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This new skyscraper doubles as a living garden — and it'll be home to the Four Seasons Melbourne

February 21 2022
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This new skyscraper doubles as a living garden — and it'll be home to the Four Seasons Melbourne
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Four Seasons almost always delivers a truly elevated experience for guests at its hotels and resorts around the world. But now the Canadian brand is really reaching for the sky with the announcement of a new hotel in Melbourne, Australia, that will be situated in a skyscraper complex redefining the city's skyline.

Located in STH BNK By Beulah, an upcoming dual-tower complex costing upwards of $1.4 billion, Four Seasons Melbourne will occupy the top floors of the western tower, the shorter of the towers being built. When it's complete (in about five years), the other tower will be the tallest building in Australia.

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The building will also be home to the tallest vertical garden in the world, or as Melbourne-based Beulah, the project's developers call it, a "greenscraper."

A "verticle mini-metropolis," the sleek STH BNK By Beulah will comprise four sets of private residences, public and green spaces, a 3,000-seat auditorium, offices, a rooftop sky garden, a childcare center, a health and wellness precinct, shopping areas, cultural spaces and, of course, the new Four Seasons.

(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons)

To get into the hotel, guests will travel to the Sky Lobby, located on the 63rd floor, to check into one of its 210 rooms on the top floors of the tower overlooking Melbourne. While the hotel is still very much in the planning phase, future guests can expect a "world-class integrated health and wellness experience, a sprawling rooftop restaurant and bar and multiple event spaces."

Guests can also take advantage of STH BNK By Beaulah's amenities, such as coworking spaces, cultural programming, garden areas and a market hall.

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"This project will set a new standard for luxury in Melbourne, offering guests an exceptional Four Seasons experience set within an environment that will be unmatched in this market," Bart Carnahan, president of global business development and portfolio management for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, said in a statement.

"At Four Seasons, we look for opportunities where we can be part of innovative new projects, with partners who share our vision for excellence — Four Seasons Hotel Melbourne is no exception, and we look forward to welcoming guests through our doors in the years ahead."

(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons)

Construction on this modern (and very green) new development is scheduled to begin in late 2022 with completion expected in five years.

As of Feb. 21, Australia has reopened for quarantine-free tourism for vaccinated travelers. But while five years is a long time to wait for this exciting new project, new hotels and resorts all over Australia have opened their doors during the pandemic that you can actually visit now.

Related: 8 things to know before visiting Australia

(Photo courtesy of Marriott)

Down in Hobart, the capital of Tazmania, The Tasman, part of Marriott's Luxury Collection, is welcoming guests in a beautiful collection of heritage buildings that date back to the 1840s. Guests can book rooms at this stylish new Category 5 Marriott Bonvoy from 35,000 points for a standard award night. You can also grab a delicious cocktail at the secret bar Mary Maryl — if you can find it.

(Image courtesy of Sequoia)

For a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, Sequoia, located in the hills outside of Adelaide, offers an adults-only experience in one of Australia's main wine regions. There, natural hot pools, gourmet food from a renowned chef and sunrise yoga are just a few of the experiences on offer at the resort, which starts around $856 per night.

And back in Melbourne, Marriott Bonvoy members and Hilton Honors fanatics will be glad to hear about new properties where they can earn or burn some points. At the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, a historic building got a new life as a hotel with an Italian-meets-modern-Australian restaurant available to book starting at 42,000 points per night.

In the CBD, the design-forward W Melbourne has 294 rooms, an indoor pool and a restaurant and cocktail bar waiting for your visit which can be booked between 40,000 to 60,000 points per night.

But if you only rest your head on a Four Seasons pillow, you'll have to head to Sydney, where the only Four Seasons hotel in Australia is located — at least for now.

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