In the heart of the world-renowned Mornington Peninsula wine region, Jackalope Hotel’s debut property has been brought to life in a collaboration with the most entrepreneurial preeminent creatives from Australia. A personal project of 29-year-old Melbourne based visionary Louis Li, who moved to Melbourne in 2006 to study film making, the hotel is indeed cinematographic – a delicate storytelling between ideal and surreal by re-imagining the role of art and design in a hotel space.
Jackalope’s 46 rooms introduce guests to a reverie of relaxation with floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces that connect the guests to the rural surrounds while, inside, features include deep-soak, black Japanese tubs, rain showers and double vanities. The spa-like setting is complete with bath luxuries developed exclusively by Melbourne’s Hunter Lab, including a pinot grape skin and seed bath and body scrub, made using grapes from the hotel’s vineyard.
With casual dinning and immersive wine experiences the hotel is a gourmet experience on its own right. The restaurant Doot Doot Doot is a fine dinning affair presenting the region’s finest produce in a series of tasting menus intrinsically linked to the land. The hotel’s bar – Flaggerdoot – is a delight of alchemy adventures and process of distillation that enchants the clientele with a classic and in-house cocktail menu.
Outside in the beautiful countryside landscape a 30-meter infinite pool sets the tone of endless moments of contemplation and connection to water and sky – creating that luxurious feeling of being present as one overlooks the vineyard from the pool. A wonderful script for a tale of an unforgettable stay.
The hotel’s creative narrative, alchemy, is given life through a series of commissions by world-renowned artists and designers.