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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

AF­TER ex­plor­ing the bou­tiques of Toorak Road in Mel­bourne’s fash­ion­able South Yarra neigh­bour­hood, there could be few more wel­come op­por­tu­ni­ties than re­lax­ing pool­side, cock­tail in hand. But where to find such an oa­sis in the bustling me­trop­o­lis? Tak­ing its cues from chic prop­er­ties in New York, Hol­ly­wood and Bali, The Olsen, flag­ship of the Art Se­ries bou­tique ho­tel group, has launched The Pool Club. Ev­ery Sun­day un­til the end of Fe­bru­ary, sun wor­ship­pers can spend the af­ter­noon laz­ing on The Olsen’s roof ter­race or be­side its 25m glass-bot­tomed pool over­look­ing Chapel Street. The on-site Spoon­bill Restau­rant & Bar will de­liver re­fresh­ments — a Bil­l­abong cock­tail made with gin, el­der­flower liquor and cu­cum­ber ac­com­pa­nied by a dozen oys­ters, per­haps? — while a DJ prom­ises to keep things up­beat. The 229-suite Olsen is one of three Mel­bourne Art Se­ries ho­tels fea­tur­ing the works of lead­ing Aus­tralian artists. Sis­ter prop­er­ties The Cullen and The Black­man are a stone’s-throw away; The Wat­son is now un­der con­struc­tion be­side the River Tor­rens at Ade­laide’s Walk­erville. More: the­olsen.com.au.

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