Many of the 46 rooms offer views over the vineyard (Willow Creek) on which the low-slung building sits.
Young entrepreneur and filmmaker Louis Li is putting the state of Victoriaâ€™s Mornington Peninsula on the map for something other than its great wines. An hourâ€™s drive south of Melbourne, Jackalope marks Liâ€™s first foray into the hotel business, and what a debut it is: the property is, quite simply, stunning. Many of the 46 rooms offer views over the vineyard (Willow Creek) on which the low-slung building sits, with monochrome interiors and bespoke furnishings courtesy of Melbourne sister act Zuster. The deep-soak Japanese tubs in each room are black, as is the 30-meter infinity pool and a glossy seven-meter-tall sculpture of the hotelâ€™s namesake jackalope (a folkloric jackrabbit with horns) by local artist Emily Floyd. The restaurants and bars bring equal whimsy both in nameâ€”Doot Doot Doot, Flaggerdoot, and Rare Hareâ€”and design. But their style doesnâ€™t come at the expense of substance, with the former already garnering rave reviews for its seasonal tasting menus that draw from the hotelâ€™s kitchen garden and select peninsula producers.
61-3/5931-2500; Jackalope, Merricks North; doubles from US$520
This article originally appeared in theÂ October/November 2017Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śThe Luxe List 2017: Jackalope, Merricks Northâ€ť).