancy.
Finish your staycay with a walk around Lizzie Quay, a soak in the vitality pool or reading a book by the pool—whichever you choose, there’s no way you’re going to want to go home.
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