Nautilus Beach Club: Maldives Moments

The Westin Brisbane has turned its swim-up pool bar into a five-month-long Maldives-themed beach club — and it's serving floating breakfasts.
Sarah Ward
December 04, 2023

Overview

Grab your togs, plus your mates or date, then get ready to indulge your love for swims, sips and breakfast: The Westin Brisbane has relaunched what's fast becoming an annual River City summer highlight. The Mary Street hotel doesn't just feature 298 rooms and suites with views, onsite eateries and bars, and a spa — it's also home to a swim-up spot for drinks, aka Nautilus Pool Bar, which opens its doors to the public when the weather is warm.

From now until Sunday, April 28, you don't need to be a guest at the Marriott-owned international brand's first Queensland location to go for a splash while enjoying a cocktail in the water. As it did across 2022–23's hot temperatures, The Westin Brisbane is turning Nautilus Pool Bar into a beach club. This year's inspiration: The Maldives.

Again dubbed Nautilus Beach Club, this seasonal stint includes live DJs spinning tunes on the deck, poolside cabana service and, for the first time, floating breakfasts. Yes, your food will be served to you literally in the pool, with the $280-per-person spread spanning fruit, pastries, juice, Mumm champagne, your choice of tea or coffee, and a number of hot breakfast dishes. If that sounds like your way to spend a morning, it's on offer from 10am–11.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Nautilus Beach Club: Maldives Moments runs from Friday–Sunday until the end of March, then Saturday–Sunday in April, with its regular menu offering slow-braised octopus in a tomato chilli ragout; yellowfin tuna ceviche in a curry powder rub with red onion, chilli, coriander and tomato; and seafood platters that feature Moreton Bay bugs, tiger prawns, kingfish ceviche and green lip mussels. Drinks-wise, special cocktails include a Maldivian take on the piña colada and spritzes

Attendees have a couple of other options for Mediterranean-influenced lounging by the pool, with a $49 ticket covering access, a towel to use while you're there and your first spritz. If you and a date or mate are feeling like treating yo'selves, there's also a cabana experience for $269 for two, which gives you your own cabana to hang out in, a seafood platter and a bottle of rosé.

And the pool itself? It's heated to 28 degrees, perfect for comfortable swims during Brisbane's sultry summer.

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