June can be depressing especially on days when Melbourne puts on a thick grey and wet cloak. These are the times when I start dreaming of tropical destinations by the water. Maybe the steamy warmth of Bali or at least the sunshine on the Gold Coast if I can't get out of Australia. I can now save my travel dollars and still escape the icy Melbourne chills. QV Melbourne is bringing the tropics to me.
Just think green palms, bird of paradise foliage, hanging vines, bright tropical flowers surrounding an island with a sandy beach, complete with relaxation areas for a summer drink with friends. The air is warm and thick with the scent of the tropics.
Resembling an island-style beach resort, visitors can get out of the cold and into a warm hive of Club Med-like tropical activities. Weekdays will feature free lunches from QV Melbourne's dining establishments, tropical terrarium classes, cocktail classes, fruit carving, yoga, hula competitions and free manicures. Exotic animals including a special appearance by ABC TV's Wild Action warrior Chris Humfreys will change your weekends. The delicious pineapple wedge on the island cocktail is a luxurious Queensland holiday for one lucky visitor.
Here are some of the highlights at QV Tropical Retreat for the entire month of June:
Free Lunches QV's food retailers including Roll'd, Mad Mex, Grill'd and Shophouse kitchen will be serving tropical lunches every weekday. Be sure to get in fast for a free feed. 12pm weekdays, 4-27 June
Juice Bar fruit juice will be served in the QV Tropical Retreat making it the perfect spot to catch up with friends or unwind during the day. 12pm-5pm, daily from 4 27 June
Tropical Cocktail Classes A great way to unwind after a busy day is to head over to the QV Tropical Retreat for evening cocktail classes with the expert mixologists from Red Spice Road. Book online at the QV website. 6:30pm-7:30pm, 5, 12, 19 June
Tropical Terrarium Classes Flower Temple will be conducting tropical terrarium making classes each Wednesday evening to help you create your own piece of tropical flora. Book online at the QV website. 6pm-7:30pm, 4, 11, 18, 25 June
Tropical Cupcake Classes Learn how to bake tropical flavour cupcakes with the experts. The Cupcake Family will guide you. Book online at the QV website. 12:30pm-2:00pm, 4, 11, 18, 25 June