Need to know
Forty-four, including two suites.
11am. Check-in: 3pm. Both are flexible and the hotel offers luggage storage and access to hotel facilities on request.
Double rooms from $438.51 (AU$614), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include an à la carte breakfast in Doot Doot Doot. There’s milk from Melbourne’s Saint David micro-dairy, brews from Mornington’s Commonfolk Coffee Company, and dishes such as spanner-crab omelette and black-rice porridge on the menu.
Jackalope hosts regular wine events to highlight its Willow Creek Vineyard, including multi-course wine dinners paired with special vintages and terrace tastings to showcase very limited ‘museum wines’.
The hotel opens year round.
At the hotel
Spa treatments, custom-designed furniture, one-off art, vineyards, free WiFi. In rooms: a free minibar, Zuster furniture, flatscreen TV, Samsung tablet, Bose speakers, Japanese bath tub, Hunter LAB toiletries, robes.
Our favourite rooms
Colour-sapped walls, polished concrete and minimal furnishings pervade throughout the restrained rooms, but we love the Vineyard rooms for their contrasting, green views over the surrounding Willow Creek Vineyard – especially good at sunset, with a glass of pinot noir in hand. Upgrade to champagne by choosing the Lair rooms, with their penthouse-like dimensions, private terrace, indoor-outdoor fireplace and six-seater dining table. There’s even a personal wine cellar, so your glass will never run dry.
Overlooking the Mornington Peninsula’s vine-tangled countryside, the 30m infinity pool stands on a raised deck, surrounded by jet-black parasols and ashen sunbeds. At one end, an angular, zinc-clad building rises like a fragment of volcanic rock. Appropriately named the Geode, it’s used for private events and spa treatments.
A compact treatment menu at the Geode includes pregnancy massages and Jackalope’s signature oil-based massage, which blends Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. Plant-based Edible Beauty Australia products, featuring botanicals and wildflowers from Australia’s remote hinterland, are used in facials.
Stand-out against the monochrome backdrop in a red, ruffle dress by Australian clothing brand C/MEO Collective and pattern-free Her Line swimsuits for the pool. For men, bring pared-back Feit accessories and an electric bottle-opener to enhance the oenological experience.
Custom-made Hunter LAB toiletries, from Melbourne’s natural skincare brand, use crushed grape skins from the hotel’s Willow Creek Vineyard, which are recycled and reused after the wine has been made.
Jackalope is best suited to adults. However, all ages are welcome. In Doot Doot Doot, there’s a kids’ dégustation menu (with matching juices) and high chairs. In Rare Hare, colouring books are provided. Extra cots can be added to rooms on request.