Melbourne’s watery rooftop oasis is almost here, ushered in with the launch of Reunion Island Pool Club, re-shaping the former open-air digs of St Jerome’s – The Hotel into a breezy mecca of swish plunge pools, pop-ups from local hospitality heroes, and more. The sprawling and highly anticipated venue, a first for the Australia, officially launches on Friday 26th October but a few details on what to expect have surface.
Kicking off with a limited offer dubbed “A Reunion Hour”, each of the venue’s 10 private temperature-controlled plunge pools are available to rent for groups of four. It’s $100 for an hour pool package and a beverage each, or $200 for two hours and a beverage each. Additional purchases can be made at the venue’s various pop-ups, which from launch include a special kiosk from none other than burger king Jimmy Hurlston, bringing Collingwood’s Easey’s poolside with an interpretation of L.A style food.
Easey’s Kiosk will be taking up residence at The Reunion Island for six months, alongside Superfluid who will be setting up a juice and tonic bar with a custom “Gintonica Garden” and a General Store showcasing various fashion partners like Aussie swimwear brand Skwosh Club. Reunion Island’s beverage list will also feature plenty of cocktails, ice-cold beers, and Pimms on tap.
Hurlston’s menu reads something like a poolside glutton’s dream. Classics like the CLUB Sandwich (Chicken and Lettuce Under Bacon), American-style pizzas, and of course burger offerings – this time featuring smashed patties, as well as Easey’s take on the Oklahoma Fried Onion Burger made famous by George Motz. There’s also quick service sandwiches, and vegetarian/vegan options.
The Reunion Island will also be focused on their own recreation programming, and it being Melbourne we’re expecting plenty of rooftop wellness sessions alongside all the swimming and boozing. We expect a killer soundtrack too; after all, the co-founder is Jerome Borazio, who each year brings Australia (and Singapore) Laneway Festival.
The Reunion Island Pool Club will initially be open for private bookings only, as stated above. Function packages will be available for up to 500 people as well, but as the months roll on we’re expecting more details to be revealed for those who don’t necessarily want to book ahead.
Information and bookings can be found online at reunionislandpoolclub.com.au