We’re officially into the second half of 2017, and I think it goes without saying that we’re all in need of a little getaway. But with most of Perth having used up their annual leave to experience that European sun, some of us can only afford a two-day weekend escape. Thankfully, I’ve come up with the ultimate not-so-getaway that will have you returning to work on Monday feeling refreshed and relaxed. All you need to do is cancel your weekend plans and pack your overnight bag.
Nestled in the heart of Perth’s CBD is COMO The Treasury. This urban hotel was awarded Gourmet Traveller’s Hotel of the Year in 2016, and you can certainly see why. Taking over what was formerly a post office and treasury, the hotel is housed in the 19th century state buildings. It contains over 40 rooms and suites all boasting a serene retreat away from the hype of the city, giving off that ‘home away from home’ vibe.
Leave your car in the hands of the hotel Valet and head over to the 24-hour concierge to grab the keys to your very own suite and begin your mini holiday. Once you’ve unpacked that overnight bag and tested out the custom-made king beds draped in Egyptian cotton bed linen, head downstairs to Post for brunch.
Treat yourself to some lemon scented pancakes with banana, berries and cashew maple cream, or opt for something light and healthy like the egg white and kale omelette with mushrooms and roasted tomato.
It’s time to unwind and be selfish. Check yourself into the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape for some ‘me time’. Specialising in hands-on-healing and holistic treatments, they offer a variety of different massages as well as facials and hydrotherapy. Once you’ve finished being pampered, take a dip in the 20m heated indoor pool to cool off.
Replenish your energy levels and fuel up on caffeine downstairs at Telegram Coffee. The head barista here has spent 20 years perfecting his brew, so you can expect a nice smooth latte. If you’re feeling peckish, they’ve also got a few treats on offer like Honest Goods coconut bread – 100% guilt free.
Head back to your room, roll up those Roman blinds and take in the view of Perth city through the oversized windows before running yourself a nice long bath in a German deep-form Kaldewei free standing tub.
It’s been a long day, you deserve a drink (or two). Head up to the fourth floor and order yourself a signature cocktail from Wildflower. The Wildflower Martini with West Perth Vodka, Gerladton wax and Victorian vermouth goes down nicely while admiring the view of both the city and the Swan River.
After you’ve quaffed down a few cocktails, it’s time you fill that hunger in your stomach. The menu at Wildflower boasts dishes that revolve around the indigenous six seasons, and is driven by farmer and forager style. For entrée you can expect dishes like salt baked heirloom beetroot with whipped goats curd and native thyme, and for main there’s options aplenty, from line caught wild fish to wood grilled Arkady lamb. Finish off your feed here with something sweet like the Whipped Bahen and Co Chocolate with wattle seed cream and Geraldton wax sorbet.
Head back up to your room and get comfortable in that king bed, taking full advantage of the Samsung LED television with endless movie options.
After that sleep in you’ll need something satisfying for breakfast. Get dressed and head down to Petition Kitchen for their signature baked slow eggs with beans, ham hock and kransky sausage. If that’s too much for 10am, their oatmeal porridge with mandarin and rhubarb is light and warm and perfect for those cold wintery mornings.
Now you’re out and about check out some of the little boutique shops within the building. Lust over some of the amazing luxury jewellery at Rohan Jewellery where they specialise in working collaboratively on bespoke pieces for their clients. Once you’ve picked out some of your favourite pieces, stroll over to Ginger B where you’ll find gifts aplenty (in case you needed even more reason to spoil yourself). From gourmet hampers, to facial and body products and even gifts for friends with newborns. Everything here is locally sourced, organic and eco friendly, so you can feel good about your purchase. The next stop is Sue Lewis Chocolatier aka coco heaven. Here you’ll find some of the world’s finest coverture chocolate all handmade with care and passion. The salted caramel block is a must try. With 70% Valrhona dark chocolate encasing a soft buttery caramel flavour throughout and pink Murray River salt flakes sprinkled on top, it’s hard not to finish the whole block.
It’s time to take a wander around the historic building and check out some of the art. The white sculpture standing before St George’s Cathedral is an abstract interpretation of St George and the dragon and was created by artists Marcus Canning and Christian de Vietri in 2011. The name it takes has an interesting history that you can read more about when you head over there. Another interesting piece of art is Dirty Deeds. It illustrates exactly where the two holding cells for the Police Court used to stand, and shows the kind of people who spent time there.
After experiencing some old history and culture, it’s time to fill your belly. Head over to Long Chim for an early dinner and be prepared to eat your body weight in Thai food. Long Chim means to come and taste, and that’s exactly what you’ll end up doing here. Indulge in dishes like a coconut and turmeric curry of chicken, deep fried squid with garlic and peppercorns and fried rice with roast duck. Wash it all down with a Thai inspired cocktail like the Pomelo Spritz, made up of pomelo, grapefruit sherbet, Aperol, vodka and bubbles, then finish off the night with a palm sugar pudding topped with grated coconut.
If you’re feeling up to it, head over to the Treasury Lounge and Bar for a nightcap. Located on the ground floor, it spans three interconnected rooms with high ceilings, timber shuttered windows, and a drinks menu that’s available until late. Order yourself an old fashioned Cosmo before heading up to your room to pack your bags and run yourself one last bubble bath.
It’s time to check out, but before you go make sure you book yourself in for another stay, because chances are you’ll be needing another inner-city getaway in a few months!
For more info and details on COMO the treasury check out their website.