Melbourne City - short breaks
Spoil yourselves in Melbourne with cutting edge designer shopping and a menu of world cuisine, cafes, bars, clubs and entertainment that will take your breath away.
At Park Hyatt Melbourne, the ultimate indulgence for two includes the following gorgeous things: one night in the Ambassador Suite with limo transfers within 25km; a dozen white roses; a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne and lobster cocktail in your suite; a La Prairie Caviar facial for two; a milk bath with Aroma candles; Molton Brown amenities; a degustation menu dinner for two; a carriage ride around Fitzroy Square; seasonal berries and dessert wine served in your room; room service breakfast; 2pm checkout. Cost from $3,750 for two. Tel: 131234.
Rekindle the passion
Melbourne is the perfect place for lovers with the sophisticated chic of its lush interiors, and its boutique-lined laneways, sidewalk cafes and dining options such as a candle-lit table overlooking the Yarra River with city skyline views. The city has distinct precincts, each with its own character and the famous Melbourne tram system is a great way to travel between them for shopping, sightseeing and tuning into this vibrant city.
From simple to fine dining, Melbourne's eateries are famous not only for great food but also for their atmosphere and service. A mix of many cultures, Melbourne has an extensive menu of world cuisines served in its cafes and bars and smart and casual restaurants. Discover the specialities of individual areas such as Richmond for Vietnamese dishes, Carlton for classic Italian and Fitzroy for Spanish tapas or seaside St Kilda for a stylish mix of many choices.
Overlooking the Yarra and Southgate, Federation Square restaurants and cafes include Feddish with a casual dining style, specialising in grills. Lime Leaves in the QV Piazza is owned by the team from Melbourne hawker-style restaurants Chinta Blues and Blue Chillies and is all about contemporary dining in a casual, communal environment with fast, fresh Asian food.
Indulging Indulgence package from $149 and Who Needs A Reason from $189 are two packages available at Hotel William on Bell Street, tel: 03 9485 0100 while a Romance on The Yarra package available at Clarion Suites Gateway includes one night in a Riverview Suite for two, a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates, a two course dinner for two, complimentary car parking and the luxury of late checkout next day to 2pm. From $245 a couple, tel: 03 9296 8888.
Live a little
Melbourne has trendy clubs and plenty of live music venues, theatres, cinemas and arts spaces. Head to the Yarra River and Southbank precinct for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and The Victorian Arts Centre for theatre, opera, contemporary and classical music, ballet and visual arts. Nearby Federation Square fuses art with architecture, exhibitions and events.
Shop 'til you drop!
This city is famous for its dynamic and cutting-edge design and the laneways and precincts are crammed with galleries, craft and design outlets, and fashion boutiques.