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 Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula on the map for something other than its great wines. An hour’s drive south of Melbourne, Jackalope marks Li’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 hotel’s namesake jackalope (a folkloric jackrabbit with horns) by local artist Emily Floyd. The restaurants and bars bring equal whimsy both in name—Doot Doot Doot, Flaggerdoot, and Rare Hare—and design. But their style doesn’t come at the expense of substance, with the former already garnering rave reviews for its seasonal tasting menus that draw from the hotel’s kitchen garden and select peninsula producers.
61-3/5931-2500; Jackalope, Merricks North; doubles from US$520
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2017: Jackalope, Merricks North”).