Posted 15 Dec 17

Luxurious & Bold: Jackalope Hotel

In the coastal region of Mornington Peninsula the Jackalope Hotel weaves a story of art and design. Since opening its doors in April, Jackalope has fast-tracked its way to being one of Victoria’s most talked about high-end hotels. Why? Combine bespoke architecture, design and art with a vineyard and two destination restaurants – people will sit up and take notice.
Melbourne-based entrepreneur 29-year-old Louis Li uses hotel design as his creative platform. Enlisting Carr Design Group, Fabio Ongarato Design, Zuster and artists, Louis has created a bold and luxurious 46-room high-end destination. The seven-metre Jackalope sculpture by Melbourne-based artist Emily Floyd welcomes guests, hinting at the journey that lies within – a series of art installations that are part of the hotel’s sensory experiences.
The interiors, monochromatic with earthy textural elements, have a calming warmth that is accentuated by the rural surrounds. The guestrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, private terraces and a spa-like bathroom complete with black, deep-soak Japanese tubs and rain showers. Intrinsically linked to the 11-hectare Willow Creek Vineyard, Jackalope has nudged its way onto every foodie’s bucket list with its refined dining restaurant Doot Doot Doot, the winery restaurant Rare Hare, and cocktail bar Flaggerdoot –intriguing layers of the Jackalope journey.
Only an hour south of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula has earned its place as a wine and golfing destination, with over 50 cellar doors and restaurants and 20 golf courses, three of which have been rated among Australia’s top 10 courses. Beyond the rolling hills, the Peninsula’s rugged and beautiful coastline encompasses the bay, surfing beaches, natural hot springs and national parks. Jackalope pays tribute to its surroundings while creating its own bold story – an interplay between the ideal and surreal. The hotel is like its namesake – a creature of legend who is the centre of many tall tales.
Jackalope   166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North VIC  03 5931 2500
Words by Margaret Quilter, Photography by Sharyn Cairns