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An indulgent package is on offer at Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel for a cool $12,000

Emporium Hotel

IT'S a holiday made in heaven for those with love in their hearts and even more cash in their wallets.

Brisbane's chic Emporium Hotel is offering what it calls "the ultimate indulgence package" - a day and night of luxury and pampering, plus the opportunity to have a piece of jewellery styled by acclaimed designer Margot McKinney.

All for a cool $12,000.

The Emporium Hotel is one of several five-star hotels, resorts and lodges in Queensland defying doom and gloom in the tourism sector by pitching ever more extravagant offers at the top end of the market.

"From the moment the hotel was built - with its interior decor, with its architecture, with the small number of rooms and higher-than-average level of staffing - we've really tried to pitch ourselves at the top", hotel general manager Peter Savoff said.

"We've always refused to compromise the standards and services we offer, but try to value-add. You'll never see us dumping prices."

The centrepiece of the deal is a private consultation with McKinney, who is known for her work with South Sea pearls - $10,000 goes towards a bespoke piece.

Overnight accommodation is in an Emporium Hotel suite with a 24-hour personal butler and a romantic package, including Perrier-Jouet champagne, candles and rose petals and in-room beauty and massage pampering by spa staff.

Mr Savoff said the deal would be promoted to "high-end" customers, but could also appeal as a "once-in-a-lifetime experience" to young couples.

On the Gold Coast, the new Hilton Surfers Paradise has a "diamond indulgence" deal that includes a one-carat white diamond engagement ring by Queensland jeweller John Calleija.

The $20,000 price-tag also includes two nights in a one-bedroom "residence" with surf views, sparkling wine, chocolate truffles and a dozen red roses, as well as a limousine ride to the sky deck of the nearby Q1 building to propose, followed by dinner at a choice of restaurants.

Russell Durnell, boss at the Palazzo Versace at Main Beach, says even though the number of international visitors has halved, occupancy rates have remained about 65 per cent.

"Our domestic leisure business is the highest it's ever been since the hotel opened (11 years ago)," he said.

The number of guests coming from within 100km of the Gold Coast has doubled in the past three years.



HOW MUCH: $20,000


The Diamond Indulgence package includes two nights in a one-bedroom ocean view Residence; limousine transfer to the Sky Deck of the Q1 building to propose; 1ct white diamond engagement ring designed by John Calleija; dinner at a choice of restaurants; a dozen red roses; breakfast hampers. A $10,000 version includes a half-carat diamond ring.


HOW MUCH: $11,660


The Great Barrier Reef package includes a helitour of the natural wonder as well as three nights in the secluded and sumptuous Beach House Pavilion with its private 12m infinity pool, gourmet meals and VIP chauffeur service. TV queen Oprah Winfrey stayed here on her visit Down Under


HOW MUCH: $3186


A luxurious and spacious suite in the island's top-of-the range Pavilion with stunning views over the Coral Sea, private plunge pool and daybed area in which to relax. The price includes gourmet meals and drinks, a one-hour spa treatment and speedboat ride to picnic on a private beach.


HOW MUCH: $3000


"Rock-star arrival" pick-up in a chauffeur-driven Bentley Arnage or Audi 8 with a halfbottle of Perrier-Jouet champagne; accommodation in an opulent imperial suite; private cabana; use of two Vespa scooters or the Audi to explore the coast.


HOW MUCH: $2980


A two-bedroom private lodge, accommodating up to four, featuring an outdoor infinity spa on the edge of a World Heritage-listed national park.
Includes a seven-course degustation dinner. Recently named "best luxury accommodation" for the second year running in the Queensland Tourism Awards.

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