Our top hol­i­day spots

Vic­to­ria is full of great places to stay for a hol­i­day. Es­cape and the RACV want you to choose the best 101 places. In the first in a se­ries, we look at some Vic­to­rian Tourism Award win­ners.

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Crown Prom­e­nade

This stylish Mel­bourne ho­tel is the per­fect place to en­joy re­laxed liv­ing, with 465 spa­cious guest rooms, in­clud­ing 18 stu­dios and three lux­ury suites. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows of­fer im­pres­sive city or bay views.

Rooms come with a 68cm flatscreen TV, in-house movies, Sony PlaySta­tion, work desk with high­speed in­ter­net data points and IDD phone, mini bar, cof­fee and tea­mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

The Deck leisure cen­tre has a 25m heated in­door in­fin­ity swim­ming pool, heated spa pool, fully equipped gym, cafe´ lounge area, ac­tiv­i­ties stu­dio and two out­door deck ar­eas.

Mel­bourne Big4 Hol­i­day Park

Only 9km north of the CBD, the park’s lo­ca­tion makes it the ideal jump-off point to Mel­bourne’s many at­trac­tions, events, venues, the­atres, restau­rants and shop­ping.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion ranges from spa cot­tages, two and three-bed­room self-con­tained vil­las to bud­get cabins, en­suite sites, pow­ered and un­pow­ered camp­ing sites with shade trees and gar­dens.

Cabins are equipped with cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties, air­con­di­tion­ing, heat­ing, tele­vi­sions, elec­tric blan­kets on the dou­ble or queen beds, cook­ing uten­sils, cut­lery, crock­ery, toi­lets and show­ers, while stan­dard cabins share toi­let and shower fa­cil­i­ties.

The park has two con­fer­ence rooms, a so­lar heated pool and heated spa com­plex, cen­trally heated ameni­ties, bar­be­cues, games and TV rooms, camp kitchen, chil­dren’s play­ground, in­ter­net kiosk and free in-house movies.

Mon­reale Es­tate

This lux­ury self-con­tained B&B is in Sas­safras, about an hour’s drive from Mel­bourne in the Dan­de­nongs.

The es­tate com­prises a 100-yearold coun­try house, four cot­tages and two re­treats, rain­for­est gar­dens, wa­ter­falls, ponds of rain­bow trout, a bab­bling brook and tree fern groves.

The cot­tages and re­treats are self­ca­ter­ing and spa­cious with large floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows.

Re­lax in a spa bath filled with warm wa­ter from Mon­reale’s nat­u­ral spring and deluxe spas in the open­plan liv­ing area. Im­merse your­self in lux­ury with wood fires, fully equipped kitchens and coun­try-style de´ cor.

Guests can en­joy the en­vi­ron­ment while main­tain­ing pri­vacy. At night ex­ter­nal lighting high­lights the for­est.

Sun­downer Ovens Val­ley Mo­tor Inn

Only 1.5km from Bright town cen­tre, this is a great place to stay when vis­it­ing Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buf­falo. There is a reg­u­lar bus from Bright to the snow­fields.

The area of­fers great food and wine, lots of at­trac­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties, and many hik­ing trails.

Green fields and tow­er­ing hills sur­round the mo­tor inn and the Rail Trail, while river walk­ing tracks start out­side the front gate.

The prop­erty has 24 units, an out­door heated pool, spa and sauna, ten­nis court, in­ter­net ac­cess, free Aus­tar, laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties, skiers dry­ing room, free park­ing and an un­der­cover pool­side bar­be­cue area.

It can cater for con­fer­ences and events for up to 70 guests and the restau­rant and bar is open for break­fast and din­ner.

All Sea­sons House­boats

Dis­cover the Mur­ray aboard an All Sea­sons House­boat, with a fleet of seven four to five-star boats. The boats of­fer roof-top spas, un­der­cover sun­decks and apart­ment-style liv­ing, roof-top driv­ing helm, gourmet bar­be­cue and en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas, large bed­rooms and bath­rooms and air­con­di­tion­ing.

Time­seemins to slow down on the ma­jes­tic Mur­ray.

All boats have tow­els and bed linen, in­clud­ing doonas, blan­kets and pil­lows, and kitchens with mi­crowave, stove/ ovens, cut­lery, crock­ery and glasses.

There are bar­be­cues and all boats have out­door din­ing ta­bles. There are full canopies and roof top spas on se­lected boats.

Award win­ner: Chil­dren en­joy the pool at Mel­bourne Big4 caravan park.

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