A Cali-Inspired Bar and Restaurant that takes Melbourne Dining to New Heights

Plus: The Byron Bay hotel elevating after-sun skincare, Ganni’s next-gen it-bag – and more recommendations from the T Australia list.

Article by Victoria Pearson

Launch_BeverlyRooftop_April2023_High_003Photography courtesy of Beverly Rooftop.

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Stanley Nalo and Czack (Ses) Bero in "Bloodlines", part of the "Marrugeku Burrbgaja Yalirra 2" program. Photography by Carlita Sari.

Watch This: Carriageworks Presents the World Premiere of “Burrbgaja Yalirra 2”

Australian Indigenous intercultural dance company Marrugeku has launched “Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards) 2”, the follow-up to its critically acclaimed, international season of “Jurrungu Ngan-ga”. Dedicated to the collaboration of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to develop new dance languages that are “restless, transformative and unwavering”, Marrugeku’s latest production is shaped by a trilogy of short works, including “No New Gods”, “Bloodlines” and “Nuju”; each evoking “shadow worlds” that trace histories of relocation, cultural adaption and survival. The result of multi-year intensive dance laboratories, the program’s lead artists have “uncovered unique stories of their connections to their ancestors through who they are today,” says Marrugeku co-artistic director, Dalisa Pigram. Watch the performance at Carriageworks through April 29, 2023. carriageworks.com.au

Photography courtesy of Raes at Wategos.
Rationale launches at Raes' in-house spa. Photography courtesy of Raes x Rationale.
Rationale launches at Raes' in-house spa. Photography courtesy of Raes x Rationale.

Experience This: Rationale Takes Up Residence at Raes at Wategos

Situated mere steps from Byron Bay’s iconic Wategos beach, Raes is an indulgent homage to the region’s brand of laid-back living. The hotel’s whitewashed Spanish Mission-style exterior and Tamsin Johnson-revitalised interiors bring to mind iconic Slim Aarons stills, captured through a breezy, bohemian Aussie lens. Now, for a decadent reprieve from the sun, luxury skincare brand Rationale has taken up residence at Rae’s on-site spa. The Raes x Rationale experience, spanning four facial treatments and three body treatments, is available to guests and visitors, and harnesses professional bioactive ingredients, state-of-the-art facial modalities and firming massage techniques to achieve a Byron Bay-worthy state of glowing weightlessness. raes.com.au

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Ganni's next-gen Bou bag is crafted from recycled and synthetic leather. Photograhy courtesy of Ganni.

Buy This: Ganni’s Next-Gen Bag Goes Bou

Scandi fashion favourite Ganni is on a mission to shape a more responsible future for fashion, and after phasing out virgin leather in its ready-to-wear range the brand has turned its gaze toward accessories. Enter: the Bou. A softly hexagonal shaped carrier inspired by the “Copenhagen way of life”, the next-gen Bou bag (named after the brand’s creative director Ditte Reffstrups’s oldest daughter) was first unveiled at the AW 23 “Ganni Butterflies” show at Copenhagen Fashion Week, and is crafted from recycled leather and Ohoskin – a luxury leather alternative made of waste from orange and cacti farming. Available in six vibrant hues, the Bou bag retails from $595 and speaks to the brand’s innovative brand of cool, whilst holding fast to its environmental principles. ganni.com

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Patine Maldives. Photography courtesy of Luxury Escapes.

Experience This: A Round-the-Clock Concierge Platform for Luxury Travel Enthusiasts

For the past few years, the travel sector has muscled its way out of government mandated redundancy and into, according to Luxury Escapes’ “2023 Travel Trends Report”, the top spot on the discretionary spend list for Australians. Capitalising on the surge, the mobile-first Luxury Escapes (boasting seven million members) has announced the launch of Ultra Lux – a dedicated platform showcasing the world’s best hotels, resorts, tours and cruises. In a turn away from the quiet luxury movement, Ultra Lux encourages its members to indulge in a curated selection of once-in-a-lifetime bucket list travel experiences with launch partners including One & Only Resorts, Six Senses, Mandarin Oriental, COMO and Intercontinental, alongside a host of globally renowned properties such as Maldives’ Soneva Fushi, New York City’s The Plaza, Dubai’s Atlantis The Royal, among others. Ultra Lux customers will be granted access to the platform’s 27/7 concierge service, as well as complimentary airport transfers from home. luxuryescapes.com

Photography courtesy of Beverly Rooftop.

Drink Here: A Bar and Restaurant Perched High Above Melbourne

The Victorian capital entices from ground level, but there’s something special about a view from the top. The latest venture from partners Cam Northway, Marco Gattino and Lachlan Thompson, Beverly, merges California sophistication with a panoramic backdrop atop Chapel Street’s new Goldfields House, and features 270-degree views of the Yarra River, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena and Port Melbourne Bay. Echoing the laidback atmosphere of Los Angeles’ rooftop bar culture, Beverly’s dusty pink, terracotta and bottle green interiors (care of design team Mitchell & Eades) play ball with the bar’s curation of cocktails, sake and wine, and the David Ball-helmed kitchen serving up freshly shucked oysters with tequila mignonette, mac ‘n’ cheese with truffled gouda and selection of fire-charred proteins. beverlyrooftop.com.au