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Melbourne Central's New Rooftop Pool Club and Bar Will Open Next Week

And the new Reunion Island Pool Club is now taking private bookings.
By Sarah Ward and Libby Curran
October 20, 2018
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Melbourne Central's New Rooftop Pool Club and Bar Will Open Next Week

And the new Reunion Island Pool Club is now taking private bookings.
By Sarah Ward and Libby Curran
October 20, 2018
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It's no secret that Jerome Borazio is an ideas man, and a pretty good one at that. Not only is he the mind behind the 18-year-old Laneway Festival, he sold us all on the concept of camping in the CBD with his award-winning rooftop glamping set-up. The latter closed in April this year, but, come Friday, October 26, that same sky-high space above Melbourne Central will be activated again — this time as a rooftop pool, bar and leisure club dubbed The Reunion Island Pool Club.

Initially launching for private bookings only ahead of its full opening, the project plays to Melbourne's love of the outdoors and will be kitted out with palm trees and design elements of a public pool. While it won't be the CBD's only rooftop pool bar (see: The Adelphi), it will be the only one to offer classes, a sauna and spa offerings. Plus, those private parties will take place ten temperature-controlled plunge pools.

Set to run through to April 2019, the oasis will kick off each day at 7am as a leisure club, tempting early morning punters with a holistic offering of rooftop yoga, pilates and massages. Later in the day and evening, you'll be able to stop by for a splash, or just some poolside socialising and a well-earned after-work rooftop tipple right up until 11pm. Basically, prepare to spend many a steamy Melbourne evening up here.

Price-wise, your sky-high waterside party will start from $10 for regular entry only. For entry and a splash, that'll set you back $18. Limited shower and changeroom facilities will be available, and you can rent a locker for $5. And as for classes, they'll commence from $20 per person, and will run day and night.

If you're feeling cashed up, private options are available for between four and six, eight and ten, and ten and 12 people, starting at $100 for four — including a beverage — for an hour. You can extend your stay from $60 per hour, include a sauna session for $5 or nab a Turkish towel, visor or stubby holder.

The food and drink selection will include a six-month pop-up poolside snack kiosk from Jimmy Hurlston, Superfluid slinging juice and tonic and a Gintonica garden — with everything from club sandwiches, pizzas and burgers, to vegetarian options, to cocktails, Kirin Ichiban brews and Pimms on tap on offer.

The Reunion Island Pool Club will also feature a General Store, showcasing a heap of the venue's fashion partners.

The Reunion Island Pool Club will open at Level 3/271 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne on Friday, October 26. Private bookings are now available from $100 for an hour for two-to-four people, while regular entry prices will start at $10.

Published on October 20, 2018 by Sarah Ward

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