I loved our choice this visit – The Como in South Yarra,an MGallery by Sofitel hotel, one of Accor’s more boutique collection. Our suite had a spiral staircase and three separate bathrooms, including one enormous round bath and – joy of joys – a sauna! Well, as you know, Gwyneth Paltrow believes a post-flight sauna gets rid of all flying evils, so I had two and used everything but the round bath.
A stroll down Chapel Street from the hotel netted a treasure trove of shopping opportunities for the Ginger and me.
The Emporium in the CBD has everything you’ll ever need and more, and is a one-stop shop if you’re a mall person. Connected to David Jones and Myer, you practically need a map to get around – which reminds me, the laneways do weird things to the GPS on your phone. Be clever, unlike me, and use an actual map. Oh, and the taxis are a shocker, so if you’re not using the trams (free downtown), use Uber.
If you follow Chapel Street away from the river, towards St Kilda, passing through Prahan, you get to Windsor, which would seem to be the new in-place for groovy bars and eateries. We had been recommended Mr Miyagi for Japanese by three different people, but by the time we got there on a busy Friday, the wait was an hour and 45 minutes, as was the case at the equally popular Hanoi Hannah and Hawker Hall, all in this neck of the woods.
We’ve all heard stories, but having flown Jetstar to Asia and back without a hiccup – for the second time – I was mightily impressed. However, for our last leg home from Melbourne, there was a two-hour delay. But the good news is that we were given almost 12 hours warning via email. I don’t mind a hitch if I know about it, and this one bought us extra time and led to a truly special experience.