During my lunch break, by chance, I stumbled across the Royal Kings Park Tennis Club, which is part of the entire fitness complex. The grass was being maintained by a groundsman, the tennis arenas looked classy and the premises were green, tidy and accessible. Hunger and curiosity propelled me to the main entrance.
Next Generation Members Lounge. www.nextgenerationclubs.com.au
As a non-member I still managed to shuffle through reception without presentation (perhaps it was the fact I was wearing an Adidas tracksuit, but I thought the wheelchair would be a dead giveaway), and I proceeded forward to the lounge. I was impressed with the relaxed atmosphere in the lounge, which contained a large bar and bistro in a comfortable lounge setting with full access to wide-screen television and wireless network. The place did not seem packed as would be expected at lunch time.
Many walks of life were seated, from the elderly, businesspeople and students, each going about their business casually. The furnishings and television access is equivalent to the gold lounge at the Qantas terminal, but less the heavy congestion and with plenty more space.
I couldn't help feeling I was amongst the Perth elite, though not once was I looked upon as anything but welcome. The members and clientèle here seemed to emit a clear cut vision of positivity and happiness in their lives. There's no need to mention the common buffoonery you'd expect to see in force in a café at lunch time, as it wasn't there. No dirty people coughing into the open air. No dramatists moaning about how other people should live their lives. Who let who down and who's not coping? Who cares! I'll just say that this atmosphere alone sold me.
For under $10, the value also impressed me not only for the freshness of the food, but also the courtesy of the ladies behind the counter, who offered to take it to my table for me. One of the young ladies had a French accent, to whom I passed pleasantries; "Bonjour" and"merci" (the full extent of my French) and she happily twittered on like a bird to me, luckily in English.
As much time had passed from when I left the office to my stumbling across the lounge café, I quickly asked for a salad sandwich and a bottle of water. Without the added threat of indigestion I consumed my lunch and made my way back to the office asap. I did not know until it was too late that there is ample car parking space, so I could quite easily have driven and saved some time.
Obviously the Member's Café at Next Generation Fitness Club, Kings Park, is open to the local public. If you're in Perth and looking for a good workout, or a healthy lunch with some indulgences, I suggest you source this complex. It's much more than going to the gym, or having coffee. It's a healthy proactive lifestyle I recommend more of us should invest in.
Your impressions of the club are correct. However, it is a polite habit of all the members of the club to present themselves at the reception with their guests (if non-members). The club is not supposed to be open to general public unless they are invited my a member of the Club.
There is also a Next Generation in Bibra Lake. It is a massive facility with all the trimmings and equipment including a huge pool, tennis and squash courts, arcade games, a cafe, a kids corner, a shop and members lounge area.
At the Bibra Lake Club it is impossible to just walk in unless you have a membership card which you have to scan to open the barrier. Non-members or members with guests must check in at reception first.