Stel­lar hospi­tal­ity group Como has out­fit­ted a Perth ar­chi­tec­tural gem in pala­tial suites and serene ameni­ties.

Belle - - Contents - Words HARRY ROBERTS

Perth’s Como The Trea­sury ho­tel is a sanc­tu­ary in the city.

Lux­ury ho­tel group Como has at­tained an al­most de­vout fol­low­ing among style-savvy trav­ellers for its col­lec­tion of be­spoke well­ness re­treats set amid restora­tive nat­u­ral splen­dour, yet the brand’s first Aus­tralian of­fer­ing is an oa­sis of a dif­fer­ent kind. Como The Trea­sury is a sanc­tu­ary in the city, oc­cu­py­ing the his­toric State Build­ings in the cen­tre of Perth. An ur­ban block com­pris­ing three Vic­to­rian-era land­marks, which have at var­i­ous stages hosted the WA Trea­sury, Post Of­fice and of­fices for the premier and cab­i­net, the site has been spec­tac­u­larly re-imag­ined by Kerry Hill Ar­chi­tects as a cul­tural precinct with a plethora of bars and restau­rants. Lofty pro­por­tions and a mood of re­strained el­e­gance make this the per­fect foil for Como, with the ho­tel and holis­tic health cen­tre of­fer­ing a salu­bri­ous respite from the city while em­brac­ing the cos­mopoli­tan set­ting.

Ac­cessed via a stylish lobby, where the State Build­ings’ grand bones con­trast with con­tem­po­rary pieces by Bas­sam­fel­lows and Mo­roso, the 48 gue­strooms range from ex­pan­sive City Rooms to pos­i­tively pala­tial suites, each tes­sel­lat­ing within the orig­i­nal struc­ture so that no two share the same con­fig­u­ra­tion. With high ceil­ings and vast win­dows over­look­ing St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral and mod­ernist gem Coun­cil House, these light-filled spa­ces are swathed in a calm­ing pal­ette of limed oak, leather, bur­nished brass and, in the enor­mous bath­rooms, lash­ings of creamy traver­tine. The qui­etude af­fected by this min­i­mal­ist scheme be­lies ex­tra­or­di­nary at­ten­tion to de­tail – from bed­side bot­tle open­ers by Fort Stan­dard to Como Shamb­hala ameni­ties – and ex­udes a grav­i­tas be­fit­ting the site.

The seren­ity con­tin­ues down­stairs at Como Shamb­hala Ur­ban Es­cape. In­formed by East­ern and Western tra­di­tions, Shamb­hala is an es­sen­tial el­e­ment of the cov­eted Como ex­pe­ri­ence, here of­fer­ing fa­cial and body treat­ments, beauty care, mas­sage ther­a­pies and yoga. Al­most akin to a con­ver­sion ex­pe­ri­ence, the spa’s sooth­ing as­ceti­cism and holis­tic well­ness ther­a­pies are re­in­forced by the vi­ta­min-rich, largely veg­e­tar­ian fare com­pris­ing Como Shamb­hala cui­sine, which is avail­able to or­der in-room and at Post, a lively con­tem­po­rary bistro ad­ja­cent to the ground-floor Postal Hall. More up­scale din­ing can be found at the fourth floor’s Wild­flower, with a sea­sonal ‘farmer-and­for­ager-driven’ menu matched by sweep­ing Swan River views.

And for those who’ve seen the light and can’t quite leave the ho­tel’s nour­ish­ing ethos be­hind, founder Christina Ong shares 147 sig­na­ture recipes from the Como Shamb­hala kitchen in her book The Plea­sures of Eat­ing Well. Both the tome and The Trea­sury prove that city life needn’t pre­clude a lit­tle food for the soul. co­mo­ho­­sury

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