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High Tea at the Regent Club Spa

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by Carole Kelly (subscribe)
An avid reader,writer,traveller, sports enthusiast living in beachside Melbourne & working in the city. Always curious about what's around the corner.
Published January 14th 2013
Stay in the 'good books' with this delightful surprise
The Grand Chandelier

Tasteful and sedate

The brochure describes it as "an oasis of calm and tranquillity". I think it's one of Melbourne's best surprises. Tucked away above an arcade in Bourke Street, is the Regent Club Spa. Based on ancient Chinese traditions and rituals, this luxury spa offers 23 massage treatment rooms and 9 private VIP spa suites where luxury is unlimited. However, it is neither the spas nor the massages that I want to share with you today. I've yet to wander back and experience these at another time.

Choose a drink

Exotic Massage anyone?

As a special surprise, I was recently taken to the Regent Club's High Tea. Now I'm just about a "High Tea Connoisseur" having had the delightful experience at London's Ritz and Connaught Hotels and at several here in Melbourne and this one ranks right up there with the best.

Tasteful Decor

High Tea Menu

A sandwich board sign in the arcade below is the only indication that there is an impressive club up on level 3. On alighting from the lift, you'll enter a chandeliered reception foyer. Bypassing the treatment area, you'll arrive at an extensive and exotically furnished salon with paintings, books, lounge suites and several small dining tables. Other guests may be chatting quietly over their glasses of champagne or are at various stages of sampling the platefuls of dainty sandwiches, scones, cakes, chocolates and all sorts of other delicacies included in the High Tea experience.

What Else to Say, but "Yum"?

Sweets Display

No Teabags Used Here !

On a self-guided wander around, I discovered an outdoor decking area, a gymnasium, a theatrette, massage rooms (vacant of course) and a copy of the painting of the famous "Chloe", the original of which resides upstairs in Young & Jackson's hotel on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets.

This Massage Table Looked So Inviting


Back in the salon, I note the period wallpaper, cabinets full of both cigars and wine, both top of the range, and a piano which plays by itself. It's quite unnerving after a couple of drinks to watch the ivories going up and down without any fingers attached to them!

The Invisible Pianist

Cigars for the Discerning

Interesting Wallpaper

To sum up this Sunday afternoon experience, the decor was rich, but tasteful, the service was first rate, the food was excellent , the cost moderate and of course the company was, as always, terrific.

Drawing Customers

The Foyer

So whether you drop hints around birthday time, diplomatically suggest it as a Valentine's Day outing or just plain ask outright to be taken there, a visit to The Regent Club's High Tea is sure to make you both feel very special and pampered.

Jazz Up Your Life .. or...

Jazz Up Your Night

As a side note, the Club also holds a regular Jazz Night so check the board on the ground floor for details. I haven't been yet but the venue is ideal as a "classy jazz joint".

The entire experience deserves to rate towards the top of your bucket list.

Situated on level 3, 206 Bourke St., Melbourne,
Open all week long until late

Ph: 03 9663 7888

Cost: Cudo voucher allows 2 people for $45 and there are other discount vouchers available as well. The value is $120.
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Why? The experience makes one feel
When: Open 7 days until late
Phone: 03 9663 7888
Where: Level 3, 206 Bourke St Melbourne
Cost: $45 for $120 value
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