The Jackalope Hotel Australia is one of the best design hotels in Melbourne, welcoming you with a 7-meter high rabbit sculpture in the entryway. Yes, this time not Kangaroo…
An hour drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula lodging is a sensory journey of otherworldly proportions. A creature of legends, the Jackalope has long been the focal point of tall tales.
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The owner of Jackalope, Louis Li, worked with Carr Design Group on the architecture and interior, in addition to commissioning a number of Australia’s preeminent creatives. The hotel’s 46 luxe rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, secluded terraces, and pinot body scrubs concocted from grapes plucked from the local vineyard, but the hotel’s restaurant and bar scene is the ultimate crown jewel.
A dining destination in its own right, Jackalope offers one of two dining adventures in its surreal, fresh breathing dreamscape. Behind door number one is Doot Doot Doot, a darling dining experience boasting a bewitching ceiling of golden glass orbs and a tasting menu intrinsically linked to local fare.
A mesmerizing 10,000-light chandelier that resembles bubbling wine takes center stage in the handsome restaurant, which is home to a 1,200-bottle wine cellar that features international brands and local labels sourced from boutique vineyards.
Door number two unveils winery restaurant, Rare Hare, a fireplace-clad casual dining experience. The hotel bar, named Flaggerdoot, pays homage to the alchemic process of distillation, with apothecary-inspired glass beakers.
Clad in dark zinc with charred timber and appointed with black metal detailing, the hotel’s modern, barn-like architecture gives way to rolling hills and a sculptural landscape of century-old vines. Outside, the infinity lap pool doesn’t disappoint. Nor do epic sunset views of the surrounding vineyards or the massage-ready poolside pavilion.
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