In the middle of winter, it makes sense that you’d dream of getting away to a tropical island where you could sip a freshly squeezed juice amongst the sounds of colourful birds chirping. Mind-blowingly, this will be a reality in the city this winter, with QV Melbourne opening the QV Tropical Retreat, a beach-themed shopping and dining destination. There will also be a range of summer-y events in the pop-up (which lasts until June 27) – tropical terrarium or cocktail classes anyone? Or, just go for the look and feel. Towering palm trees? Check. Tiki-thatched roof? Check. Smell of coconut in the air, as well as a humid temperature? It’s all there. And the opening night party proved it.
Philip Boon and friend
Helen Reizer, Shiva Singam, Suzanne Carbone
Dasha and Colin Gold
Sounds of Polynesia performers
Photos by Anthony Licuria