Date Night thanks to Hilton HHonors {plus win your own}

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Mr SY works smack bang in the centre of Brisbane city. Surrounded by innumerable shops, restaurants and bars.

Most Friday nights as he walks past those aforementioned shops, restaurants and bars on his way to the train station to hot foot it back up the highway to home, he laments not being able to take me out in his working ‘hood.

So, when the lovely people at the Hilton HHonors {the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands} program offered me a chance to experience the perks of such a program, I jumped at the chance to have a Date Night in Brisbane.

I was a bit clever about the timing too. See, Mr SY would be at the office all day. Thanks to his wonderful sister, Mr 7 was spending the night with his cousins just down the road, which would then leave me with a whole afternoon to prepare.

And by prepare I mean implement a four-step action plan to take me from hot-and-bothered-coast chick who’s become quite accustomed to wearing minimal makeup and clothes these summer holidays to glam-city-chick. By 5pm.

With just four hours to be Date Night ready, I did a bit of pre-planning before leaving home. Booked some professionals to help me out and did a little online retail research as to possible outfits.

{I did bring a back-up outfit with me from home. Just in case I didn’t find something I loved. Can never be too prepared, Stylers.}

It had been about four years since we’d stayed at the Hilton Brisbane but I’d visited for high tea with Miss SY last December and had remembered just how conveniently it is placed for city shopping. It’s a bit like a beautiful, peaceful oasis perched just above the craziness of the Queen Street Mall below.

Hilton Brisbane by night

Hilton Brisbane - looking up from reception

Hilton Brisbane - looking down from the 24th floor

What also sets this hotel apart from others in inner-city Brisbane is that while it may be coming up to 26 years old, its original design was that of Harry Seidler {one of the founders of modernist design}.

His concept of bringing light into a large city hotel via the atrium pictured above means that you always feel connected to the outside. Warning though, if you’re not one for heights, don’t look down when you’re in those glass lifts and travelling up to the 24th floor. Just saying.

The original hotel has been progressively renovated since 2005 and the opening of Vintaged Bar last year and the Vintaged Grill the year before that completed the picture. Stock-standard hotel dining and drinking it is not.

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But more on that later.

There was the small matter of the prep work to be completed, wasn’t there?

First stop out the lift on to the mall was Country Road. Not for me. No, for Mr SY. A new shirt or three. Something for him to wear that night and distract him from the purchases I was to subsequently make for myself ;)

Country Road, Brisbane, Queen Street Mall

Now, to me. That online browsing the day before had led me to Leona Edmiston. I made a beeline for the Queens Plaza boutique, crossing fingers and toes that the two frocks I was keen to try were still available in my size. Bingo … and both on sale.

Leona Edmiston Queens Plaza Brisbane

Next, a quick mani three levels below and onwards and up the Queen Street mall for a makeover at the Illamasqua counter at Myer then back to Elizabeth Street behind the Hilton for a blow dry at the Blow Dry Bar. I was hooked on this concept when travelling in the US last year and am more than a little excited to find it here in Australia too. You can’t beat a $40 blow dry – in and out in 45 minutes. As for the makeup? Great value too. It’s $50 but that’s redeemable on product. I needed more foundation. Sorted and smokey eye ready.

As I swished my hair back towards the Wintergarden shopping centre, which re-opened last year looking all shiny and new and is in the same building as the Hilton, I justified a look-see and purchase at Dinosaur Designs. The frocks I had already purchased had been on sale after all ;)

Mr SY phoned just as I was handing over my card to make the purchase and said he was on his way. Talk about perfect timing. Off to our room, it was.

I got the shopping confession out of the way first. You know, while he was all happy about the easiest commute from work ever.

Hilton Brisbane | Hilton HHonors weekend

Shopping confession

Yes, the shirts proved to be just the distraction I’d hoped for. He loved the frocks and raised his eyebrows at the bangles purchase, muttering something silly along the lines of don’t I already have plenty of accessories.

Decided to ignore such nonsense, quickly shower and get one of those frocks on. Pronto.

Leona Edmiston frock; Red Phoenix Emporium necklace, Dinosaur Designs bangles, coolbabycool bracelet; Uberkate earrings, Robert Robert heels from way back; Sportsgirl handbag {on bed}

Now, I’d made a dinner booking back at the hotel for 8pm but first Mr SY was keen to take me down Brisbane’s Burnett Lane to sample some of the action in the city’s new-ish laneway bars.

I’m a bar hopper from way back and excelled at choosing a different drink at each of the three we visited: Super Whatnot {young crowd, eclectic decor}, The Survey Co {older crowd, sophisticated urban}, Brew {crowd somewhere in between, hipster factor high}.

Super Whatnot laneway bar, Brisbane

Brew, Burnett Lane, Brisbane

Mr SY and I, Brisbane laneway bars

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We had one more drink stop to make before dinner. And it was a good one. It came with a view, 25 storeys up in the Executive Lounge at the Hilton Brisbane.

Hilton Brisbane Executive Lounge | night time drinks

As we were offered our choice of drinks and canapes, I realised just what the big deal about being a part of the Hilton HHonors program was all about. Not only can you receive complimentary continental breakfast, access to the Executive Longe {at selected properties}, free wi-fi in your room, express checkout and so much more {check here for details on what the each HHonors Status gets you} but the staff in the lounge go out their way to make you feel super special. To first timers like us but also I overhead them talking to repeat guests as if they were long-lost friends.

Talk about personalise the hotel experience. I could get very used to that.

Dinner at Vintaged did not disappoint. Mr SY was ready for a good steak and boy did they serve up just that. I chose salmon with an eye firmly on the dessert menu. As I am wont to do.

Vintaged Bar + Grill, Hilton Brisbane

Vintaged Bar + Grill, Hilton Brisbane, dessert

In the interests of keeping this blog PG-rated, we shall skip what happened next. Suffice to say, I do love a hotel bed. Yes, I do …

Especially when you wake up and have to work out exactly what time it is because no children have come in to say good morning.

Got myself up … eventually … frocked up again in other Leona purchase, looked at suitcase full of unworn clothes and noted to self to next time only pack underwear, and went back for a bit more Executive Lounge action for breakfast before checking out.

Leona Edmiston frock | Country Road wedges | Uberkate earrings

Hilton Brisbane executive lounge breakfest

Have since put Mr SY on notice that he’s to organise at least two of these Date Nights this year.

I’m no relationship expert but I tell you, just one night {and a little retail therapy} can do wonders to keep things, shall we say, zesty.

Special offer

Now is definitely the time to plan ahead for a special weekend away in 2013. If you book a future weekend stay at hotels within the Hilton HHonors portfolio {see below for participating hotels} before February 14, 2013 then rates are up to 40% off with the Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale. Your weekend escape can be at any participating hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio up to December 31, 2013.  Book for a special birthday, anniversary or just because. They’re the best kind of escapes.

Participating Hilton Worldwide properties that you can redeem your points on include: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels& Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.

WIN

Would you like the chance to get away for one or maybe two nights with your partner {or get away with the girls ;)}? Thought you would. Thanks to the wonderful people at Hilton HHonors, we’re giving away 100,000 Hilton HHonors points to one lucky Styling You reader. HHonors points can be redeemed {and earned} on free nights at Hilton Worldwide properties around the world {see above for list of hotels}, flights, merchandise, experiences and much, much more. Becoming a Hilton HHonors member and building up your points with each stay, you could get to enjoy all the benefits of the Executive Lounge like we did.

Entering is simple. It will be a game of skill and your answer to this question will be judged based on creativity and originality:

Which Hilton Worldwide property would you book into {can be in Australia or overseas too} and what would you do during your stay there?

Entries open on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 8am (AEST) and close on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 8am (AEST). The winner will be notified via email and his or her name published here. Should you win, you will need to join the Hilton HHonors program so your points can be awarded to you.

Membership for HHonors is free, and you can join online by visiting www.HiltonHHonors.com. Earn points with every visit and take advantage of free nights, early check-in/late checkout, express check-in lines and complimentary room upgrades. Check out what you can earn and redeem your points on here.

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  • Tania

    No. 1 on my wish list – the Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort and Spa. What would I do there? I’d do it all…or nothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Laura-Jilka/100002349123510 Laura Jilka

    Parmelia Hilton Perth to the west,
    It’ll remove my working stress!
    Never been on that side,
    I’ll have my eyes opened wide!

  • Marc

    I look forward to a stay, and returning invigorised; I’m at the mercy of
    Hilton’s property catalogue, almost overwheliming is its size!
    My choice – the Waldorf Astoria on Park Ave, NYC; a historic urban escape is the dream for me.
    By day exploring 5th Ave’s shopping oasis, by night, the hotels opulent slower paces.
    A jaunt around the world for this stay is much desired, a journey I’d happily embark on no matter the size.

  • Jenny Gregory

    Turtle Beach Hilton in Honolulu is fantastic and I would swim, play golf and partake of some fine dining.

  • Cybella Cybella

    The Hilton South Wharf in Melbourne for me. We have had the pleasure of staying there previously and have always wanted to return we had such a wonderful stay. We especially enjoyed the Club rooms withs all the extras – it was certainly one hotel we would love to to return to.

  • carol

    I’d be honoured to stay at the Hilton Orlando Florida. It really “themes” fantastic with Disneyworld. Seaworld and Universal at the doorstep! After each fun filled day I’d return to the hotel to relax in its very own lazy river , treat myself to a delicious signature ‘screaming cupcake” or two…and finally surrender to a blizzzzzzzzful sleep in my specially designed Hilton Serenity bed. Then wake up next morning and do it all again!!

  • karen mckenzie

    Id love a night at the Hilton opposite the MCG in Melbourne. Only a short walk after watching Hawthorn get thrashed much to my husbands dismay.

  • Emily

    Hop between a few cities is what
    I would choose to do with my points.
    Leave my worries at home and just
    Take in the delights of the adventure.
    Oh how great it would be, which
    New city shall I choose today?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.harkin.14 Keith Harkin

    The Hilton London Docklands Riverside. Not only the luxury of Hilton but location, location, location would be the main criteria in choosing this spot. A great home base to see the attractions of the “Motherland” of which there are many: Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey..the list goes on. And all within a stone’s throw of the opulent Hilton.

  • kerrya

    I want to put my boots under a bed in the Nashville Hilton. After two stepping the honky tonks in traditonal country style I could enjoy all the comforts of a real city slicker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002126782550 Ash Mack

    A Stay in The Waldorf Astoria in New York would be fantastic. I’d stage a Sex in the City naughty date with hubby and “pick” him up in a trendy bar!

  • Velezettes

    This prize is really for my parents who are moving back to Sydney from QLD to spend more time with their grandkids. My plan is for my husband and I to spend a weekend at the HIlton in Sydney and give my parents a whole weekend to bond with their grandkids! he he he. I see everyone winning in this situation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tegan.irving.1 Tegan Irving

    Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel – culture, romance and shopping! What more could a girl as for!

  • http://www.facebook.com/amy.petersen.31 Amy Petersen

    I would love to stay in the Hilton in Sydney! Explore all there is to explore and go for a ferry ride.

  • http://www.facebook.com/glenda.mcdonnell Glenda McDonnell

    My husband describes himself as a” broken down old contruction worker” years of building those towers in the sky have taken there toll , I’d love to give him a taste of what it’s like on other side, for our fortieth anniversary, the one where you sit back in luxury and enjoy the view, instead of the one you see when your balancing on a beam, while your wife gets grey hairs waiting at home….Hilton at the South Wharfe, Melbourne… “de jevu” with all the trimmings and the city skyline, I know still lives in his dreams :)

  • Fiona

    Cocktails at sunset from a Polynesian-style bar
    Unwind by the pool or at a rejuvenating spa.
    Evening drinks and dinner, in a heavenly setting.
    A Tahiti stay would take some forgetting!

    http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/french-polynesia/hilton-bora-bora-nui-resort-and-spa-PPTBNHI/index.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/cherylmckibbin LilMiss Kibby

    Aromatic hibiscus fills the air,

    I’m Miles away – Dreams take me there,

    Rainforests…. palm trees,

    Festive luaus by the sea,

    The HILTON Hawaiian Village is where you’d find me!

  • Jenna

    I’d book my stay in Italy, my luggage consisting only of a knife fork and spoon. So I could happily and easily eat my way over the country!

  • Izabella Del Papa

    To bed to bed cried sleepy head!
    Retail therapy is just what the doctor ordered.
    Views to die for and a hotel with style.
    The Hilton Hawaiian Village is where I would pick!

  • Annie

    It is only appropriate when staying at the Paris Hilton, that I do oodles of shopping and swan about being coiffed, pampered and totally indulged, as befits a wannabe heiress.

  • Melissa

    I would love to go back to Hilton resort and spa San Diego. It had so much history and I felt like I was a movie star from the 60′s. my father passed away whilst we were there so we only did a couple of tourist things. The people there reminded me of Australians they were more relaxed than other parts of the country. I would love to return and make some happy memories there, like going to the zoo, SeaWorld, some great Mexican restaurants!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jayne.neubauer Jayne Neubauer

    We are going to Vietnam in April and would love to live the high life just like Paris and stay at the Hilton in Ho Chin Minh City. Live in the lap of luxury, plenty of space in the rooms for the 3 of us, room service, great restaurants/bar and very helpful staff. My kind of hotel. There is only one hotel to stay in anywhere in the world and that’s the HILTON.

  • Nancee Biviano

    Melbourne – my home city (why go out when you can stay in at the Hilton!)

  • Tania Serovski

    Hilton Sydney in a suite with hubby for a faux celebrity fantasy night – dressed to the nines, fine dining, casino high rollers room, let the confetti fall and the papparazzi cameras flash. Perhaps Paris is free to join us?

  • Carolyn Mazzeo

    Hilton New York City as it’s perfectly situated to do some serious upscale shopping and, if timed right, it’s only a short distance away to watch the infamous Ball Drop on New Years Eve.

  • Sanchias

    I would stay in the Hilton Brisbane with my hubby. Have some time just the two of us to explore our beautiful city without kids. We did this for the first day of our honeymoon just to recover and we saw he city from a whole different perspective, it was magical, romantic lunch, walks along the river. Its one of my fondest memories.

  • Rosemary Slade

    I want to take my man back to Los Angeles for a fun, “zesty” getaway. We spent a week there last year and it was incredible!

    The Beverly Hilton is the most magic place I’ve ever stayed. They treated us like we were VIPs, and we weren’t even HHonours members. By the second day the bar had our drinks orders memorised and the concierge knew how we took our coffee. We even bumped into a few celebs. I had such a great time being treated like a psuedo-star that I want to do it all over again.

    We’d spend a day at Venice Beach, learn to surf, lounge by the pool, take a day trip to Disneyland, visit Trader Vic’s downstairs at the Beverly Hilton for a mai tai (Trader Vic invented the mai tai, so they’re always perfect), head to West Hollywood for a big breakfast, visit my brother-in-law who lives in LA and shop in Santa Monica. American Dream holiday! <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/tara.fry.98 Tara Lee Fry

    I’d book into Hilton Mexico City and have a date with quesadillas and fishbowl margaritas, areeeeeba!

  • http://www.ledelicieux.com/ Jennifer @ Delicieux

    I’d head to France and stay at the Trianon Palace Versailles run by the Hilton. It’s been my dream to travel to France, and I really wanted to go there for our honeymoon, but unfortunately our budget wouldn’t allow. So if I won I’d have a second honeymoon in Paris with my husband and would shop and eat my way through Paris. The amazing designers, the to die for patisseries the history, the beauty, what is there not to love.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacky.burkett Jacky Burkett

    I’d love to re-visit the Adelaide Hilton. Its the first place we ever stayed in Australia & now we’ve emigrated & are Australians. The hotel has such special memories & maybe if the jewellers is still there I’d like to get a ring to match my pink diamond earrings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sharpeysplumbingservices Brett N Aimee Sharpe

    Roses are Red,
    Violets are Blue,
    please can we have a romantic night in sydney,
    without changing a poo……

  • sam

    Hilton
    Greece – We won’t come ‘acropolis’ in this venue while we ab’zorba’ some of
    the local and ancient culture later this year. It would be like a modern home
    to the Gods.

  • nellbe

    Oh that sounds like a wonderful date night with your hubby Nikki! How great for you both. I have my eye on the Homewood Suites By Hilton Anaheim-Maingate Area to stay for a trip to Disneyland!The Homewood Suites sound perfect has they have a full kitchen and separate bedroom – and pools – most important for 2 boys. Oh and the complimentary breakfast and light dinners? Winning. Such a great prize, thanks for the chance.

  • monica

    Parmelia Hilton Perth..checked out the Aussie Hiltons and the only place i hav’nt been yet is Perth! Thats why i picked it..i want to see something new, experience the thrill of sightseeing, wondering, walking, eating, beaching..in a place i have never been before.
    Of course..bringing my hubby along to show me were he worked, when he worked away for a month, where he stayed, what he toured around and explored without me..will be nice, a bonding moment, so i dont feel like i’m missing out!
    Then there is the ‘ritual’… when hotel holidaying…the “what have you done with it?” moments! Missing hotel soaps (i wanted to use that!), where is that shampoo and conditioner (i forgot mine – i’m desperate!), “oh my…you made the bed when we are leaving?” (his answer..i like to leave it tidy!) My thought…”you dont do that at home! Grrr!”
    All of these things put together is what i would do while there…and every one of them has its place in making our stay memorable, funny, exasperating and brilliant!

  • Krystal B

    Over thinking things is what holds me back,
    a pot luck click would smack this slack, sad sack.
    Once there, wherever fate decides,
    I would attempt to change my normal stride.
    A holiday of early mornings, late nights, chocolate binges and shopping sprees,
    it would be like no other break I’d seen.

  • Kathie

    The Hilton Sydney.


    ♫ I could while away the hours, conferrin’ with the flowers and drink lots
    of champagne,

    And the harbour I’d be seeing,
    while in the Opera House I’d be singing, if I get a little fame.

    I would travel to all the sites,
    a romantic dinner when it’s night with Mr What’s -His-Name,

    I’d be feeling really excited,
    with our romance reignited, with no pressure on our brain. ♫ ♫

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tracy-Harris/1005056959 Tracy Harris

    I’d drag the family, kicking and screaming (not!) to the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort where we can enjoy some family time alone. For a change. Without inlaws and in peace. It would also be a fabulous destination to celebrate my husband’s 50th.

  • http://www.facebook.com/morris.fee Morris Red Wombat Fee

    Hard to decide which of the fabulous Hilton’s that I would choose, so many great options! For a special getaway I will select the Cairns Hilton, on the waterfront with great views. We would start with dinner at the inhouse Hanuman restaurant with exotic Asian choices, after a lazy morning we could go to Kuranda or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. A once in a lifetime weekend away

  • Leanne

    Hilton Gardens Las Vegas, close to the strip but blissfully peaceful, being treated as a special guest with privacy and respect. To be somewhere like Vegas that is not ageist, but has something for all ages. That’s the dream I’ve had for nearly as long as my 55 years, to share this special fun place with my wonderful husband before life wearies us and we can no longer travel!

  • http://www.facebook.com/frostysam Sam Forsyth

    My honeymoon in Hawaii was the time of my life
    And I’d love to say thanks to my beautiful wife
    She does so much for us all and deserves a break
    so Id check us into the Waikiki Hilton and hope to get “lei’d”!!
    Aloha!

  • http://www.redlandcityliving.com/ Janet from Redland City Living

    I love the atrium at the Brisbane Hilton. Has it been 26 years already?!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I know, right!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=804598900 Jodie Taylor

    I would book into the British Colonial Hilton Nassau Hotel in the Bahamas, and what would I do there? absolutely nothing but frolick on their private beach because in my dream the kids are being enjoyed the grandparents back home, ahhh back to reality!

  • Karen

    My son and I are going on a cheapie trip to Malaysia in May – just the two of us for some quality time without his big brother and little sister stealing the attention. At this stage budget dictates a small hotel in Chinatown for our stay but I’ve just checked out Double Tree by Hilton KL and I think it would be right up our alley. ;) Please Nikki make one 6 year old and one tired, over-worked Mumma very happy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.vanleuveren Cathy Van Leuveren

    Hilton Surfers Paradise, it looks so decadent and is def on my bucket list,
    To stay, lay and play :) Hubby and I would rekindle, and thats all I can tell you …but we could all use a little decadence..sometimes :)

  • Amy

    Everyone has a birthday or an anniversary they’d love to celebrate with a trip. Me too. However, I would like to win this for my hardworking friend and her husband.

    They’re doing it tough. Many are, I know. I would love to send them to the Hilton Sydney Hotel and I would take care of their airfares and babysit their children and dog so they can have a break in luxury.

    Thanks Nikki x

  • JicyJac

    Oh my goodness Belinda – your entry could be mine. We are also having our 10 year anniversary this year after a proposal in the Fitzroy Gardens and have not as yet managed a night away together. Though for our celebratory get away I would choose the Hilton Melbourne South Warf instead of Hilton on the Park, because my husband would love the views over the water. I would take my husband shopping because his wardrobe is dire, but I’m no good at getting him clothes without him trying them on first, and simply doesn’t shop for himself. Then I would love to check out a bar or two and have dinner in one of Melbourne’s cool lane ways. I would love to say we would then do a bit more bar hopping or hit the dance floor, but quite likely we would be tucked up enjoying the famous Hilton beds not long after 9pm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/falon.downing Falon Downing

    I would love to stay at the Hilton in Sarasota Floriday! What an amazing spot.

  • Tanya

    Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg to see the amazing Great Smoky Mountains and visit Dollywood in nearby Pigeon Forge with the hope of perhaps seeing my idol Dolly Parton.

  • Linda

    I would love to have a night at the Hilton in Brissie. My son was born on our third wedding anniversary so we never really celebrate. He is now 15 and I would love to put aside a weekend just for me and hubby. Looks so gorgeous just booked my daughters 18th high tea at the Hilton -so lush!

  • Natalie Stoute

    2013 is the year I turn forty.
    A weekend with the girls is planned, we may be naughty….
    We’ll stay at the Hilton in Perth.
    It’s the best city on Earth!
    We’ll go shopping, max out the plastic.
    Have drinks in a posh bar, it will be fantastic.
    A fabulous dinner with champers flowing.
    I’ll be ecstatic, positively glowing.
    Back to the room for a few Baileys on ice.
    In our pj’s we’ll laugh and relax after an evening so nice.
    A big buffet breakfast the next day.
    Will recharge us for…well doing not much I can honestly say!
    Maybe a spot of tennis or just lazing by the pool.
    Enjoying each other’s company, playing it cool.
    A lazy afternoon watching in-house movies sounds like the plan.
    Before we head out for the Sunday Session with the clan.
    It will be a weekend of indulgence and pleasure.

    The memories of turning 40 I will always treasure.

  • http://twitter.com/maidinaustralia bronnie marquardt

    The Hilton Surfers Paradise for a night painting the Gitter Strip gold with my cancer-slaying friend. She’s in for another battle with the beast so I’d love to take her away from her troubles and treat her for a night on the town – and the coast – and living it up on the Executive Floor of one of Australia’s most fabulous hotels. So for one night she could feel like the Princess she is …

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.mangelsdorf Karen Mangelsdorf

    Hilton Grand Vacations Las Vegas – is the place for me and my man. With a town that is full of hotels the Hilton stands above the rest with its class and style. It has everything you would expect of a Hilton property and much more. The unexpected bonus is that it is a non gaming resort so I can enjoy the company of my gorgeous husband without the noise and busyness of a casino intruding on us. But if the whim to have a bit of flutter is there the hotel is on the heart of the Las Vegas strip so there are many casino options to choose from. A trip to Vegas is a great time to indulge my shopping obsession and with 170 shops close I can make a very big dent on the credit card. But a stay at the Hilton wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the eforea spa for a couples massage and to lay by the heated pool with a cocktail sounds like my idea so bliss.

  • Penne Ann

    Brisbane for me, it looks divine (you have lured me in hook, line and sinker, Nikki)
    To shop kids free would be a dream, delicious dishes to dine.
    Maybe a massage thrown in, or a cocktail or two.
    It would be sublime just to spend some quality time, with just my hubby and I.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyabells.81 Caro Shanks

    Hilton Anaheim would be our base
    as we set foot on our amazing race
    Disneyland, Universal, Knotts Berry too
    roller coasters til we spew
    all thanks to Styling you

  • Amanda Taylor

    I’d love to once again stay at Hilton Sydney. I love the wonderful Glass Brasserie and we’d make the most of the hotel by staying in for drinks in Marble Bar, dinner at Glass and dessert in the room. We’d go shopping all afternoon and make sure we got a late checkout, just like old times when we’d head to Sydney regularly for weekends. The morning would be wonderful with the great view of the QVB from our breakfast table, with all the papers we want to read.

  • Over 40

    Needs to find Peter Pan and his anti aging secrets quick before cyclone Menopause hits so its the ………..HILTON ANAHEIM HOTEL near DISNEYLAND
    for me, pretty please.

  • Alex

    I’d take anywhere really but if I’m choosing I have to go for Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa. We are planning our honeymoon for the end of this year and a spell there would make for some truly beautiful memories I think. We would sit around and marvel at the lagoon, have a refreshing dip and I’d like to check out Vaitape village too. And I think we’d manage to squeeze in a few champagne sunsets. Fingers crossed. x

  • Rachel K

    My New Years resolution was to wake with excitement and know what I wanted to accomplish every day. To laugh louder, dance longer and live more extraordinarily than the day before! This blog entry certainly fits the description to help me keep my resolution!

    Last year my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer, age 49! This set us both on a spiritual journey we would never have gone on if it wasn’t for the cancer. For these reasons I would chose somewhere close to home like the HILTON MELBOURNE, SOUTH WHARF HOTEL. The hotel is set in Melbourne’s newest business and dining precinct, the Docklands and Southbank, which despite us both living in Melbourne all our lives, neither my husband or I have experienced!

    I’d choose a stunning Executive Room for additional comfort with a panoramic views of the bay and exclusive access to the Executive Lounge! The outdoor terrace, which apparently seems to ‘float’ over the Yarra River, would be a great place to sip on a glass of wine and contemplate the future, while reflecting on the past year together.

    A little sightseeing and shopping. A relaxing massage for two, and a fine dining experience in the sophisticated Nuevo 37, before indulging in an expertly mixed cocktail in the river facing lounge, Sotano Wine and Tapas would round out our weekend.

    I love the duality of being a woman. I think yet feel, I’m strong yet vulnerable, I’m ruthless yet compassionate, and I can multitask. However, all this comes at a price and lately I have really been feeling it. My husband and I have gone through every emotion over the past year so a little pampering would be refreshing, relaxing and rejuvenating!

    The truth, love, beauty and commitment my husband and I have for our marriage is what makes me sparkle, for without this we are nothing, but it’s always nice to be able to indulge in a few of lifes luxuries to help it along!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzanne.brown.5688 Suzanne Brown

    If I was to get away from my non sleeping 5 year old I would travel to the most exotic location and how more exotic could you get than the Marsa Alam Nubian Resort. I would love the chance to place my location as Egypt, by The Red Sea. I can visualise myself now just like a scene out of Sex in the City dressed like a desert flower and my Handsome rugged hubby walking towards me with an Arabian cocktail. I would love to snorkel in Dabab Bay and by night try Shisa which looks very royal. By day I would shop my little heart out and by night I would sit on our private balcony over looking the Red Sea. Can you picture it I can!

  • Melissa o

    Hilton Hong Kong, the shopping the excitement and getting to squeeze my best friends little boy and have a romantic getaway with the hubby

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.crocker.7 Stephen Crocker

    Hilton Times Square – NYC, not only will the level of service will to that famous hilton standard it will be X-Square.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thirdontheright Le Thirdontheright

    Like you I would stay at the Hilton Brisbane. Fly down with the billy lids, drop to nana. Check in early and do some Wintergarden browsing. The back for a swim and lunch. Then my darling and I would curl up for a movie nite in with room service galore !!!! Sunday would see us have a late breakfast with mates and then off for a pedi and mani. That would be my 46th birthday – Australia Day – sorted!! Thanks :) Email shows with FB not sure. So leplusthree AT live.com.au

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.mundy.904 Susan Mundy

    Brisbane for me…kinda close to home (Toowoomba) but the ‘big smoke’ where the old boy and I can reconnect and enjoy our own company once again. ;)

  • Belinda

    A special day and a night would be sheer delight for our 10th Wedding anniversary in Melbourne. Eleven years ago he propose in a beautiful place the Fitzroy Gardens. Fast forward a year and we were wed, fast forward some more to now and children fill our home. We haven’t a night of, and eleven years ago was our last hotel experience. If won, we would go, and travel a little down memory lane, take those paths down those tracks at Fitzroy gardens and indulge a little in ‘us time’. We would encourage the grandparents to look after the kids, so we could just be together without distraction. Eat together, sleep together, talk together and share the experience together. A night away from sibling squables, and all those parenthood quirks.

  • Bel

    I’d love to go back to the Hilton in Times Square New York. I am a Broadway nut, and it is the PERFECT location for seeing a show each and every day of your stay!

  • Noelene

    Oh what a dream
    A date night by the Hilton team
    Now I have my grove by styling you
    Please a night with bubbly too

    The tips have been great
    It’s never too late
    To find the best in me
    So I had a shopping spree

    I bought online
    For the very first time
    Now ready to explore
    Whichever Hilton I will love forever more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.markwell.3 Sharon Markwell

    The Hilton in Singapore would be first stop for me. I would be pampered beyond my imagination and would Shop Til I Dropped, and would leave my husband at home!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.jene.7 Lisa Jene

    Sydney. And staying at the Hilton! Yes, I think I’d need to go shopping. The QVB first, since it’s so close. Then it’s back to the Hilton’s Glass Bar for some refreshing sav blanc and oysters. A show at the Opera House, some more refreshments at Marble Bar and… Or I could flake out in glorious luxury on a Hilton bed and treat myself to the mother-of-all Hilton bubble baths/

  • David

    “I fancy a weekend enjoying the lovely Paris Hilton – how about it?” My Wife slapped me! “Okay, okay, we’ll go to another Hilton then!”

  • Glenda Booth

    The Cairns Hilton would be my choice as it would be a great base for my son to show his American girlfriend the beautiful Barrier Reef and the Tropical North Queensland attractions when she visits in April.My son has been very unwell for a long time and this would be a fabulous break for him and a great chance to know his girlfriend better..

  • http://www.facebook.com/Fraimich Michelle Snyman

    I would book in the Fiji Beach and spa resort Hilton on Denarau Island to indulge in spa pampering followed by dinner at Noku then a dip in the exquisite infinity pool while my bed is indulging a pull down service. sigh!

  • Lisa p

    Melbourne Hilton. I’ve got a new man that treats me like a princess and if like to treat him like a prince for a night xx

  • Lisa Berriman

    We stayed at the Hilton in the Maldives for our Honeymoon. It is part of the reason we still don’t own a house :) but it was certainly worth it. I am not sure whether it will be our 20th, or 60th anniversary but even if I have to use a walking frame to get around the resort I am going back there. I plan to sit by the pool and relax (maybe some scuba diving if they let 85 years old do it).

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmine.harris.98284 Jasmine Harris

    My partner & I have been working hard & would seriously love a relaxing mini-break at the luxurious Adelaide Hilton. Enjoying fine cuisine created with fresh local produce & complimented by superb South Australian wines would be wonderful.

  • Kath A

    Longing for the Hilton/Conrad in Bali, the tranquillity of the spa, beautiful swimming pool, water sports, memories of an enchanting culture, ancient temples, spectacular sunsets and a
    vibrant nightlife!

  • KathyA

    40 years married in August! ( I can’t believe it either) We are heading off to Europe for the first time & staying in London for a few days. I’m sure the Hilton near Buckingham Palace would be handy just in case Liz would like to ask us over.

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.buxton.146 Julie Buxton

    33rd wedding anniversary coming up Australia Day …mmmm would love to celebrate in style and luxury with hubby on the Gold Coast lol … by the way you always look so lovely whatever you are doing or wherever you are lol xx

  • http://www.facebook.com/emma.puszkar.5 Emma Puszkar

    I’ll play Julia and sit by the bar,
    Hubby can be Richard Gere in a flash (rental) car,
    The Waldorf Astoria (NY) oozes with class,
    Pretend we can afford it, and order foie gras!

  • Lesleigh

    My pick would be to stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro . The history and romance by staying in this hotel would be an extraordinary experience. Timed of course to catch the Edinburgh Tattoo.

  • Kirsten

    Hilton Brisbane! I’m graduating from a very intense degree at the end of this year – and would love to celebrate by finishing my last exam and heading for a night of relaxation with my hubby. We also will be celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary at the same time!

  • Mary

    The Hilton Surfers Paradise ,looks like the place too be , celebrating our 19 th anniversary this year would be glee.
    Have 3 kids 20,12 and 2 and we are celebrating our 40ths too.
    What a year full of fun, staying at the Hilton would reward everyone.
    Theme park visits and exploring the shops ,this is a trip we wont want too stop .

  • Otti

    Chilling out and round the clock pampering at the Adelaide Hilton – sheer bliss !

  • Paula

    You look amazing. Love a Seidler building. Am on Rottnest Island right now – almost perfect but please Hilton, buy a plot and open a hotel :))

  • karina w

    Hilton New York. Our whole family will be trekking over there for my sisters wedding and I need my own space. I’m 35 and I don’t want to be told I have to go to sleep by 12am by my dad!

  • Jodie Harlow

    Brisbane so the kids and I can enjoy indulgence inside the walls of the Hilton, and then explore the city that is ours in detail without having to travel hours home afterwards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/claire.ohannessian Claire Ohannessian

    At Hilton Bora Bora my dreams would come true,
    Experiencing paradise with waters so blue!
    My day would be filled with smiles and no shoes,
    To Hilton Honours I would say thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/anyavolkov Anya Volkov

    That black dress looks AMAZING on you, especially with the green clutch & necklace! x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks so much Anya x

  • Rachael

    I’d have to choose Paris Hiltons Hilton! Her pad would be exquisite! I’m sure she wouldn’t mind me reading her diary and racking through her clothes :) Followed by a girls night in with Grease and Jamie Oliver cooking all our Chocolate desires! :)

  • Kelly

    If I could pick any Hilton, I would follow in Nikki’s footsteps and choose Hilton Brisbane, I’m a ‘Queensland girl’ after all. It’s been years since I ventured in to the City and this would be a great opportunity to reacquaint myself with all the great stores and eateries. Have myself a good time!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000219563083 Kirsty Ross-Bell

    I would love the brisbane Hilton as not too far from the kids but we could try to out some of the great new restaurants we haven’t had time to try since we moved back home from Melbourne. Also would help me recover from my surgery had yesterday and put some spice back into our marriage after 13 years.

  • Mary Preston

    The Conrad/Hilton Hong Kong beckons.

    I doubt I could tear myself away from the shopping that Hong Kong has to offer. I’ll be sampling the food between shops merely to sustain my energy for the long haul.

    If we arrive for Chinese New Year we will have the best seat in the house for the fireworks that the good people of China actually invented.

    A night time harbour cruise & a visit to the races would top off this once in a lifetime visit.

    We would go home with great memories – and pearls – among my other purchases.

  • Marilyn

    London Hilton. Just take me there…

  • http://vicky-lifeonthehill.blogspot.com.au/ Vicky Finch

    I knew I took a photo of that butterfly for a reason. It’s was a sign!! That I needed to stay there with my man for a date night ourselves. On my bucket list this year is every six weeks have a date night with my boy. What better then the opportunity to explore my own ‘new’ backyard and stay at the Hilton Brisbane? What would do? Liking the sound of your script Nikki. ;) and maybe a visit to the art gallery… :)

  • Kirsten W

    I’d book into the Hilton Hawaiian. The hotel that was first place my husband and I got ‘lei’d’!

    We eloped to the Hilton almost ten years. Got married with no family, no friends there – just us. It was lovely. I’d love to go back to Hawaii and ‘our’ hotel for our 10th anniversary so we can renew our vows. This time we’d take our kids and parents to make some family memories to add to ‘our’ memories.

  • tara mavin

    Oh WOW!! Now I don’t want to be picky so I’d stay in any fabulous Hilton that would have me. Huge bed, brekkie cooked for me,delicious dinner…You would have to pinch me and remind me what my name was.Sounds so fab, would love to have a sleepover with my new bestie Hilt.(that’s what I’m calling the hotel,so it thinks we’re on a first name basis..Ha ha..xx
    themavins@optusnet.com.au

  • julie

    I would go Melbourne and take my 3 closest girlfriends – IF I could convince them to leave the kids and IF the hubbies would be happy to babysit!

  • Rebecca

    The Hilton Melbourne would be my choice – it is my home town, but how cool would it be to spend the weekend discovering new places, visiting old favourites or staying in & taking in the spa & restaurants … perhaps even a robe, a book & some bubbly? Possibilities are as endless as they are enticing!!

  • http://www.theannoyedthyroid.com/ sammie@theannoyedthyroid.com

    Hilton, Bora Bora. It’s my dream getaway! I got Cancer twice in 2011 and spent most of 2012 recovering! Now that things are back to “normal” it would be great to get away somewhere blue and beautiful and chillax. I’m thinking romantic walks along the beach, a spot of snorkelling, shopping for pearls and maybe even a sunset cruise! There’s plenty to keep me out of mischief and off the radar for a while! Beachy, but peachy!

  • Belinda

    I would probably stay close to home and say Hilton Sydney. My husband has his 40th birthday coming up this year, so I might take him as a super surprise. But since we are coming to the end of school holidays, my current thinking is a night all on my own. Just 24 hours away from the little ones would bring me so much pleasure :) I would sleep in a bed not made by me, and eat yummy food not made by me.

  • Dianne

    My hubby’s job takes him all over Australia and a hotel stay reminds him of work. So I would book us into a Deluxe Harbour View room at the Auckland Hilton so he couldn’t mistake it for work. We would see the sights, maybe take in a Waiheke Island wine tasting tour, then head back to the hotel for a fabulous seafood dinner. Of course one night would never be enough… we’d be checked in for 3 or 4…

  • Viktoria

    I would have to say The Waldorf Astoria in New York. Stayed there for 5 days last year and it was fabulous and we would love to go again. 5 minute walk to the major shopping of Park, Fifth and Madison Avenues, museums and galleries all close by. Definitely hanging out in the Bull and Bear Bar and Restaurant, great atmosphere, food and history. Would definitely be a good de-stress for the husband.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iscriptikus East Iscriptikus

    I would take my sister to the Park in Melbourne to rest and relax during her difficult pregnancy, away from hubbie and 3 yr old cheeky monkey for a weekend

  • ACasa

    Well.. without trying to be a copy cat, we’d stay at the Hilton in Brisbane City just like you did! 1st bonus for us – Babysitting / Nana is close by for the kid drop off. 2nd bonus – Max Brenner at South Bank. WOOOO!! 3rd bonus – not cooking OR cleaning up anything for 1 whole day… AND 1 whole night.. GET OUT!! I might even use the loo BY MYSELF!!! Cheers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/izzy.brown.9 Izzy Brown

    Many years ago, emigrating to Australia, we stopped off and spent a wonderful time in Hong Kong, staying at The Hilton. That Hilton has since been demolished for economic reasons, but I’d love to go back to the new Hilton and relive that earlier, exciting time spent in Hong Kong!

  • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.dettman Courtney Dettman

    I’ve researched this alot, so I would say The Hilton
    Hawaiian Village, Honolulu – im going there in MAY!!!! I have been drooling over the Mandara Spa at the resort and have already eyed off every pamper treatment I could possilby fit in on this holiday! Watch out.

  • http://www.allthingsfabulousblog.com/ Courtney

    Looks like a beautiful weekend Nikki! It is so important to plan holidays or mini getaways and have things to look forward to and work towards in this busy life we lead!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      It’s so, so important!

  • Joni

    I would LOVE to stay at the Sydney Hilton with my husband to celebrate our upcoming 20 year anniversary and finally spend time alone but together! We have 4 children aged 3 years to 16 years and have no family help at all – so we have not been able to get away without the children in 16 years! I would choose Sydney so we are not too far away from the children but still apart from them and I would eat slowly and without interruptions enjoy an uninterrupted night’s sleep and a sleep in and even perhaps a spa!! Talking to my husband without competing with 4 children would be the best moment ever.

  • meedee

    Hollywood, CA, USA. Amazing shopping, star spotting, great places to dine and most important of all its the perfect location to base myself for my favorite hobby..George Clooney Stalking. I figure that once this man meets me and sees how amazing I am that he will fall head over heels in love with me and take me away from all this. This is my life and I will dream it my way :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ros.mayes Ros Mayes

    How awesome would a stay at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London be??? In fact, I could very happily stay at EVERY Hilton hotel in Britain while exploring my favourite country!!

  • Kim m

    I live on the sunshine coast, I would love to go into Brisbane and stay at the Hilton there. I would explore the place like I havent done befire, the Botanic Gardens, the beautiful buidings and of course the shops. I have never stayed in the middle of any city before, it would be a pretty cool weekend away!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.ashbrooke Jessica Ashbrooke

    the hilton in sydney i am due for a shopping trip their soon so this would make the experinece even better i would feel posh id make the most of everything they had to offer but first would be a spa

  • Jo Macdermott

    Hilton Fiji Resort – http://www.fijibeachresortbyhilton.com

    Fiji is a great family holiday spot and this hilton reminds me of the places that hubby and i stayed (before miss 3.5 came along) yet has great family facilities – I think the two bedroom suites is in order for that trip!

    Heaven :)

  • beautyholicsanonymous

    I’d say the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf. Even though I live in Melbourne, it would be a great way to still get away and stay somewhere luxurious with my husband but still close to home. What are we going to do there? Ahem. Stay in, turn the lights down low, switch the jazz channel on and go at it like rabbits :P We’ve been trying to conceive for over a year and there’s still no luck. I’ve been told that it’s easier to make babies if you’re not at home. This could do ;)

  • Joanna Harrison

    Exploring boutique shops and breathtaking sights of boats at docks, sampling food, enjoying relaxation- Hotel Sydney would the best overnight vacation!

  • Johanna at Zigazag

    Seems like you had a great night away, and I’ll definitely be putting The Hilton on my list for somewhere to stay when next over East in Brisbane :) Loved your new frocks too.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Had a great time, Jo … need to do more often!

  • Stacey

    My choice would be Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa. We holidayed there last year for two weeks. If you haven’t been, make it your mission in life to get there. It’s truly an experience you won’t forget.

    And what would I do? I’d do nothing more than lie on the white sand under the coconut palms looking out at the blue Indian ocean.

    Love the second LE dress on your Nikki, suits you perfectly x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks Stacey, I love the dress!

  • Nikki M

    My two gorgeous girls and I think the new(ish) Hilton Surfers Paradise would be the ideal choice. A swim in the surf, a cocktail or 3 admiring the awesome view of the beautiful Gold Coast, a little retail therapy at Harbour Town and we would be in heaven.

  • Tammy

    Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii.
    We spent our honeymoon in Hawaii 19 years ago and a return trip is long overdue! Sad but true we have never gone away on holidays without our kids (14 + 12 yr old boys no less). That said we would still have to take them with us on this one because the number one reason for this choice is the awesome dolphin encounters! Overindulging in shopping, drinking and eating would naturally follow – in that order.
    Hmmm…Maybe the next time can be date night?

  • Corrie Sebire

    what a gorgeous post! you two are such a cute couple…….and lucky you! we are taking all 7 of us to the Hilton………..I think I know what retro daddy would prefer ;) But I’ve got my retail therapy list all sorted while the kids do the pool or hang out with daddy:)

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Loved your post, Corrie … especially seeing all the kidlets in the bed!

  • Alli @ ducks on the dam

    Oomph country mouse needs a night at the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf with husband. Our 10th wedding anniversary LAST year went unnoticed so for number 11 next week we need to have some us time. Melbourne is still my first love – even though we are happy and content in the country.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I would like to stay in the Sydney Hilton for our 28th wedding anniversary in April,it would be special because we stayed at the Hilton on our wedding night,I would shop in the QVB and eat at a seafood resaturant,and I can’t tell you what else I may get up to,because maybe some zesty action would happen…..Maybe!

  • Heather

    A Hilton Hotel on the Las Vegas strip
    Would be my dream stay on a holiday trip
    The Hilton points would be such a saver
    I could glam it up, gamble and be a night time raver.

  • Christina

    Hilton Melbourne South Wharf.
    Balloons aloft over cityscape; cafes awash with aromas great; City
    Circle Tram; museums and cathedrals; shopping in an arcade: smiles with
    new Melbourne friends made.