Almost instantly, The Langham, Melbourne lets you know what it stands for: opulence, efficiency and class. The 347-room property fills a central position in the hip Southbank arts precinct and has far-reaching views of the central business district across the Yarra River. Rebranded from the old Sheraton Towers in 2005, the Langham is a flagship of the Hong Kong-based Great Eagle Hospitality Group and reveals its oriental ownership in the subtle ginger flower fragrance piped through the air-conditioning system, the solid representation of Chinese and Indian specialties in the Melba restaurant and the luxurious, tranquilizing Chuan Spa.
Guest rooms are large, with hand-crafted furnishings and high ceilings, and each features the brand’s signature Blissful Bed and pillow menu. Most bathrooms have a large tub and walk-in rain shower. For the best accommodations, request a Club room with a balcony or terrace. Club-level guests enjoy butler service, garment pressing, shoes polishing, complimentary Wi-Fi and access to the private lounge on the 24th floor. The club provides complimentary breakfast, all-day tea, coffee and snacks and pre-dinner drinks.
The property’s main level is quiet and is home to the hotel’s main restaurant, Melba and the Aria bar and lounge. In the afternoons, Aria offers Wedgwood Tea service which includes bite-sized sandwiches passionfruit and mango macarons and a host of other nibbles. Melba, an award-winning eatery features floor-to-ceiling views across the city and serves an array of international cuisine.
One of Langham’s best amenities is the Chuan Spa that is dedicated to creating spiritual and physical harmony by balancing the five elements of metal, wood, fire, earth and water. The three-hour Serenity Shen Couples Treatment includes a soothing full-body, hot stone massage and a facial tailored to your skin type. Round off the treatment with Chinese-inspired delicacies and tea.
Because of Melbourne’s many attractions and events, heading to the Australian destination is great no matter which season you visit. From the Australian Rules football final, the Melbourne Cup horse racing carnival and the Australian Open to the Melbourne Grand Prix and the Australian Masters Golf, there is always plenty going on in the city. Plus, the Federation Square, the city’s main rail station, and St. Paul’s Cathedral are all within three minutes’ walk across the river from the Langham.