If you have yet to sample the full experience of Canberra’s five-star Realm Precinct, why not plan a staycation for your next weekend? With a range of services, venues and pampering available, Realm beckons locals to take on the role of visitor. Not sure where to start? Let us be your guide as we take you on a journey through your first 12 hours in the precinct.

9am – Start your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and breakfast at Maple + Clove. Overlooking the manicured grounds of Realm park, the café lists a range of breakfast dishes to kick off the day the right way. Our recommendation is the Fresh Start with a generous side of slow-cooked eggs, complete with smoked salmon, avocado, tomatoes, ricotta, crusty bread and a squeeze of lemon.

11am – After an ample breakfast, head on over the new Hale Gym + Spa to exercise and pamper your weary body back from a busy working week. This state-of-the-art gym and day spa, opened this year and has welcomed a flurry of locals and visitors. Complete with the latest Technogym equipment and casual yoga, pilates, spin and boxing classes, this is Canberra’s latest wellness destination, offering a sanctuary for the body and mind.

1.30pm – After all that pampering it’s time to check in for the night! Hotel Realm is a five-star hotel located within walking distance to national icons including Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Library of Australia. Its 163 rooms and suites are complete with luxurious beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, free on-demand movies and Nespresso coffee machines – perfect for a luxurious stay-cation.

3pm – Once you’ve dropped off your luggage, jumped on the bed and ran in circles around your massive suite, you’re sure to be getting a little peckish! Downstairs you’ll find a casual gem perfect for a bite to eat and a drink, I am of course talking about Ostani Lounge Bar & Restaurant. With a great selection of tacos, salads and delicious burgers – not to mention espresso martinis on tap, it will be hard to drag yourself away from this one.

5pm – But, don’t drink too much yet, you need to stay classy for a delicious dinner to come! Before all that, it’s time to get yourself dolled up with a blow wave at resident hairdresser Kundalini Hair. Once your hair is beautifully bouncy pop next door and pick yourself up a new outfit from one of the handy retailers – why not? You’re on staycation after all!

7.30pm – As soon as you’re dressed to the nine, your reservation awaits at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar. While there are a number of delicious options available on the menu at this award-winning French restaurant, an absolute must-try is the Whole Cowra Lamb Shoulder Périgourdine. Dig into the beast as you sip on a delicious glass of red from the extensive wine list that last year was awarded two goblets by Gourmet Traveler.

Barton’s five-star Realm Precinct is a must for your next local staycation to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday Canberra life. So what are you waiting for? Book in and try it for yourself!


Singled Out round one dates are well underway and going swimmingly. With the first four matches heading on their dinner for two last night, and the remaining five tonight, it’s exciting to watch how well your matches are getting along… But enough about them, let’s talk about you!

After sifting through our 18 singles and voting for the best matches, you deserve a bit of tender love and care. OutInCanberra has teamed up with Hotel Realm to ensure that each vote secures you a place in the draw to WIN the ultimate Buvette Bliss accommodation package for you and someone special.

Included in the package:

Overnight accommodation for two in a Realm room with complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, on-demand movies and late check out

Mini Moet & Chandon on arrival

A two-course dinner for two at the award-winning Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, with a glass of wine.

Access to the brand new, state-of-the-art Hale Gym.

All this could be yours by voting for your three favourite Singled Out matches. Click here to vote now and secure your name in the draw to WIN!