Just an hour from Melbourne lies Jackalope Hotel, a new luxury boutique hideaway in the Mornington Peninsula. Despite having only been open since April 2017, Jackalope has already gained worldwide recognition when it was named Australia’s Hotel of the Year at the annual Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards. So just what is it that makes this hotel so special? Besides being set on a vineyard (hello non stop wine), Jackalope consists of private terraces offering breathtaking views of the vineyard and beyond, along with some serious design cred (thanks to the brilliant work of architects the Carr Design Group and furniture designers Zuster). Jackalope boasts a neat 46 rooms that comprise of 38-square-metre Terrace or Vineyard View options, through to 85-square-metre Lairs. With floor to ceiling windows, deep soak tubs and amenities made exclusively for the hotel by Hunter Lab, the rooms scream one word: luxury. Adding to this extravagance is the black 30-metre infinity pool which is accompanied by a pavilion that’s available for spa treatments or private dining. And on the subject of dining, Jackalope also features two restaurants run by highly distinguished chef Guy Stanaway. Serving up non-stop culinary excellence paired with the best of the region’s wines, Jackalope also features its own cellar door, Rare Hare, which showcases the onsite winery and provides immersive wine experiences for guests. If first class treatment of all your senses is the kind of getaway you’re after, head to Jackalope Hotel. Rooms range from $650 to $1200 a night. For more visit

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