MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA
An opulent new addition to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, this ultra-luxe boutique hotel — located within the 11-hectare Willow Creek Vineyard in Merricks North, an hour south of Melbourne — blends contemporary art and design with relaxed and fine dining, a cool cocktail bar, infinity swimming pool and a small but indulgent range of in-house services, including deep-tissue massage. Jackalope draws its name from the mythical creature in North American folklore and every detail here has been designed to provoke a sense of wonder and awe — from the sophisticated black, grey and red brick palette to the hotel’s permanent art collection, which includes bold pieces commissioned from local and international artists. Stepping outside the 46 immaculately finished rooms, guests can relax with wine, salumi, oysters and more at the vineyard’s cellar door, Rare Hare, or dine under a 10,000-lamp chandelier at Doot Doot Doot, where executive chef Guy Stanaway draws inspiration from the kitchen garden and local surrounds. >
For more information, call (03) 5931 2500 or book online at jackalopehotels.com
LEFT Custom-made furniture, including this table from Melbourne-based firm Zuster, features throughout the hotel. BELOW Jackalope’s signature suites — called Lairs — all feature a ‘Prometheus III’ light installation by Melbourne-based industrial designer Christopher Boots.