If you’re sitting on the plane (or anywhere really) reading this and dreading the thought of staying with your family, we’ve got a suggestion, don’t.
Don’t turn into the Scrooge of your brood because we all know staying with your in-laws can be a tough gig. Leave those petty family tiffs behind and treat the in-laws (or yourself) to accommodation so good, they’ll never feel like staying at your place again! Melbourne’s Chapel Street Precinct is one of the most iconic areas in Australia and is recognised worldwide for its world-class food, drink, fashion and entertainment.
Don’t crack it with your family before you pop your Christmas crackers. We recommend not staying with your in-laws this Christmas, but instead, putting them (or you) up. Up, up and away! Here are some amazing places to escape the in-laws…
Black marble ensuites, concierge and rooms so amazing even your mother-in-law would approve. The Como has everything the ‘beloved in-laws’ will need for a lush stay in South Yarra. They will never want to leave that sun deck, let alone the rooftop pool during an Aussie Summer. They can lavishly lounge away all day here (out of your hair), until it’s time to go shopping, of course. This stylish hotel combines up-market chic with discreet charm, exemplary facilities and outstanding service. Slip into their Japanese-style baths and soak in that sweet, sweet luxury. Summer at The Como never looked so fab. Just remember, keep an eye out for those cheeky Como Ducks.
Beautifully sophisticated through John Olsen’s love of the land, this hotel will have you feeling arty, inspired and a little extraordinary. Oh and that pool! You may know the one. Glass-bottomed and usually in exclusive use by lucky holidaymakers without a care in the world. Well, guess what? It is time to embrace a refined lifestyle and leave your worries behind. Staying at The Olsen is a special treat we think you deserve this Christmas! Far better than being back in your single bed, in the room that hasn’t changed since you left home 10 years ago.
Want the in-laws to feel like locals? Then let them stay like one. Quest Prahran apartments come with kitchens big enough to cook a turkey for the whole family. Maybe Christmas lunch can be hosted here, instead of your place?! Right in the heart of the Chapel Street Precinct you could take a morning stroll to the Yarra River and loop back via Two Birds One Stone for a morning croissant (or two). The Quest Prahran can be your in-laws home away from home and a short mosey from Chapel Street’s best sights. Plus, they’re dog-friendly. So, the families goodest boy can join the paw-some Christmas fun!
Bold, daring and impulsive, splattered with original Adam Cullen artworks, The Cullen is the cool kid in Chapel Precinct. The in-laws will add an extra digit to their street cred just by walking through the doors. Let them wake up in one of the Art Series signature beds to all the luxuries at their feet; with a fully equipped kitchenette, two award-winning restaurants and Art Series Smart Cars on hand for hire. Located in the heart of Prahran, just moments from the iconic Prahran Market and the boutique Greville Street.
Now, that’s what I call a stress free Christmas break and laying down the law to the in-laws.
By Michelle Fifi
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