Win A Luxury Weekend Away PLUS See What Happened On My Luxury Escape

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Nothing spells luxury more than a girls’ weekend away and that’s why we’ve teamed up with the peeps at AccorHotels to treat you and a friend to your very own luxury weekend away. Now before I offered one up to you it was only fair that I got to experience a luxury getaway myself right? So I grabbed one of my BFFs and jumped on a plane and headed to Wellington for a luxury girls’ weekend away staying at the stunning Sofitel Wellington. The five-star Sofitel Wellington has recently been built and not only is it a gorgeous place to stay but is also in easy walking distance to just about everything.

Now we all know what goes on tour usually stays on tour but given I’ve just had one of the most luxurious girl’s weekends away I couldn’t help but share it all (well almost all) with you below. Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how your very own luxury weekend away is #closerthanyouthink with AccorHotels.

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Above: There’s nothing quite like arriving in style.

 

The Sofitel Wellington has recently opened and we were one of the first guests to stay in this beautiful, five-star hotel. Situated directly across the road from the picturesque Botanic Gardens, a stone’s throw from the Beehive and walking distance to the waterfront, it’s easy to see why the Sofitel Wellington is a popular choice. The hotel staff were all amazing too. They always welcome you with a friendly Bonjour (love the French flair) and even served us breakfast in bed on our first morning which was A-mazing. To help secure this luxury trip I joined Accor Plus which is a fab subscription programme for all AccorHotels in the Asia Pacific region. A 12-month membership costs $385 and not only do you get a free night’s accommodation at an AccorHotel when you join, there are also loads of amazing offers to take advantage of too. Members get up to 50% (yes truly) off their meals in AccorHotel restaurants and 10% off the best available room rates – winning! So as you can see, even if you only go away once a year, it’s definitely worth becoming an Accor Plus member.

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Above: Settling into my five star accommodation.

 

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Above: Greeted by delicious treats in our room.

 

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Above: It’s the little touches that make all the difference.

 

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Above: Sofitel Wellington sure knows how to bring the bling.

 

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Above: Now that’s what I call a bath.

 

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Above: Lounging around the room in a fluffy robe is what dreams are made of.

 

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Above: One of the palatial suites at Wellington’s Sofitel.

 

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Above: This is what staying in style looks like to me.

 

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Above: The famous Beehive is only a stone’s throw from our hotel.

 

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Above: The beautiful Botanic Gardens are only a 10 minute walk from our hotel.

 

The Wellington Botanic Gardens is tucked away on the side of a hill at the edge of the CBD and is a must-visit – especially on a sunny day. It’s set on 26 hectares of land and has beautiful sweeping views back to the city and the waterfront. You definitely don’t need a green thumb to enjoy these gorgeous gardens. If you love flowers then the time to visit is from December through to the end of January when the rose garden’s 3,000 plus roses are in full bloom.   

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Above: Enjoying a zen moment at the Wellington Botanic gardens.

 

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Above: The pretty duck pond is the centre piece of the gorgeous rose garden.

 

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Above: A picture-perfect Wellington waterfront.

 

You’ve probably heard it before, but you really can’t beat Wellington on a sunny day. During the weekend we were blessed with beautiful weather which made soaking up the sunshine along the waterfront an absolute delight. It seems we weren’t the only ones enjoying the cloudless skies – a group of local girls decided to brave the chilly water  and wowed the crowds by jumping off the dock and into the harbour. There are plenty of cool cafes and chic little restaurants dotted along the waterfront so you don’t have to go far to find a great little eatery. In fact, everything in Wellington is #closerthanyouthink which is what I love most about this beautiful city.

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Above: As they say, you can’t beat Wellington on a sunny day!

 

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Above: The Crab Shack was a perfect spot for a seafood lunch?

 

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Above: It wouldn’t be Wellington without a little wind right?

 

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Above: St Johns Bar & Restaurant is another hot spot on the waterfront for a drink and a snack.

 

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Above: The service at the Sofitel is second to none.

 

The Sofitel Wellington cocktail bar was the perfect place to enjoy a couple of pre-dinner drinks and plan our evening. I loved the fact that no cocktail was too tricky for the friendly bar staff. Despite not having a frozen margarita on the menu the staff happily whipped one up for me. Sipping cocktails with the evening sun streaming in the window is when I really started to relax and unwind into the weekend.

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Above: I’m glad this frozen Margarita had my name on it.

 

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Above: No girl’s trip to Wellington is complete without a visit to David Jones. 

 

One of the most exciting pit stops was a trip to Wellington’s recently opened David Jones. I was super keen to see if the Wellington DJs actually lived up to its famous Aussie sister stores. I’m thrilled to report it does. If you love to shop in style then David Jones is a must-visit. Just remember to leave yourself plenty of time because you’ll need a couple of hours to fully peruse this three story shopping mecca.  

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Above: So much to buy, so little time money!

 

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Above: This is what I call luxury shopping!

 

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Above: What girl doesn’t enjoy a little pampering from time to time?

 

No girls’ weekend is complete without a little pampering right? So after a delicious lunch on the waterfront we headed to Forme Spa for a little luxury. It was a pedicure for my lovely friend and I opted for a relaxing massage. We even decided to push the pamper boat right out by booking a professional makeup artist and hair stylist to come to our room for some glam treatment before we headed out on the town. If you’re looking for a cool place to enjoy a few cocktails you should definitely visit The Library lounge bar – it’s a bit of a local favourite and a great place to enjoy a few drinks with friends. We then headed to Chow which is an absolute must if you love Asian-fusion food as much as I do.  

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Above: Getting the glam treatment in our room was definitely a highlight of the weekend. 

 

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Above: Wellington’s gorgeous Embassy theatre is the most glamorous place to take in a movie.

 

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Above: The Embassy theatre shouts style. 

 

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Above: Did someone say breakfast in bed?

 

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Above: Breakfast in bed is the perfect end to a wonderful weekend.

 

 

WIN! WIN! WIN!

If you’d like to enjoy your very own luxury weekend away then the peeps at AccorHotels are giving away a luxury weekend at any AccorHotels property across NZ (including flights and accommodation) AND a free Accor Plus membership. So if you’ve ever wanted to jet off to Queenstown or anywhere else in New Zealand for a luxury getaway then now’s your chance. Maybe you’d even like to take a leaf out of my book at spend a weekend staying in style at the Sofitel Wellington (I can definitely recommend it) then enter to win HERE – remember your ticket to luxury is #closerthanyouthink!

Oh and don’t forget if you join Accor Plus you immediately score yourself a free night’s accommodation at an AccorHotel plus loads of other amazing offers to take advantage of too.

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