How about a lavish escape right within the city limits at the Royce Hotel? Located smack on St Kilda Road, it’s an ideal spot for a weekend of letting go. The calming beauty of Albert Park Lake is an easy 15-minute stroll away, and you can get some serious retail therapy at the boutiques on Toorak Road.
Your room’s palette of muted earthy and maroon tones will provide an elegant backdrop for your weekend of luxury accommodation in Melbourne. Spread out in a two-storey loft apartment, or treat yourself to a stay in the Royce Suite and snooze like royalty in a king-size four-poster bed.
If romance is on the cards, opt for a Spa Suite for long soaks in the tub with your special someone and a bottle of champagne. Chill out with a low-key evening of Netflix in bed – cast from your own device onto the 55-inch TV – or a new release from the hotel’s list of complimentary films while room service brings a barbecue Angus burger straight to your door.
Head to on-site Dish Restaurant in the morning and take your pick of healthy Birchers and homemade sourdoughs or feast on something fried with a side of illy coffee. With your hunger satisfied, you can venture to the Royal Botanical Gardens (15 minutes’ walk) for a peaceful morning exploring the historic Guilfoyle’s Volcano or lazing in the shade next to the ornamental lake.
When you’ve had your fix of urban nature, head back to the hotel for an indulgent in-room massage. Then for dinner, rub shoulders with VIPs at the on-site Amberoom bar. Order a mojito from the mixologist while you peruse the menu – you might fancy classic duck confit, or a shared tasting platter of olives, baba ghanoush, pickles, sliced meats and cheeses.