Get ready to be captivated by a level of luxury and high end installation in hotel fit-outs without peer. The newly launched Jackalope Hotel, nestled within the picturesque Willow Creek Vineyard, is situated just an hour’s drive from Melbourne on the Mornington Pensinsula.
The name Jackalope is a creature of legend best described as a rabbit with horns, a portmanteau of “jackrabbit” and “antelope”. The hotel bar, Flaggerdoot, is the collective noun for a group of Jackalopes, while the fine dining restaurant Doot Doot Doot is also known as the leader of a Flaggerdoot.
Comprising 46 luxurious rooms and a 30-metre infinity pool, the hotel boasts boldly curated art commissions and installations incorporating a whimsical approach which was achieved by collaborating with some of the world’s leading designers to create the overall vision.
The moody interiors are clad in dark zinc with charred timber and black metal detailing. Floor to ceiling windows and private terraces connect guests to the picturesque surrounds. Bathrooms include black Japanese tubs, double vanities and bath products made exclusively for the hotel by Hunter Lab. Melbourne designer Zuster have provided the furniture.
Owner Louis Li purchased Willow Creek Vineyard in 2013, along with the Maria George Building in the Melbourne CBD, which is earmarked as the site for a second property under the Jackalope Hotels umbrella.
Images by Sharyn Cairns