Melbourne Hotels: The Lyall Hotel

Welcome to The Lyall

Travelling takes you out of your comfort zone, so a hotel that can make you feel at home – in fact more at home than you do in your own home, is something of a find. The Lyall in Melbourne’s South Yarra is that place.A boutique block with an up market address, the Lyall is a slice of luxury just moments from hectic shopping Mecca Chapel Street or the more refined Toorak Road. World-class service and attention to the important details are the trademarks of one of the city’s newest hotels. Owners Peter and Rowena Thomas have thought of everything – years of experience in the travel and tourism industry means quality additions and nice touches abound. Things like King size beds, wide screen TV, DVD and CD player, full-length opening windows balcony with teak furniture, digital ‘laptop’ safe, velour bathrobes and slippers, bathroom floor heating and night light,

A speciality suite

steam-free bathroom mirrors and a gourmet minibar stocked with tasty morsels and local cheese and wines. Plus the concierge are totally dedicated to ensuring your stay is perfect – so dedicated in fact, that they will almost certainly get you into that ‘restaurant of the month’ that’s been booked out for weeks. We like that.Guests staying a little longer than a romantic weekend should take advantage of the personal pantry service that puts bigger hotels to shame. The Lyall’s friendly staff are more than happy to run out and pick up a few groceries for you, should the urge to cook up a storm in your fabulously equipped kitchen strike. There is no charge for this service and all items are charged at store prices without any surcharge added. With this kind of service, is it any wonder that the Lyall operates as the home away from home for some of Australia’s leading entertainment identities when they are back in the country?

Custom-designed furniture gives a sense at-home ease to each and every suite, while the interior palette of rich chocolate, caramel and cream adds a stylish, soothing quality to the rooms. Suite accommodation is of deluxe standard. Sumptuous furnishings matched with clean lines give an uncluttered, contemporary Oriental flavour to the rooms. The beds are to-die-for, as is the range of pillows, guaranteed to lull even the fussiest sleeper into a sound night’s rest.

And for pampered princesses (and princes for that matter) The Lyall boasts what is without question one of the most divine day spas in the country – Retreat at the Lyall. Open 7 days from 9 until 9, this oasis offers weary travellers (and wearier locals) the perfect pick-me-up with heavenly Aveda products and a team of skillful practitioners. Try the Retreat Rasul a 45-minute sensual steam, scrub, Swiss shower and volcanic mud treatment that calms the body, revives the senses and leaves you feeling super-hydrated. A treatment for one – or two…

Weekend packages start at $290.00 per couple for one night in a super deluxe one bedroom suite, A la carte and buffet breakfast for two and a bottle of Domaine Chandon Vintage Brut.

For more information contact:

The Lyall Hotel

14 Murphy Street

South Yarra VIC 3141

Phone (03) 9868 8222

Fax (03) 9820 1724

November 6, 2002

Reasons for visiting Melbourne

The dynamic, cosmopolitan flavour of the city permeates through everything from the streets, to the shopping precincts to the many wonderful cafes, restaurants and bars. Here are our top reasons for visiting Melbourne for your next short romantic break…To eat and drink

Australia’s gourmet Mecca, Melbourne’s location means that is just a stone’s throw away from some of the most exciting food and wine producers in the world. If cheese is your thing, don’t miss some of Victoria’s finest dairy exponents Meredith Dairy, Piano Hill Cheeses and Tarago River Cheese Company.

And what’s cheese without a good wine, I hear you cry? Get amongst it with these stunning local producers and you’ll be in good company – Coldstream Hills, Domaine Chandon, Dalwhinnie, to name a few. Grab a bottle and a chunk of cheese and head towards the Botanical Gardens or The Tan for an impromptu picnic, what al lush way to spend a weekend afternoon.

For those with a sweet tooth head to Suga, in the Royal Arcade (Shop 20, 335 Bourke Street, City) a glossy Willy Wonka world of handmade candy dreams. And while in Melbourne don’t miss the opportunity to stock up on Haigh’s chocolates – these to-die-for, melt in the mouth luxuries are Australia’s answer to Swiss mega-choc Lindt.

To see and do

Melbourne has a non-stop calendar of arts, entertainment and sporting events to keep you occupied all year round. Here are some not-to-be missed dates for your diary…

Australian Open Tennis Championships

13 – 26 January 2003

Foster’s Australian Grand Prix

6 – 9 March 2003

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

28 March – 13 April 2003

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

27 March – 20 April 2003

Rip Curl Pro and SunSmart Classic

14 – 27 April 2003

To shop and be pampered

The Paris-end of Collins Street offers all there is in upmarket shopping, darling. If shoes are your thing you’ll find fancy footwear from Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Dolce and Gabbana, Rudolphe Menudier and Versace.

Flinders Lane in the City has revealed hidden gems in recent times, most noteworthy are Alice Euphemia and the uber funky Genki for a range of imported and new-kids-on-the-block designs.

Douglas & Hope for funky fashion designed to fit real women labels include Immune and Gorman, plus luxury hand-made quilts and cushions using stunning patches of antique kimonos for the ultimate in shabby chic. Phone (03) 9417 0662 for store locations.

Oversea Designer Warehouse for heavily discounted international brands. Gucci, D&G, Armani at up to 60% off! But only until 5 January 2003. Phone (03) 9654 0158 for more information.

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November 5, 2002