Swap Melbourne’s buzzing laneways for a dose of luxury and tranquillity this weekend. You don’t have to travel far to escape the city. Within a two hours drive, there are blissed-out spas, stylish country stays, and oceanside abodes where you can chill out, enjoy the small-town charm, and still indulge in the world-class dining that Melbourne is known for.
When it comes to escaping the city, we’re experts. Here are our five favourite luxury escapes from Melbourne that recharge our batteries and have us entering the city refreshed and motivated.
In under two hours, you could be wrapped in a fluffy robe, gazing out to a lake in the comfort of a stylish country-style lodge. Sounds blissful, right? Lake House Daylesford is the epitome of a luxury escape. Situated on the sparkling shores of Lake Daylesford, guests are surrounded by mineral springs, country gardens, and artworks from local artists. Stay for the weekend to enjoy the infinity pool, state-of-the-art spa, and the crowd favourite, Daylesford wine tours. Guests can also partake in truffle hunting, cider tasting, and hot air ballooning. Despite the incredible experiences off-site, the on-site restaurant still remains the star of the property, thanks to its award-winning dishes. Some Melburnians make the drive to have a long lunch surrounded by the charm of Lake Daylesford.
Wine, art, and design intersect at the Jackalope Hotel. This stylish, world-class winery hotel is as lavish as it gets in the Mornington Peninsula. Guests will find intoxicating vineyard views from a high-design monochromatic room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Step outside the hotel room to discover a fascinating display of art and sculptures dotted around the property and adorned on its walls by world-renowned artists. The famous Rain Room is captivating and a must-see on any visit. Guests have access to the vineyard, including all its quality drops, with a tasting or a sampling at the restaurant. Lounge by the infinity pool overlooking the vines, order breakfast on your private terrace or spend the day getting pampered at the spa. This is your chance to escape everyday life and be consumed by the art and culture of Jackalope Hotel.
Nestled in the King Valley, Lancemore Milawa offers a picturesque stay, with vineyard vistas and alpine mountains surrounding the boutique hotel. Guests can unwind and take it slow here. There are only 40 rooms in this two-storey building. Each room has its own private balcony, but the property has ample indoor and outdoor spaces for relaxing with a glass of wine in the afternoon. The swimming pool in the warmer months is always a popular place. Nearby, guests have access to vineyards, including Brown Brothers’ merlot plot, which sits at the rear of Lancemore Milawa. You can taste a drop at the onsite restaurant, which also has it wons spectacular views of the vineyards and mountains. Should you choose to leave the property, Milawa is home to great cellar doors, cafes, and bakeries where guests can taste local food and wine delights.
Not every escape has to be to a farm or regional Victoria. Drive along the Great Ocean Road, and you will find the Ocean House, a striking architecturally designed seaside abode, skirting the dramatic coastline. Guests will have the entire house to themselves, comprising five bedrooms (sleeps 10), two living areas, three bathrooms, and a rooftop terrace. Designed by Rob Mills, the Ocean House has adorned the covers of design and architecture magazines worldwide. Expect sculpted concrete, timber, and glass materials in this sleek abode, which can be yours for however long you want. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or a family getaway, the Ocean House is a taste of next-level ocean living. The beach is a 100-metre stroll away, and the nearest town is just a short drive away.
This former tobacco kiln is now a stylish farm stay, ideal for couples looking to decompress. Set on a walnut farm, Cortes Kiln is a three-hour drive from Melbourne in the high country, where you will enjoy the small-town charm, great local produce, and the silence of open space. Inside the kiln is a one-bedroom cottage, redesigned with modern trimmings and warm interiors. Enjoy a lush internal courtyard, which opens to the light-filled hallway. The house has been crafted with an open plan in mind, taking advantage of the surroundings. You can slide back the rear wall to reveal views of the property and enjoy outdoor entertaining. Be sure to visit during walnut season, which is from late March to May, to pick fresh walnuts off the tree.