QUARANTINED AT THE
RITZ-CARLTON SUITE IN PERTH?
Imagine being quarantined in the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Suite in Perth, Australia. Sadly, I’m not there right now so all I can do is dream about my past visit. But I thought it would be fun to ask, ‘what if?’, and explore the hotel with you. That way, when this quarantine is all over and you’re thinking of travelling once again, you might go and visit for yourself and experience first-hand what I’m about to share with you!
The 277 sqm (2982 sqft) Ritz-Carlton Suite is the largest room available at the 5-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Perth. That’s more than enough space to keep you comfortable during a quarantine period, whether you’re alone, as a couple, or with the whole family. Located on the 18th floor of the building, this room offers the best panoramic view of the city thanks to its sprawling balcony and large windows. Looking out, you’ll see Swan River to one side and the city skyline/urban parks to the other. The Suite has been designed with care - to offer the most comfortable stay – featuring an abundance of art and contemporary furniture.
277 SQM SUITE
Netflix & Chill has become even more popular in these times of quarantine (speaking from experience), and the Suite would accommodate your series binging with ease, thanks to a 55-inch LED TV coupled with a Bang & Olufsen sound system. The Suite also features spacious living and dining rooms as well as a separate study – just in case you need to get some actual work done. Naturally there’s a kitchenette – great if you want to share your cooking talent on Instagram Stories – but I think the 24h room service is an easier option.
From dawn till dusk natural light will fill the lavish living space thanks to the large floor-to-ceiling windows – something I really enjoyed in this room – offering unobstructed views of the city whilst almost conjuring up a vertiginous feeling if you walk right up to them!
Moving to the bathroom, 2 people could easily make use of its facilities whilst still respecting the 1.5m recommended social distancing requirement. Yes, the bathroom is spacious! Covered with gorgeous white marble from floor to ceiling, the room features an oversized standalone bathtub and a separate rainforest shower which is also ample in space; giving plenty of options when it comes to showering – either by yourself or with your loved one (social distancing can still be maintained!). Asprey amenities ensure your skincare routine is upheld, and the plush Ritz-Carlton robe (probably the softest thing I have ever worn) is standing by to help with your post-shower relaxation.
I haven’t even mentioned the bed, which transforms sleeping into an occasion to be enjoyed, thanks to luxurious bed linens, goose down pillows and duvet, made by Frette.
Priced at around 5,100€ / 8,710AUD a night, it’s not the cheapest way to spend quarantine, but it sure is the most comfortable.
Let’s take a moment to wander around the rest of the hotel; after all I wasn’t in lockdown during my visit!
Without a doubt one of my favorite spots in the hotel is the heated outdoor infinity pool overlooking Elizabeth Quay. Located on the same floor as the rooftop bar, it is the perfect place to sunbathe and cool off in the afternoon heat.
Staying with the theme of relaxation brings us to the Ritz-Carlton Spa. An abundance of natural decor and perfumed scents really helps you to be at ease. Prior to my massage, I’m invited to visit the vitality pool – there are two, separated for men and women – which too offers a great view outside. After a refreshing visit to the pool I head for my massage. An hour-long session is a great way to relax before evening drinks at the bar.
After a quick outfit change in my room, I take the elevator to The Songbird rooftop bar & terrace. It is the perfect place to watch the sun set. The Ritz-Carlton’s signature cocktail – after which the bar is named – is served in a handmade glass shaped like a swan. This is only available between the sunset hour of 5:30-6:30pm, during which the barman breaks a large piece of ice containing 24K gold leaf to welcome the cocktails – a signature Ritz-Carlton ritual.
BAR & LOUNGE
Before leaving the hotel to share some other #RCmemories with you, we must take a look at the lobby.
The interior design is heavily influenced by the natural beauty of Western Australia. The 13-metre-high ceiling is covered in over 10,000 pieces of handpicked Kimberley sandstone whilst also holding a chandelier inspired by the cascading waters of the Karijini gorges. I forgot to mention that the Ritz-Carlton, Perth, is in fact the 100th hotel to be opened by the brand, and hence I was there for the special inauguration. Prior to that however, I was able to spend a few days in the hotel and as it was pretty much empty because closed to the public, I guess it could count as a quarantine!
10,000 PIECES OF
So that is what quarantine would look like staying in the Ritz-Carlton Suite. Not a bad way to spend isolation if you ask me. But before I left Australia (pre-lockdown of course), I was able to fit in a few other adventures.
I couldn’t come all this way without a visit to Rottnest Island, home to the quokka: with a population of around 12,000, it is the only mammal native to the island. They’re extremely friendly, spending most of the day eating leaves or taking selfies with the visitors :)
The island is surrounded by picturesque beaches, crystal clear water and some amazing snorkeling spots, so hiring some equipment is well worth it. Back on the mainland we made a stop at the Caversham Wildlife Park, as no trip to Australia is complete without saying hi to the kangaroos and koalas.
Nor I couldn’t leave without a quick spot of surfing! I drove a Bentley Bentayga Centenary Edition – the surfboard fit inside with ease - down to the nearby beach and parked up, ready for my first-time riding the waves!
After a few lessons and some advice from the local instructor, I finally felt ready to try it by myself. Even on the smallest waves, you realise how difficult it is to begin with, but it’s also a lot of fun. I’m definitely looking forward to trying it out again when my balance has improved!
This first trip to Australia has been amazing and I hope the country will recover well from the devastation caused by the recent fires. I hope you enjoyed discovering Perth through my #RCmemories and will consider visiting yourself!
Stay safe and stay classy.
Special thanks to all the teams of the Ritz-Carlton Perth for their warm welcome, for more information about the hotel use the following link : www.ritzcarlton.com/perth
Thanks to Bentley Perth dealership for the Bentley Bentayga drive, get more informtion about the luxury SUV and availabilities in Perth with the following link : www.perth.bentleymotors.com
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