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by Tricia Ziemer (subscribe)
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Published May 9th 2019
Sun, sea, beach and secret oasis at Kimberley Gardens
I recently was asked to a lovely event that involved drinking alcohol. Well, that's a treat, but I just can't drink and then drive. I am almost a two pot screamer. And I live way out of the Big Smoke (Melbourne CBD). So I wanted quick and convenient, out of the bustle of the city, close to the beach, a pool, a spa, fine dining, a walk in modern shower, and a comfy bed, cheap. As for my family and friends, ignore them; it really is a myth that I am fussy.

So my search started as I plundered the depths of the internet to find the perfect place. Well oh, la, ala ... I hit the jackpot at $100 for a night and just a short drive to St Kilda Beach. At first, I thought, goodness, that is too cheap, "What have I done?". Well, I had won Tattslotto with the Kimberley Gardens Resort in East St Kilda but didn't realise how big the prize till I arrived. It was a pleasure to take all these photos.

Kimberley Gardens Oasis Retreat
Kimberley Gardens Oasis Retreat


I wish I had arrived right at 2pm for check-in to take advantage of this wonderful venue. As I drove up, even though it was in the middle of the city bustle, it is a quiet oasis surrounded by palm trees, bamboo touches and modern, clean rooms.

Sleek Modern Entrance of Venue
Sleek modern entrance of venue


And FREE parking. So many of the venues I checked around the city had parking at around $30 extra on top of the room rate.

Work Desk and essential chair for sitting
Work desk and essential chair for sitting


I arrived in a rush, check-in was seamless and I discovered a delightful and spacious room with my style; a blend of modern French Provincial. It had a lovely little sun-drenched courtyard, which I, unfortunately, did not have time to enjoy as I headed back out.

Room service in the courtyard
Room service in the courtyard


Bright red comfy bikes were available for a quick trip to St Kilda beach. With seats that fit a more normal body, not model mania.

A wee Bike Ride from the Beach
A wee Bike Ride from the Beach


I got a glimpse of a stunning dining room, and sweet private courtyards to tuck yourself away in with a good book.

Dining is intimate
Dining is intimate


The indoor pool and spa looked so refreshing. I at least had time to put a toe in and they were both the perfect temperature on a cold winter's night or summer's day.

Heated pool and spa is perfect
Heated pool and spa is perfect


Not just your toes should pop into this heated pool so take your bathers
Not just your toes should pop into this heated pool so take your bathers


Now the most important thing, I have a bad back. So the bed is all. And this place gets the "comfy bed" award. I took full advantage of the late check out at a generous 12 pm and stayed every minute I could.

COMFY BED Award
Comfy Bed Award


If you are headed for a vacation, a trip to the beach, an event in the city, this is the perfect venue.
Modern CLEAN walk in shower
Modern clean walk in shower


Next time, I will stay far longer and taste the restaurant as well to enjoy all that the lovely Kimberley Gardens has to offer.

But this is also a wonderful venue for a conference, wedding, or anniversary. It would make a classy event.
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Why? A romantic stay and beach escape at St Kilda Beach
Phone: 03) 9526 3865
Where: 441 Inkerman St, St Kilda East VIC 3183
Cost: $100 per night plus
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