Mansion Hotel & Spa
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Once a Jesuit seminary, Mansion Hotel & Spa, a boutique hotel just outside Melbourne, has slipped off its chastity belt to become a favourite weekend escape for pleasure-seeking city folk. The 1870s Italianate manor has been joined by a modern wing, and restraint and religious instruction have been replaced with a romantic restaurant, slinky cocktail bar and a seriously seductive day spa. Surrounded by Australia's largest parterre gardens, polo grounds and an award-winning sculpture park, this hedonistic hotel is the ultimate adults' hideaway.
To get set for a steamy weekend, hightail it to the Spa, where you'll find a Turkish-style hammam, eight treatment rooms with Vichy showers, a 17-metre heated pool and sigh-inducing massages.
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