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The Xiang Club is Melbourne’s premier day spa and club, offering a range of luxurious services to clients in need of some upscale pampering. While massages, skin treatments and exclusive Komodo club nights are some of what’s on offer, Xiang Club’s mandate extends to fine dining in the form of traditional Asian tea ceremonies, British high tea, and five-star Chinese dining courtesy of one of Australia’s top Chinese chefs. As if that weren’t enough, Xiang Club’s Bourke Street premises, a strikingly designed complex right in the heart of Melbourne’s city centre, contain numerous bar and lounge areas for fine wines, exotic cocktails and more.
It’s difficult to encapsulate Xiang Club in mere words – this is one venue that needs to be seen and experienced to be believed. Fitted out to the highest standards, the design of this exclusive club along Bourke Street in the city centre is stunning. Inside, guests can make use of a range of health and wellbeing services alongside the simple pleasures afforded by the kind of upscale bar and lounge culture that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere in Melbourne. It’s all about relaxation and indulgent luxury here, no matter your appetite. Needless to say, whether you’re down for a single malt and a cigar or a full day spa experience, capped by an internationally-acclaimed Chinese banquet, you need to get your name on the list well in advance – reservations are sought-after and absolutely essential.
When it comes to food and drink, Xiang Club is something special. Dedicated to preserving the art of the Asian tea ceremony – something that befits the Far East-design aesthetic that informs much of this city centre retreat’s design – guests can indulge in traditional tea house craft, hosted by trained tea masters, replete with with boutique teas supplied by Melbourne’s LaoSheTeahouse. The British high tea or afternoon tea is also on the cards, too, with more of an emphasis on the delicate finger food that traditionally accompanies this true blue tradition: macaroons and freshly baked coffee cake, creme brulee and fruit ice cream, crystal prawn and steamed caviar dumplings, served on Royal Albert three-tier stands and tableware. For the full Xiang Club dining experience, you need to reserve a spot in the dining room supervised by award-winning chef Mr. Yu, one of China’s top chefs and dedicated to introducing the world to the nuances of regional Chinese cuisines. Though chef Yu is unafraid to combine bold international flourishes to his five-star menus, what you have here is undoubtedly some of Melbourne’s best Chinese cuisine.