CONSISTENTLY NAMED one of the most livable cities in the world, Melbourne offers plenty for visitors to do as well. Known as Australia’s cultural and sporting capital, this city of almost 5 million on the Yarra River attracts visitors who stroll its cobbled laneways, attend cricket matches, explore the lively arts scene and enjoy world-class dining.
Those wanting to experience the city’s bohemian scene make their way to Fitzroy, Melbourne’s first suburb, located less than a mile north of the city center. In the early 20th century, the area had become slum territory but experienced a resurgence in the 1980s. Attracted by low rents, artists began moving in, which attracted other creatives, and now the neighborhood flourishes with art galleries, coffee shops and local designers’ boutiques.
You’ll find locally made items from more than 100 artisans at Rose Street Artists’ Market, held every Saturday and Sunday. Check out the stores along Gertrude Street for records, second-hand books and vintage clothing.
Melbourne is one of the world’s leading street art cities, and a Fitzroy Street Art Tour includes a history of the area and the story of the ever-evolving street art scene.
Fitzroy boasts just about every type of cuisine, from falafels to fried chicken. Vegans will want to check out Yong Green Food, Trippy Taco and Smith & Daughters, where guests rave about the desserts and the ragu and polenta dish. If you wonder what the world’s best croissant tastes like, get in line at Lune Croissanterie. For a fine-dining experience, grab a seat at Cutler & Co., housed in an old metalworks factory and voted one of the top restaurants in Australia.
Take in killer views of Melbourne with an adult beverage from a rooftop bar like Naked in the Sky, featuring beer, ciders, infused vodkas and tapas-style dishes.
Keep your fitness routine going with a trip to one of Melbourne’s most popular parks, Edinborough Gardens, where you can run or play tennis or basketball. Bring your workout clothes for “pay as you feel” yoga classes offered by Blooming Happy Yoga. The park offers access to the Main Yarra Trail, a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.
As more destinations around the globe reopen to travelers, we are ready to get back to one of our favorite activities. Join us over the next several weeks as we take you to places around the world saying #WelcomeBacktoTravel. Take a visual journey through Charleston, South Carolina, with us.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Velas Resorts’ new Group Takeover Program offers a spin on the classic working vacation. With so many industries going fully remote and leaving the office for good, companies can now take advantage of the flexibility with offers like Velas Resorts Group Takeover Program, guaranteeing exclusive, private use of the hotel for corporate functions, meetings and group events.
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Atlantis, The Palm offers global guests staying five or more nights the opportunity to claim back the cost of their respective countries’ departure PCR test now through April 30, 2021. Many travelers are required to present a negative PCR test before arriving in the UAE, and the luxury resort will give back the full cost of the tests for two guests per room to spend as in-resort credit. For a PCR test that costs up to $190, two guests will receive the full amount back to spend at the resort, including food and beverage, spa or waterpark experiences.
IHG® Business Edge provides small- to midsized enterprises with benefits and confidence to navigate the evolving business travel environment.
Premium travelers know the benefits of holding a first- or business- class ticket extend beyond those front-of-the-craft cabins boasting lie-flat seats, fine dining and top-shelf wines and liquors. Yes, extra baggage allowances and access to priority check-in, security, boarding and luggage retrieval also make the travel experience more pleasant. Perhaps the perk experienced flyers most appreciate, however, is access to airport lounges.