World famous luxury hotel The Langham London is turning 156 years old this month. And while that’s all well and good for The Langham London and it’s inevitably larger-than-life celebrations, it means shit all for most Aussies. At least it did, until both The Langham Sydney and The Langham Melbourne decided to team up and commemorate the occasion with the most insane sub-$50,000 accommodation package imaginable. Named the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ package, both ritzy properties have gone deliberately over-the-top to showcase both Australian hotels as well as the city’s best experiences, tied together with the reliably unifying theme of excessive indulgence.
The Langham Tale of Two Cities package obviously comes with a bit of a caveat, at least currently. Melbourne is currently in the midst of a lockdown spurred by ongoing spread of COVID-19. And while booking for the luxury package must take place between June 10 and June 20, it’s valid to stays through to December 23, 2021.
Another catch is that full pre-payment for the package, which is priced at exactly $47,118, is required upon booking. So those forking out and obviously going to be banking on the fact that travel will be fluid between Sydney and Melbourne across the dates of their stay.
Now as for what the package includes. It’s a lot. Going beyond the two Langham properties to open up guests to everything from the harbour views, bridges, and beaches of Sydney, through to the bays, rivers, and laneways of Melbourne.
Sub-$50k will get you the following
- 3 nights’ accommodation in the Chairman’s Suite at The Langham Melbourne
- A private jet flight from one city to the next (either way)
- Three nights’ accommodation in The Observatory Suite at The Langham Sydney
- Various inclusions and experiences in both cities
That last one. The “various inclusions,” will be designed to show off the best of both cities. In Melbourne, that’ll kick off with private transport from Docklands to the hotel in a private boat, with you cruising the Yarra Champagne in hand. Across the 3 nights stay at the Melbourne hotel, guests will be pampered with everything from fresh flowers and fruit, two pairs of personalised designed pyjamas, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot rose Champagne, daily breakfast in bed (with more Champagne), a caviar service at Aria Bar & Lounge (with more Champagne), a private dinner for two in The Chairman’s Suite, and a few take-home gifts.
Outside of the hotel, those experiences will roll through to include a helicopter flight to the Great Ocean Road and lunch on the Bellarine Peninsula, dinner for two at Vue de Monde, a lunchtime boat cruise ending in a picnic, and a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Over to Sydney and that you’ll be offered much of the same in the CBD hotel, with a few twists. That bottle of Veuve from Melbourne will now turn into Laurent Perrier. You’ll get more fresh flowers and fruit, daily breakfasts in bed (yep, more Champagne, a signature cocktail & tasting plate at The Observatory Bar, afternoon tea for two in The Observatory Suite, and more take-home gifts.
Across the stay, off-site adventures will roll through some of Sydney’s most sought after experiences. This includes a seaplane flight to Pittwater for lunch at Jonah’s, a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb for two, a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Hunter Valley ending in a Champagne breakfast, and a four-tour tour of Sydney in one of the hotel’s vintage-minded pink taxis (ending in a picnic).
Look, $47k is a lot of dosh to spend on six nights of pure indulgence. We get it. The Langham seems to get it too. They’ll dial it down a bit with a few other deals like dog-friendly rooms for $280 a night. But that’s only for accommodation. All that sweet Champagne, bridge-climbing, and river-cruising won’t be included outside of The Langham package detailed above.