Episode 12: Indulgences
This week on Postcards, the team travels from Melbourne's CBD to the stunning countryside, on a hunt for some the best treats Victoria has to offer. Brodie enjoys aromatherapy at Sakura Lounge and Spa before taking on some retail therapy at Alice Euphemia and ends her day 'wining and dining' at The Waiting Room at Crown. Glen heads to Phillip Island to kick back and relax with good food at Fig and Olive and embraces all the luxury Oak Tree Lodge has to offer. Lauren is joined by a special guest – her mum Liz, who she takes on a shopping trip to Myer, Bourke Street on the hunt for the perfect Mother's Day gift and Rebecca is treated to a tour of renowned landscape and garden designer Paul Bangay's elegant home in Daylesford.
Sakura Lounge and Spa, Alice Euphemia and The Waiting Room
Sakura is a Japanese inspired natural healing centre that offers a range of massages, beauty and holistic treatments in the CBD. The Sakura Spa Room is perfect for groups and the Japanese themed interiors instantly transport you to a state of serenity. Sakura Lounge also offers a light lunch of Spanish tapas or Japanese sushi to enjoy after your treatment.
The gorgeous Alice Euphemia boutique is the perfect place to indulge in a spot of shopping. Alice Euphemia sells handmade jewellery, unique fashion garments and beautiful accessories. The owner for the past 15 years prides herself on hand-picking each of the one-off pieces and only stocking Australian made items.
The Waiting Room is a luxurious lobby bar in Crown Towers. The extravagant interior oozes opulence and style but it is the recent launch of 'High Coffee' that has everyone talking. This chocolate and coffee focused offering has everything from pecan pie to handmade éclairs filled with coffee cream, and talented bar tenders are always on hand to shake up some serious cocktails.
Sakura Lounge and Spa
8–10 Warburton Lane, Melbourne
Ph 03 9642 3663
Cathedral Arcade – Shop 6, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9650 4300
The Waiting Room
Crown Towers Lobby, Southbank
Ph 03 9292 5777
Phillip Island – Fig and Olive and Oak Tree Lodge
Phillip Island is known for its friendly hospitality so it's no surprise that Fig and Olive offers a casual and relaxed dining atmosphere with seriously tasty food. Their wood fired pizza is a great option for lunch or dinner and their share boards will suit group diners who are keen to just kick back and relax.
When it comes to boutique luxury accommodation, Oak Tree Lodge offers four spacious suites all with their own lounge areas, kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor seating areas surrounded by beautiful gardens. Choose between the Oak Leaf Suite, the Acorn Suite and the Boat House – all containing interconnecting doors that open up into one large house making it perfect for large groups and families looking for somewhere to stay on the island. There is also the self-contained Gate House which is decked out with everything you need, so the entire property can comfortably accommodate up to twelve guests in style.
Fig & Olive
115 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Phillip Island
Ph 03 5952 2655
Oak Tree Lodge Bed & Breakfast
32–34 Walton Street, Rhyll, Phillip Island
Ph 03 5956 9090
When it comes to shopping, especially for events such as Mothers Day, the sparkling Myer Melbourne has so much on offer. From the cozy sleepwear department, selling some of the biggest names in the biz like Peter Alexander, to the glamorous beauty floor where you can pick up fragrances, skincare and nail products. There's also plenty of make-up artists on hand to work their magic whenever the occasion calls for it. The home ware department located on level five is the perfect place to search for the trendiest gadgets and most practical appliances to update anyone's kitchen. If you're after somewhere to revive during your shop, why not sit down and enjoy a well-earned coffee and cake break at beautiful Brunetti. Whether you're after a delicious Italian style espresso or a custard filled cannoli, it's the perfect spot to indulge a little and watch the world go by.
Myer Melbourne City Store
314–336 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9661 1111
Paul Bangay Property – Daylesford
Stonefields is the pride and joy of famous Melbourne gardener Paul Bangay, who has been designing gardens for thirty years. His career has taken him everywhere from smart inner city courtyards and coastal retreats to country houses around the world. Attention to detail is what Paul is known for and every nook and cranny of his breath-taking garden has been carefully considered. The self-contained accommodation echoes Paul's main house of understated good taste. Located on an adjoining property framed by a beautiful garden and paddocks with grazing cattle, it really is the perfect place for rest and relaxation in the country. The house is decorated in a modern Australian country style featuring four roomy bedrooms, including a large comfortable lounge area along with a dining space and fully functional kitchen.
Paul Bangay Garden Design
Ph 03 9521 1599
Dog Lovers Show
Celebrate your beloved canine by heading to the Dog Lovers Show next weekend for educational seminars, puppy performances and thousands of doggy products.
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
When: 2–4 May, 2014
INTERPLAY by Sydney Dance Company
If dance is your thing, then book your tickets to the Sydney Dance Company's newest production – 'Interplay', which features sixteen of Australia's finest contemporary dancers.
Where: Southbank Theatre, Melbourne
When: 30 April – 10 May, 2014
The Rocky Horror Show
Take a jump to the left and join in the outrageous fun of The Rocky Horror show which is now showing at The Comedy Theatre.
Where: Comedy Theatre, Melbourne
When: From 23 April, 2014