Intertwined throughout Melbourne’s vibrant cosmopolitan metropolis are a string of luxury hideaways that spell out the perfect romantic escape for couples who enjoy the finer things. Embark on picturesque tours through lush gardens, relaxed strolls through renowned art and culture hubs and, of course, delectable cuisines at some of the best restaurants in the country.
If you’re seeking luxury stays in Melbourne this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got the perfect curated selection to spoil you and your loved one. Read on to discover 8 luxury things to do in Melbourne this February.
1. Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
Venture into the orange glow of the sunrise with a truly magical experience that will paint the stunning Melbourne skyline in a whole new light (literally). Soar into the clouds on your own hot air balloon and float across the sparkling cityscape, along the winding Yarra River and past pockets of lush parkland, all while drinking in breathtaking views of Port Phillip Bay and the surrounding beaches.
There are several Hot Air Balloon Tours on offer around Melbourne, including Global Ballooning Australia and Liberty Balloon Flights. While you and your loved one will need to wake up with the birds to catch your flight, we promise that this must-do romantic adventure will be more than worth it – the perfect picturesque experience to ignite your romantic weekend in Melbourne.
2. Buffet Breakfast at Alluvial Restaurant
After touching down from your scenic flight, it’s time to wind your way back through the buzz of the city to Alluvial Restaurant for a magnificent breakfast buffet. InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto’s signature restaurant lays out a morning banquet like no other, complete with fresh omelettes made on the spot, warm and buttery pastry platters, fresh fruit and juices and a moreish pancake station with all the trimmings.
Enjoy breakfast with a barista made coffee beneath our sparkling glass atrium as the quiet elegance of the Rialto building envelops you in a relaxed and intimate Melbourne morning.
3. Horse Drawn Carriage Tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens
No romantic weekend in Melbourne would be complete without a visit to the exquisite expanse of the Royal Botanic Gardens. While there’s plenty to see on foot, we recommend splurging on a horse drawn carriage tour to elevate your experience and treat your special someone to that extra Valentine’s indulgence.
Cosy up in a photo-worthy carriage and let the sights of Melbourne’s lush gardens, historic landmarks, cultural icons and stunning natural beauties pass you by. If you’re feeling especially romantic, you may choose Classic Carriage Hire’s Deluxe Romantic Tour, which includes red roses and champagne to enjoy on your hour-long journey through the city’s tranquil parklands and tree-lined boulevards.
4. Stroll Through the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
Bid farewell to your carriage on St Kilda Road and cross the street to enter the allure of the Arts. One of Australia’s most renowned galleries and host of internationally-acclaimed pieces, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is a stunning spectacle of cultural innovation and classic beauty not to be missed.
Stroll through eras of artistry and enjoy wondrous exhibits together with your loved one. Get lost in portrait-lined hallways and dimly lit showrooms. Indulge in larger-than-life classics and marvel at fresh new work from a plethora of talented artists from around the world.
Be sure to explore the NGV Backyard and enjoy the sunshine before making your way into the heart of the city for a luxurious lunch.
5. Lunch in the Heart of the City
When it comes to lunch in Melbourne, there’s no shortage of delicious restaurants, quaint cafés and sumptuous eateries to choose from. Valentine’s weekend calls for something exceptional, and these must-visits are sure to please the palate.
French, chic and exquisitely presented, Bistrot d’Orsay’s award-winning Mediterranean-French bistro is the perfect romantic escape for couples seeking a little extra luxury. With intimate wood-panelled interiors laced with classical French decor and a direct view of the ornate Regent Theatre opposite, this moody restaurant will transport you to the culinary delights of France from the moment you enter.
Prefer something a little more casual? Savour the flavours of authentic New York-Italian at Ronnie’s, the quintessential long lunch hotspot on leafy Collins Street. Split a plate of pasta and a bottle of wine while grazing on their delectable fermented potato focaccia, fresh buffalo mozzarella or vodka-infused fusilli.
6. Drinks on the Yarra River
Wind down for the evening with a stroll along the stunning Yarra River for an aperitif (or two) to enjoy with the sunset. Wander towards the embellished Princess Bridge and you’ll stumble across a sprinkling of vibrant floating bars, perfectly situated in the heart of the action and renowned for their lively atmospheres and delicious drinks selections.
Arbory Afloat’s bohemian beach club is everything you and your loved one need for a quintessential Melbourne pop-up bar experience. Indulge in fresh cocktails, tasty tapas and the best people-watching in the city at this eclectic Spanish haven.
One of Melbourne’s most unique and popular floating bars, Ponyfish Island is a cultural explosion of drinks, nibbles and music. Nestled beneath the Evan Walker Bridge in Southbank and boasting incredible views of the North and South city shores, Ponyfish is the perfect combination of vibrance and relaxation.
7. Dinner and a Show
Take your loved one on an unforgettable journey into the heart of Melbourne’s bustling theatre district. Immerse yourself in the magic of live performance by some of the country’s most acclaimed artists and feel transported to new worlds all within the plush velvet seats of our many historic theatres.
For musical theatre connoisseurs, the beloved Mary Poppins the Musical plays at Her Majesty’s Theatre throughout February and beyond, the perfect showstopper to captivate and compel every imagination.
If you’re after something more intimate, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap shows at the Comedy Theatre from February. This acclaimed West End production promises to deliver all the intrigue, humour and dark wit written into the brilliant words of this award-winning play.
8. A Night at InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto
Tie the bow on the perfect romantic getaway with a luxurious night (or two) in one of our Premium Rooms or Suites. Wind your way back to our heritage Rialto building on prestigious Collins Street and sink into plush comforts laced with Melbourne-inspired charm.
le you’re here, take a moment to explore our in-house offerings. Recline in our heated rooftop pool or jacuzzi overlooking Collins Street, book a blissful treatment at Botanica Wellness Spa and Clinic or elevate your stay with bespoke offerings through Club InterContinental.
Reserve Your Luxury Stay in Melbourne
Spoil your special someone with the best luxury stays in Melbourne this Valentine’s Day. Reserve your room with us and speak to our friendly staff about adding some bespoke touches to make your stay truly special.
Browse our Guest Rooms, Premium Rooms and Suites to get started on the most romantic travel experience of the year.