Melbourne might be hailed the world’s most liveable city, but it’s sometimes nice to escape the bright lights and hustle and bustle of the big smoke for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway.
Here at Aquila, we are all for kicking back and hitting the coast with family or friends (we wouldn’t mind one right about now!). Thus, we’ve curated a unique list for the avid traveler listing the ultimate getaways from Melbourne.
So, pack your bags, put the roof down and grab a friend, as you head in any direction your heart sees fit, for there is a unique getaway awaiting.
Just a leisurely 90 minutes from Melbourne lies the Goulburn Valley region, and in particular, a little gem by the name of Mitchelton Winery Estate. This beautiful, picturesque property, set on the banks of the Goulburn River, also happens to house one of Victoria newest, design-driven boutique hotels.
The minimal hotel comprises of 58-stunning rooms with either a ‘river’ or ‘vineyard’ view, with personal amenities including a spa and wellness centre, and an impressive infinity pool; personifying laid-back luxury at its best.
Weaving design, gastronomy and of course, viniculture into its humble surroundings, Mitchelton Hotel is the perfect retreat for those who love nature, as the Australian-outback setting simply cannot be replicated.
While you’re there, enjoy a range of popular wines that make up Mitchelton’s legacy; such as the signature Print Shiraz, or the vintage 2011 Riesling. The flagship restaurant, The Muse, is also a genuine delight. Showcasing premium, fresh produce of the region, enjoy the local delicacies that make up the Goulburn Valley region.
What to wear
From $289 per night
Awarded a range of accolades in its first year of opening (‘Hotel of the Year’ by the Gourmet Traveller Hotel Awards 2017), Jackalope is an impressive feat set on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula amid a world-renowned wine region.
Just 90 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, Jackalope encapsulates pure laidback luxury in a tranquil setting. Picture this; wake from your boutique room to a perfect sunrise over your vineyard view. Coffee in hand, all you hear is the soft shimmer of the water along the infinity pool, with whistling birds in neighbouring trees.
With design and character at the forefront of the hotel’s build, the property features a series of unique commissions by world-renowned artists and designers, which truly makes up the alchemy of the hotel.
Enjoy an intimate meal at the hotel’s signature restaurant ‘Doot-Doot’ for an extra special experience to cap off your night away.
What to wear
Opt for a refined-casual look. We suggest dressing for the occasion when dining at the hotel’s restaurant, so go for a pair of tailored pants, a smart shirt and finish with a casual blazer. Penny loafers would look great to finish your look.
From $650 per night
THE FARMHOUSE at MELETOS
About an hour north-east of Melbourne lies the Yarra Valley region. Amid beautiful rolling hills and an abundance of wineries, breweries and distilleries, a relaxing haven known as The Farmhouse at Meletos resides.
Meletos is a regional café, providore and 23-room boutique guesthouse. With its beautiful walled gardens, rows of crabapple trees and raised vegetable beds, Meletos is truly a tranquil getaway. Transforming a collection of abandoned century-old farm buildings and creating a unique hotel, the Farmhouse at Meletos is quaint, rustic and peaceful.
But it’s not just the hospitality at Meletos that resonates with its guests; recently awarded an impressive ‘One Glass’ in the 2017 Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year Award, the estate features an impressive vineyard producing a range of celebrated wines from the Yarra Valley region and beyond.
What to wear
As the property can sometimes get a bit chilly, we suggest a layered outfit for your this occasion. Run with a pair of tailored chinos, an casual shirt and a bomber jacket. Finish with a pair of Chelsea boots.
From $320 per night
Sitting on Conde Nast’s list of the best hotels in the world, and hailing two chef hats for its exquisite cuisine, lies one of Victoria’s best getaways; the Lakehouse at Daylesford.
Provenance is key for the success at Lakehouse, and it’s evident in even the smallest of details. Bread is rolled; fresh flowers are arranged; coffee is ground; and tables are set - it’s the little things that make up the bigger picture, and Lakehouse Daylesford has nailed this aspect.
Lakehouse is a tranquil retreat that includes 33-rooms and suites in either a waterfront or garden lodge setting. With six acres of country gardens to explore, Lakehouse Daylesford is an adventure in itself.
A range of complimentary amenities are available for guests, including an outdoor Jacuzzi, spa and wellness centre, tennis court and a library bar.
Head to lunch or dinner in the famed restaurant, where two chef hats preside; a symbol of the quality of meals prepared in a fine dining setting.
A hotel with heart and soul, Lakehouse Daylesford is a pure delight for special occasions, anniversaries, or simply for those looking to getaway for a magical weekend.
What to wear
Match the setting and opt for a relaxed, yet refined, outfit. Tan chinos with a navy polo will look great. Bring a casual blazer with you if deciding to dine at the restaurant. You can’t go wrong with a pair of leather double monk strap shoes for the occasion.
From $618 per night
QT FALLS CREEK
Offering boutique luxury in the heart of Falls Creek, QT weaves design and sophistication into a cosy, quaint space all year round; be it snow or shine.
Voted Australia’s Best Ski Resort in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by Luxury Travel Magazine, QT Falls Creek brings boutique luxury to the snowy slopes and rolling green hills of Falls Creek. Hosting 39-designer apartments with uninterrupted views, there is no better location to be in if snow sports are your thing, with easy access to all the main ski runs; it’s a truly stylish escape in the heart of the Victorian Alps.
Make sure you don’t forget your bathers, though – as a private balcony hot tub awaits all guests.
What to wear
As you can imagine, we would highly recommend dressing for the weather. In the warmer months, go for a pair of light, tailored chinos, a linen t-shirt or shirt, and sneakers. For the cooler months, layering is key; go for a pair of denim jeans, a wool turtleneck and a weather-tech bomber. Accessories with a scarf and/or beanie. Finish with a pair of leather boots with a rubber sole.
From $235 per night