The Calile Hotel, opened last year in Brisbane’s centre of chic, James Street Fortitude Valley, has certainly won hearts.

The uber cool urban retreat is unlike any other hotel offering the city has seen, and it is not just locals who are impressed with the design and amenity of the property. International style bible Conde Nast Traveler has recently named The Calile amongst the Top New Hotels in the World in its coveted and acclaimed 2019 Hot List. Quite an accolade for an independent hotel operator in a regional capital city.

My first impression of the hotel — with its art deco influences, striking archways, smooth concrete structures, tall stands of palm trees, and luxe marble, wood and gold accents — WAS of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles. Someone else said the hotel reminded them of 1970s Lebanon, evocative of another time, another place. The Calile feels international. It is glamourous yet understated, with neutrals de rigeur. Created by leading local architects Richards and Spence, the hotel draws on a strong sense of place. Inspired by Queensland’s tropical climate, the outdoors are lured within, and fully embraced in the hotel design. Spaces flow easily from within through to thoroughfares and public areas.

A celebrated centrepiece of The Calile is its elevated, centrally located pool deck featuring cabanas and sun lounges for enhanced relaxation.

Boutique in size, The Calile boasts 175 rooms with a mix of suites with balconies overlooking the photogenic pool. The hotel’s art deco aesthetic carries to the rooms, where high-end conveniences include Grown Alchemist bath amenities, locally sourced mini bar, motorised blackout blinds and UHD television with Chromecast and sound bar.

Guests need travel no further than the pool deck for sublime dining at Hellenika, the second installation of this award-winning restaurant. Hellenika brings its signature Greek fare to The Calile, with alfresco dining, poolside bites and beautiful wine. The restaurant space is finished with the same resort chic design featured throughout The Calile. Poolside, the resort lifestyle is epitomised with tropical gardens and long bench seating, perfect for lounging and relaxing, inviting barefoot luxe.

The Calile also boasts the KAILO Wellness Medispa, a library, cocktail bar and high-end independent fashion retailers. KAILO Wellness Medispa, adjacent to the pool, is the creation of long established Brisbane spa operator Meaghan South, originally founder of The Dome Retreat in the CBD, and Dr Edwina Morgan who offers her specialist cosmedical treatments. KAILO provides a curated holistic wellness experience combining ancient wisdom with modern approaches to skin health, medical aesthetics and beauty essentials in a space designed for relaxation and the restoration of vitality. The KAILO spa harmonises with the hotel, designed to calmly synchronise with the alternate streams of treatment and provide a contemplative private sanctuary.

The Calile is a world within the world of James Street, a multi-faceted Brisbane retail and dining destination offering so much to explore in a hip, on-trend new world city coming of age.

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