It's no secret that Julio's Italian is a favourite of mine, selecting the venue for the La Primavera event mid last year. Channeling a Mediterranean mood, contrasting white washed walls, exposed brick and charm fill the light filled and newly restored heritage building that is Julio’s. With it’s stained wooden floor boards, intricate archways, modern lighting and character mantle pieces it's hard not to fall in love with the place! Built in 1902 as the Walsh family home, the breathtaking architecture, interior and atmosphere makes for a one of a kind experience, that which is both refined and relaxed at the same time.
But what you may not know, is that with the renovation came a newly built hotel attached to it - The Sage Hotel, located right in the heart of West Perth, boasting views of Perth CBD, and a brisk walk or ride away from Perth City and the beautiful Kings Park. I recently had a little Staycation at the hotel, and was able to experience all that it has to offer, and found it was the most perfect venue for a modern Bachelorette Party.
For those that have a friend that doesn't care for the traditional Bachelorette happenings, and would rather trade it in for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend with girlfriends, the Sage West Perth and Julio's make for the perfect partners. Gather the girls and have them check into the Sage and enjoy a complimentary car bay overnight. After they have checked in enjoy a lunch all together in Julio's stunning dining room, where you can enjoy their finest range of cocktails (including Old Cubans - a personal favourite) and a set menu lunch which can be organised by the bridesmaids prior to the day, making it easier for a set amount per head.
For those that have a friend that doesn't care for the traditional Bachelorette happenings, and would rather trade it in for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend with girlfriends, the Sage West Perth and Julio's make for the perfect partners.
After lunch, jump onto the complimentary bikes that Sage Hotel offers and make your way down to the outdoor Moonlight Cinema (the Summer program runs between December 1st and April 2nd) enjoying the sunset and then a movie. Return back to the hotel or a nearby restaurant for a light dinner and drinks before you all head up to your rooms for some beauty sleep. In the morning, enjoy complimentary breakfast together at Julio's Hotel before checking out mid morning.
Have the bride-to-be pack an over-night bag, tell her to dress casual, and surprise her with a gorgeously decorated dining room and weekend away that isn't over the top expensive or that you have to drive hours to get to.
Enjoy the delights and authentic flavours of Italy in the restaurant, where executive Chef Simone Ariano has developed a menu inspired by the authentic wholesome flavours of his home town, and everything created from the freshest locally sourced ingredients. The menu is great for sharing and is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or light bites with drinks. I can't go past the Truffle & Parmesan Arancini, the Italian Olives with Mediterranean Herbs, the Beer Battered Potatoes with Truffle Oil & Parmesan Cheese, and the Gnocchi of the moment.
Decorating the Dining Room
To make the lunch extra special for the bride-to-be, decorate Julio's Dining room with flowers, sentiments and name placement cards. For a little inspiration have a peek here at La Primavera
Sage Hotel also offers complimentary bicycles and helmets for it's guests. Bikes are such a great and safe way to get around to the nearby cafes, bars and entertainment and are adjustable for all heights and perfect for all levels of experience. Few bikes have front baskets so it's a great idea to bring a back pack or smaller bags that can all be pilled into a few of the baskets.
Mornings at Sage
You'll feel like you're sleeping on clouds with the custom-made beds designed specifically for the Hotel. Luckily, breakfast runs until mid-morning and can be ordered to your room or enjoyed down in Julio's dining room. The dining room however is beautiful and light filled in the mornings with a gorgeous continental breakfast spread to be enjoyed.
What you can expect
Great customer service, complimentary parking for one car overnight, fast free wi-fi on unlimited devices, great food & drinks, bicycle usage, a 24hour gym, 24 hour room service, incredible views and dreamy beds in a perfect and easy location!
..so go on Bridesmaids, get planning!