In Melbourne‘s fashionable South Yarra, Lyall Hotel and Spa is a classy cocktail of sleek rooms, sensual day spa and chic bistro-cum-bar. It’s the go-to destination for a swathe of stars – Gwen Stefani and Paris Hilton included – as well as savvy magazine editors, who we’re sure adore the within-walking-distance designer label boutiques.
Style Modern art, Asian heart
Setting Shop-filled South Yarra
Why this week? After the insanity of the end-of-year rush, you’ll be in need of some serious replenishing. Book the Lyall’s Relax and Play break, exclusive to Smith, and you can indulge in breakfast daily. Each of you will also be treated to a rassoul (where you cover yourself in invigorating Moroccan mud from head to toe before cleansing in the Swiss shower) and one-hour massage.
Our favourite bits Being fond of a little retail therapy, the Smiths love the Lyall’s exclusive Shopping Privilege Card that offers guests discounts of 10 per cent in more than 20 of the amazing upmarket boutiques in the area. That’s just one of the many fashion-forward reasons to stay. Add chic, understated suites (each the size of a city apartment), an intimate champagne bar and shining service and you’ll understand why we’re hooked.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘“You look like you’ve been on holiday for weeks,” says Mr Smith, as I waft back into our room. The truth is I’ve just spent a couple of heavenly hours in the Lyall Spa having a Sodashi facial and Lyall Luxury Pedicure in preparation for the rest of our weekend away. It was bliss: attentive treatment from caring and knowledgeable staff in a serene space, all sleek marble and high ceilings. Flicking through magazines and sipping a fragrant T2 tea as my nail colour dried, it occurred to me that I could spend all weekend here – if Mr Smith wasn’t beckoning.’
Read Liane Rossler’s full Lyall Hotel and Spa review.
You say… ‘I loved the relaxed feeling the Lyall provides, and it has always been a favourite of ours. We knew when we got married that the only place to spend our first night as man and wife was the Lyall. The most fantastic place to stay in Melbourne.’ (Lana, SilverSmith, stayed 14 October 2012).
Read more Lyall hotel reviews from Smith’s Guestbook.
*Copy compiled by Carrie Hutchinson