Home' LOTL : October 2004 Contents BEDDING DOWN WITH THE BEST
If you are in the market for some luxury accommodation,
just two minutes drive from the Sanctuary is Susan's in the
Valley. This prestige property elegantly situated on two acres of
manicured gardens with a resort style pool offers the weary
traveller a touch of Toorak. Decorated in Louis XV and Louis
XVI furniture with a camp splash of leopardskin here and
there, Susan's is a treat. The beds are firm and expansive, and
the showers big enough for two. And if you are missing your
own pets, you will be enchanted by Susan's two adorable
chocolate Burmese moggies. The gourmet breakfasts, made to
order, are superb -- from simply succulent stewed pears to eggs
benedict draped with smoked salmon and asparagus. Four-
course dinners can be arranged with notice and Susan is a
gracious hostess, attending to your every need from her
commercial style kitchen. Pre-dinner drinks can be ser ved in
her intimate bar, and an after-dinner port by the fire.
Equally stunning is Mt Rael, a contemporary retreat
perched high on a mountaintop with unparalleled views of the
Yarra Valley. This establishment is the vision of three gay guys
who have aimed for the peak of modern luxury -- and reached
it. Choose from five separate guest suites accented with
designer furniture, original retro pieces and funky collectibles.
Each room is the epitome of cool, individually named and
themed and featuring fresh, subtle colours that echo the
palette of the natural environment outside your window. You
will be in seventh heaven especially if you dine at their stylish
restaurant, the menu of which features the best and freshest
possible produce from the Yarra Valley far below. Remember
to enjoy a glass or three of something good on the spectacular
viewing deck and then retire to your suite after just enough
indulgence to relax in your modish abode before bedding
down in designer manchester and awaking to a stunning view.
Sometimes the perfect gay-friendly getaway can be as
elusive as the platypus in the wild. Isn't it good to know it's all
waiting for you in rural Victoria.
For more information visit www.visitvictoria.com/gaytravel
LOTL visited Walhalla, Warburton and Healesville
courtesy of Tourism Victoria.
AND IF YOU ARE MISSING YOUR OWN PETS, YOU
WILL BE ENCHANTED BY SUSAN'S TWO ADORABLE
CHOCOLATE BURMESE MOGGIES.
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