Often regarded as the number one place to stay in Perth, guests looking for a luxurious haven to relax, sleep and eat in around their intrepid exploration of Western Australia's thriving capital should look no further that The Richardson Hotel and Spa.
The Richardson Hotel and Spa is in close proximity to excellent shopping and dining outlets, as well as cultural hotspots such as His Majesty's Theatre, Barrack's Arch and the limitless delights of King's Park and Botanic Garden, including the outdoor moonlight cinema.
Stylishly decorated and adorned with original Australian artworks, all 74 rooms and suites at The Richardson Hotel and Spa are a minimum of 50ft², so guests can rest assured that they will have a spacious and luxurious area in which to wind-down at the end of each day.
This property exudes five-star opulence from every angle. The multilingual staff will put you at ease from the second you step into the lobby, you will find complimentary Wi-Fi in the guest areas, concierge services, and two fully-equipped meeting rooms, as well as a business centre. The Richardson Hotel and Spa offers a range of luxury spa and fitness facilities, and has famously spacious guest rooms.
Food, drink & entertainment
Opus restaurant is the Richardson Hotel's in-house fine dining restaurant, repeatedly thrilling guests with its glamorous dining experience; fresh, local ingredients are skilfully woven into a delicious seasonal menu imbued with French and Australian flavours. Light bites are served in the Conservatory Cafe, while bright, fruity cocktails are freshly muddled and served along with fine wines and beers in the Cocktail Bar.
Sport, games & activities
As well as a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art gymnasium, guests staying at The Richardson Hotel can take full advantage of the award-winning day spa's comprehensive treatment menu, its sauna, and its indoor heated lap pool complete with lush poolside garden.
Spacious hotel rooms are a trademark of The Richardson Hotel - in fact, all rooms have a separate living and dining area. Rooms are bursting with luxury facilities and services, such as: a private balcony, an in-room safe, internet access, towelling bathrobes, climate control, a pillow menu, an iron and board, a turn-down service, a complimentary daily newspaper and a galley bar.
Taking up the entire western third of Australia, Western Australia is a smooth blend of beauty and culture. Fringed by stunning, white sand beaches and colourful coral reefs, and carpeted with combed, world-class vineyards and ochre expanses of outback, this is one little corner of the world that is just waiting for you to explore it.
Australia's sunniest capital city stands in the south-west of Western Australia, between the rolling turquoise waves of the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. With countless restaurants, museums, art galleries, parks and guided tours, all wrapped up in a famously friendly attitude, it comes as no surprise that Perth was named the world's 9th most liveable city.
Lose yourself in this vibrant state and devour all that it has to offer. From guided tours around haunted old prisons in Fremantle, to surfing lessons in Margaret River and weekend trips to the famous Rottnest Island; visitors to Western Australia are offered a smorgasbord of once-in-a-lifetime experiences which will forever be happily inscribed into their memories.
Visits to Perth are best timed in spring (March - April) or autumn (October-November) to avoid both the summer heat and winter downpours. Temperatures in autumn and spring average in the high twenties during the day and rarely drop below ten degrees at night.
Western Australia leaves behind the fervent, touristy bustle of the east coast, and adopts a laid back attitude and a firm focus on the amazing beaches, beautiful sunsets, and thriving wildlife that the region boasts.
Animal lovers will be delighted with the range of activities that the state offers; take a trip to Perth Zoo or Caversham Wildlife Park, snorkel with playful, wild dolphins in Rockington or Monkey Mia, go on a scenic horse trail around Moore River or the Perth Hills, or scuba dive into the kaleidoscopic, teeming marine world of Ningaloo Reef.
For a sample of the region's pristine beaches - along with their water sports and surfing - relax on the 22km of sun, sea and sand at Cable Beach or visit Australia's whitest beach - Lucky Bay. Often find yourself lost in a desert island daydream? Bring it to life when you take a boat trip over to Penguin Island with a delicious picnic and a strong sense of adventure.
Those visiting Perth will be blown away by the fresh local flavours that the city's restaurants showcase. Try the region's world-class wines, increasingly popular boutique breweries, and highly-prized black truffles.
With more restaurants per capita than any other Australian city, you'll be spoilt for choice when sampling Perth's cuisine. As with many Australian cities, Perth's cuisine focuses on modern Australian tastes with authentic Asian influences. To enjoy a spectacular rose and gold sunset over Swan River while dining on a delicious 28-day aged sirloin steak, pay a visit to Bluewater Grill in Applecross, and for a special occasion, Print Hall Dining Room's understated elegance and award-winning, concentrated, perfected menu will delight even the pickiest of gourmet diners.
Margaret's River Wine Region hosts over 100 wineries, many of which are paired with restaurants serving world-class dishes to compliment and be complimented by their Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays and Shirazs.
Whether you want to party 'til dawn or wind down for another exciting day of sightseeing, Perth's nightlife will cater to your needs. Slip on those glitzy dancing shoes and totter down to James Street to throw some serious shapes in Perth's top nightclubs, or try your luck at roulette in the sleek rooms of Crown Perth Casino. For something a little more chilled out, take a picnic and a few cold beers and curl up under the twinkling stars on a huge, squishy beanbag in King's Park Moonlight Cinema. You'll find everything from Breakfast at Tiffany's, to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to brand new feature films playing at this outdoor cinema. You're bound to find an excuse to visit during your stay in Perth!
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.