If you’re looking to spice up your love life, spoil that special someone, or get yourself out of the dog house, there’s no better way to keep your lady happy than by treating her to a romantic weekend in the Australian culture capital.
Melbourne is a wonderful place to experience a few lust-fuelled days, with the quirky city home to some of the country’s best restaurants, bars and unique events perfect for couples.
To guide you in the right direction and make sure you choose the sexiest digs for you and your significant other, here are our picks for the most romantic hotels in Melbourne for 2019.
The Blackman, St. Kilda
The Blackman, named after artist Charles Blackman, features original works spotlighted throughout this charming hotel. Located in the heart of St. Kilda and just a stone’s throw from Melbourne’s CBD and Albert Park, there are a number of accommodation options available, but it’s hard to go past the Garden Penthouse. Influenced by Blackman’s famous Alice In Wonderland series, this open-plan room has a personal art library, in-house art tour, rooftop balcony with a spa and access to an eco-friendly Smart Car for those wanting to explore more of what Melbourne has to offer.
The Como Melbourne MGallery, South Yarra
If your lady is a fan of celebrities than you might want to book a few nights at one of Sofitel’s most luxurious Aussie hotels. Located in Melbourne’s leafy South Yarra, rumour has it that The Como is frequented by Hollywood stars and glamorous models, and it’s not hard to see why. Each room is minimal in design without lacking any of the creature comforts of home. If you really want to impress, the loft penthouses feature split levels with a large spa bath and sauna. There’s also 24-hour in-room dining, so if things are heating up you’ll never have to leave you room.
The Langham, Southbank
Nestled amongst some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and bars on the frequented Southbank promenade, The Langham is a 5-star hotel like the best of them. Rooms feature classic European interiors and offer incredible views of the city. Entertain your lady with a spa treatment while you have a few cheeky froths in the Aria Bar & Lounge. Indulge in dinner at Melba, one of the city’s best eateries, then we’ll leave the after-hours agenda to your imagination.
QT, Central Business District
The award-winning QT Hotel has fast become a favourite amongst local travellers seeking quirky luxury, so there’s no reason why you and the missus can’t enjoy its benefits after a night on the town. This inner-city playground has rooms with polished floorboards, gel-topped beds and chic ensuites, along with a number of top-of-the-line restaurants (we recommend Pascale Bar & Grill), not to mention the vibrant rooftop bar.
The Mitchelton Hotel, Goulburn Valley
The recently opened Mitchelton Hotel in Goulburn Valley is a spectacular property designed by international firm Hecker Guthrie on a sprawling vineyard estate. Rooms have earthy colours and modern amenities, but it’s the extra experiences that make The Mitchelton a necessary romantic detour just outside of Melbourne.
The Muse restaurant serves ethically farmed produce from the Nagambie Lakes region with a menu curated by chef Dan Hawkins. Post lunch, pop into the Cellar Door for a guided tasting through the extensive Mitchelton wine portfolio; extra romance points for the open wood fire here.
Jackalope Hotel, Mornington Peninsula
For another decadent weekend escape with all the trimmings, check out Jackalope Hotel – a minimal, award-winning Bond villain-esque lair on the Mornington Peninsula. Each room of the exclusive property lets an abundance of country light flood in through the floor-to-ceiling windows, where guests can enjoy a seductive monochrome interior, deep-soak stone Japanese bathtubs and double rain showers. Make the weekend extra special by splashing out on the “All The Guilty Pleasures” package that includes a two-night stay, caviar and martinis on arrival and two distinct dining experiences at Jackalope’s restaurants ‘Doot Doot Doot’ and ‘Rare Hare’.
Read our review of Jackalope here.
United Places Botanic Gardens, South Yarra
With just 12 suites, United Places Botanic Gardens is a boutique hotel collaboration like no other in Australia. The design-focused luxury accommodation in Melbourne’s south has moulded the best of the world’s creative minds into a compelling package that offers striking architecture, remarkable interiors and contemporary furnishings. Each abode is elegantly designed and comes with a private terrace, fully-equipped kitchen and minibar stocked with fresh produce and complementary Sullivans Cove single malt whisky. Guests can enlist the service of a butler, experience a curated bed-in-breakfast, dine at chef Scott Pickett’s Matilda wood-fired restaurant and enjoy the lush scenery of the adjacent Botanic Gardens.
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