Jackalope Hotel launches luxury hotel on Mornington Peninsula

In the heart of the wine region

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Launching early 2017 in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula wine region, Jackalope Hotel’s debut property redefines luxury hotels in Australia.  

A personal project of 28-year-old Melbourne-based entrepreneur, Louis Li, the hotel champions a conceptual sensibility to art, design, dining, and storytelling - creating a delicate interplay between the ideal and the surreal.

Conceived in partnership with some of Australia’s preeminent creative firms - including Architect Sue Carr of Carr Design Group and multi-disciplinary studio, Fabio Ongarato Design - Li has produced an icon of contemporary design.

Jackalope’s 46 rooms comprise 38 sqm ‘Terrace’ or ‘Vineyard View’ categories through to 85 sqm ‘Lairs’. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces connect guests to the rural surrounds, while inside, furniture has been hand-crafted by Melbourne designers and manufacturers, Zuster. Bathrooms include black Japanese tubs, double vanities, and bath products made exclusively for the hotel by Hunter Lab.

“Whether a luxury traveller prefers a scenic destination, food, art, evocative design, or transformative experiences, Jackalope sits at the forefront of emerging and established hotel trends,” says Jackalope General Manager Tracy Atherton, formerly of Aman Resorts and Hotel Hotel.

A world-class collection of art, created specifically for the site, guides guests through the hotel’s narrative - starting with a seven-metre-tall namesake Jackalope sculpted by Melbourne artist, Emily Floyd, on entrance to the hotel.

Among gardens landscaped by Taylor Cullity Lethlean, a black 30-metre infinity pool laps up to the surrounding vineyard, with an adjacent poolside pavilion available for spa treatments or private dining.

Executive Chef, Guy Stanaway, is at the helm of the hotel’s two restaurants. Destination fine dining, Doot Doot Doot, presents Australia’s finest produce in a menu intrinsically linked to the land; while cellar door, Rare Hare, celebrates the hotel’s own working winery—providing immersive wine experiences for guests. With an array of culinary experiences available on property, Jackalope delivers a perfect taste of the Peninsula’s palate.

About Jackalope

Jackalope champions a conceptual approach to art, design, dining, and storytelling - delivering a delicate interplay between the ideal and the surreal. Set on one of the Peninsula’s most stunning vineyards, the hotel comprises 46 luxury rooms, a 30-metre infinity pool, event facilities, art commissions and installations. Jackalope offers two restaurants: fine dining, Doot Doot Doot, presents a menu intrinsically linked to the land; while cellar door, Rare Hare, celebrates the hotel’s own working winery, providing immersive wine and culinary experiences - a genuine taste of the Peninsula’s palate.

The jackalope, a creature of legend, is the centre of many tall tales. Best described as a rabbit with horns, the name “jackalope” is a portmanteau of  “jackrabbit” and “antelope”.

The Mornington Peninsula

Just a one hour drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula has long been known as Melbourne’s weekend playground. For international guests, the Peninsula is a perfect addition to a Melbourne visit, offering some of Australia’s best food and wine, golf, adventure, beach and leisure activities.

With a moderate, coastal climate, the Peninsula offers year-round opportunities to explore the region’s wineries or tee off on its world-class golf courses.  Over 50 cellar doors and restaurants dot the rolling hills around Jackalope’s own 11-hectare vineyard, while 20 outstanding golf courses, of which three are rated in Australia’s top 10, have cemented the Peninsula’s position as Australia’s number one golf destination.

Framed by two spectacular coastlines, the Peninsula’s unique array of dramatic surf and sheltered bay beaches, natural hot springs, and national parks contribute to the perfect mix of coastal and country reverie.


  • Mornington Peninsula (VIC)

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