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Ultimate AAMI Derby Day Competition Prize Winner

By  AAMI

At AAMI, we love to surprise, delight and reward our customers. The 2016 AAMI Ultimate Derby Day Competition winner experienced just that. The winner and three friends enjoy helicopter transfers to Flemington Racecourse, food and drink throughout the day. Along with luxurious accommodation for all guests at Crown Promenade, pampering at Isika Day Spa, styling and shopping at Myer plus make-up and grooming courtesy of a professional team.

So, how did the weekend pan out? Let’s hear from the prizewinner herself. 

Dear AAMI,

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you from myself, my husband and friends for the amazing four days we have had, thanks to the The Ultimate Derby Day competition.

Never in a million years would I have thought  of winning,  never mind being taken on this fantastic once in a lifetime experience of indulgence !

From the minute we were picked up from our  front door we felt like royalty.

Arriving at Crown we met Rachel and we felt as though we had known  her  forever.

She was so warm and friendly we immediately knew we were in for a wonderful experience. She even arranged for a champagne and cheese welcome! We knew we were in for a good time!

Then we were whisked away for a afternoon of relaxation and pampering  at Ishika Spa. The two boys had no idea what was in store but they really enjoyed it..I think they might even have fallen asleep!

Our next indulgence was at 'Dinner  by Heston Blumenthal'. Wow...what a gastronomic and sensory delight that was. We felt so special and privileged to be seated at The Chef's Table. It was as though we were part of the kitchen. We could see the food plating and were amazed at the skill and delicacy.

We had explanation of each course by the head chef Evan and the accompanying wine by somelier Phil. Ruby was our wonderful waitress who made us all feel so special.

Each course was light and delicate served with matching wine. By the end of the evening.. (five +hours later!) we were rolling back to our hotel rooms. By the way, they were pretty special as well.

Next day was pretty special for Cheryl and myself...personal styling and Myer! Every woman's dream! We came out of the store feeling like a million dollars thanks to Elizabeth and Olivia..and of course helped somewhat by the very generous Myer voucher! Meanwhile the gents had been instructed to find a shirt and tie and then disappear...which I might add they were very happy to do!

After we had admired our purchases it was time for dinner which we had at Spice Temple thanks to AAMI again as we used part of our Crown gift voucher. The food was perfect and thankfully we weren't there for 5 hours!

Saturday morning saw the sun shining and a busy day ahead. Another woman's dream...hair and makeup professionally done in the hotel suite!  I ask you ladies, how could all of this be any better?

Once we had been made to look suitably fabulous (well we can only try and convince ourselves we were ! ) it was off to Flemington . ...by helicopter  (as one does!!) It's now my choice of mode of transport. Such a shame the pilot had to kill time so we had a trip over the bay and city before landing. Melbourne was looking marvellous in the sunshine.

Arriving at the  track  we found Rachel who took us to The Rose Room for lunch. More food and wine was consumed of course. Very delicious  it was too.

Just before the race we were escorted trackside and watched the race. The atmosphere was fantastic. We were warmly welcomed by Jessica from  the VRC. We had met Chris from AAMI while having our lunch and it was lovely to see another familiar face.

The race was run and we were thrilled to be able to share a glass of champagne in the  Winners Bar with the owners and trainer (the lovely charming James Cummings) I will be keeping the signed silks hidden away!

Sorry I have written such a screed but it would be impossible to convey all of this in a few sentences. There are so many people we know who entered and who would loved  to have been in our  shoes.

I can only say thank you again AAMI for an AAMIzing few days!

Thank you,

Christine Samuel

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