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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.

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