The Daily Telegraph: 5 places to escape for an urban retreat

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Convention dictates that frazzled urbanites in need of a recharge should flee the bright lights of the city to unwind.

But you don’t always need to head to the countryside to find tranquillity, with quiet corners in the heart of Australia’s most bustling cities providing lavish suites in which to escape; soothing day spas in which to be pampered; and hotel restaurants in which to retreat.

Who needs a rural getaway when you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at The Langham’s Palm Court?

It’s escapism from the CBD – only minus the out-of-town commute.

1. THE OLD CLARE HOTEL is an oasis amid the bustle of central Sydney’s Broadway. An old pub that’s been skilfully renovated, its rooftop pool is a blissful mid-city hideaway; 

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