Cruise out of your day-to-day and escape into the city where food and wine flourishes, arts and culture thrive and exquisite scenery is around every laneway corner. Melbourne’s abundance of eclectic urban charm caters to every taste, and if it’s luxury you’re after, this thriving oasis is the perfect place to spend your weekend getaways.
Renowned for its fine dining, vibrant cultural scene and myriad of scenery from concrete jungle magic to glittering river waters, Melbourne is the perfect destination for those who crave a little luxury and sophistication.
To help you plan your next luxury getaways to Melbourne, here are some must-do activities to make your experiences truly unforgettable.
From its famed street art laneways such as Hosier Lane to its picturesque bayside havens like Port Phillip, Melbourne’s many and varied sights are part of what makes it so unique. Less than an hour outside the buzzing heart of the city, you’ll enjoy a plethora of fresh scenery and attractions.
Whether visiting the sunkissed St Kilda Beach, strolling through the lush Botanical Gardens or cruising above it all in a glorious airborne flight, there’s no shortage of beautiful scenery to indulge in throughout Melbourne.
Fly to New Heights on a Melbourne Helicopter Tour
Nothing says ‘luxury getaways’ quite like a breathtaking helicopter tour. Start your Melbourne weekend by soaring above the city in a private helicopter ride and take in panoramic views of the many famous landmarks, including Federation Square and the winding Yarra River.
Rotor One boasts an array of different sightseeing options lasting anywhere from twenty minutes to over an hour of luxurious flying. Choose from packages like the Melbourne City Scenic; the Melbourne City, Beaches and Coastal Adventure, or the Yarra Valley Tour over Hubert Estate.
Whichever section of Melbourne you’re flying over, this is one incredibly indulgent way to enjoy the best bird’s eye views of Melbourne and kickstart your luxury weekend in style.
Rise Early with a Sunrise Balloon Flight
For those wishing to wake up with the sun on their weekend getaways, or those seeking a more tranquil sightseeing option, a hot air balloon flight over Melbourne is a stunning alternative to a helicopter ride. With its array of sparkling city views and sweeping valley surrounds, Melbourne specialises in sunrise balloon flights for a reason – the sights are truly unbeatable.
Picture This Ballooning offers unrivalled flights over Melbourne City and the Yarra Valley. View the iconic cityscape from above as you float amongst the clouds, or glide over farms and vineyards as the sun ascends with you.
It may be an early wake up, but we promise that a hot air balloon flight over Melbourne will be a truly magical experience that sets the precedent for more luxury getaways to come.
When visiting Melbourne for relaxing getaways, we highly recommend stepping outside of the buzzing city centre to cruise along the many waterside attractions on offer.
From the iconic Yarra River to the sparkling waters of Port Phillip, there are plenty of waterside wonders to elevate your luxury weekend getaway.
Recline on a Yarra River Cruise
The Yarra River is often described as the heart and soul of Melbourne, and there’s no better way to experience its unmatched beauty than on a leisurely cruise. Relax on the deck of your boat as you glide past the city’s iconic sights. Enjoy a delicious brunch or dinner onboard, accompanied by the region’s finest wines, all while drinking in stunning views of the city skyline.
Yarra River Cruises offer a selection of blissfully indulgent options that allow you to experience the true charm of Melbourne from the plush comforts of state of the art cruise boats. Indulge in a Bottomless Cocktail Cruise, a Bottomless Brunch Cruise, a Sightseeing Cruise or even host your own Private Function along the crowning river jewel of Melbourne.
Hire a Chartered Yacht on the Bay
Prefer to sail out of the city for your luxury getaway to Melbourne? Hire a chartered yacht to whisk you away from the iconic Port Phillip and set sail around the glittering waters surrounding the city.
Discover your own luxury yacht experience through the dozens of charter services based in Port Phillip, like Yacht Charter Fleet or Yacht Training Victoria, and live the high life for a day of pure luxurious relaxation.
Food, Wine and Culture
Melbourne is renowned for its food and culture scene, and a high-end restaurant experience is a staple for all luxury getaways. Pair your exquisite dinner with a fabulous show at one of Melbourne’s many theatres and you’ve got the recipe for a truly sumptuous evening with all the best cultural bites.
Indulge in a Luxury Melbourne Restaurant
No luxury getaway is complete without a visit to one of the city’s many world-class eateries. From contemporary cuisine to classic French dishes, delicate canapés to authentic New York-Italian morsels, Melbourne dining has something to suit every palate.
Take your luxury weekend to new heights with the elegant tastes of Vue du monde. Situated on Level 55 of the heritage Rialto Towers right beside our hotel, this French-inspired eatery is breathtakingly complemented by its panoramic city views.
Prefer to enjoy the flavours of Melbourne a little closer to the ground? Pay a visit to Ronnie’s for a relaxed yet sumptuous New York-Italian dining experience. Recline with a bottle of fine wine or a glass of Aperol spritz while sampling the most delicious authentic flavours.
Stroll to Southbank’s Theatre Precinct
Entertainment is a must-have component for all weekend getaways, and Melbourne’s iconic Southbank theatre precinct will bring your luxury getaways to life. Travel to new worlds and immerse yourself in fabulous stories told by some of the country’s best artists.
Be enveloped by the magnificence of the Arts Centre Melbourne, home to the finest forms of live art. From ballets and operas to musicals and plays, not to mention the exquisite architecture and delicious dining options on all sides, you’ll be in for a sensory treat with this quintessential Southbank theatre experience.
After something a little more intimate? Head down to Melbourne Theatre Company’s flagship Southbank Theatre to catch world-famous and award-winning performers live on stage. Sink into plush seats and feel that zing of excitement as the lights dim and the imagined world before you blossoms into life.
Melbourne Hotels and Transport
When it comes to relaxing getaways, it’s also important to plan the little things. Streamline your experience with a touch of elegance and a sprinkle of high-end service. Allow the experienced hospitality staff of Melbourne to work their magic and elevate your stay into something truly memorable.
Relax with Private Transfers
Get around in style with private transfers to and from each of your chosen attractions. Whether you prefer a luxury car or limousine, there is a transfer option to suit your needs and cater to your taste for the finer things. Relax in ultimate comfort as you’re whisked away to your hotel, dinner reservation or theatre show and avoid the hassle of navigating Melbourne’s busy streets.
Melbourne houses a range of premium private transfer services, including Chauffeur Link Melbourne, Prime Chauffeur Cars and Combined Chauffeured Cars, to name a few. If you’re staying with us and seeking a private transfer for a particular night or event, we invite you to speak to our Concierge staff, whose knowledge and contacts are invaluable for securing the finest reservations in the city.
Sink into Melbourne Hotel Luxury
Enjoy the epitome of relaxation with a weekend stay in one of our luxury guest rooms or suites. Located on prestigious Collins Street in the vibrant heart of Melbourne, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto offers classic comforts laced with heritage charm.
Each room is beautifully appointed with contemporary amenities, and you’ll have access to our rooftop pool, in-house Botanica Spa, sumptuous breakfast buffet at Alluvial Restaurant and bespoke service from our expert staff.
Treat yourself to the finest indulgences when you stay with us, and enjoy easy access to all of Melbourne’s most wondrous sights right outside our doors.
Reserve Your Luxury Hotel Room at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
Whether you’re flying high on a private helicopter tour or sinking into relaxed comfort at one of the many stunning restaurants around the city, there’s no better locale than Melbourne to enjoy your next weekend getaways.