Melbourne consistently tops international liveability rankings and is often considered the cooler, edgier and artier sibling to shiny, scenic Sydney. It’s at the forefront of fashion and state-of-the-art design, from exceptional restaurants and cafes influenced by the richly multicultural heritage of the city to elegant, contemporary accommodation (see the Langham).
No-nonsense, minimal chic is on display in its fitness centres, with warehouses utilised for spin classes (see Art of Cycling) and bouldering (Northside Boulders). Thanks to trams, trains, and lots of cycling lanes, it’s easy to get around and with the magnificent Yarra River and an abundance of beautiful gardens at its centre, it’s ideal for outdoor exercise.
Towering above Melbourne is Crown Metropol, a luxe hotel with sweeping views to the Dandenongs on a clear day. Book the Isika Overnight Retreat, a plush suite with direct access to the Isika day spa via a private staircase. Twenty-seven floors up, the day spa boasts an enticing menu of massages and treatments to get you feeling right, as well as a steam room, plunge pool, relaxation deck and gym. Enjoy the view from the infinity pool at twilight, and then head downstairs to an array of fine dining options on the banks of the Yarra River.
Located next to the Yarra River in Southbank, the Langham is an elegant, intimate and excellently resourced option for well-heeled travellers. The rooms and respectful staff hark back to a more genteel time where understated simplicity was underwritten by quality decor and fittings, rich fabrics and handcrafted wood furniture. It’s also a destination with one foot in the here and now. The well equipped gym, overlooking the city skyline, features state-of-the art resistance gear. The bright, light-filled atrium pool, oriental-influenced Chuan Spa, Yoga classes and Melba restaurant complete the picture.