Inside The Exclusive Jackalope Hotel in Melbourne

Greeted by a 7-meter high rabbit in the entryway, guests’ perception of reality is instantly altered when entering Jackalope Hotel. An hour drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula lodging is a sensory journey of otherworldly proportions. A creature of legends, the Jackalope has long been the focal point of tall tales. We have a feeling the hotel will soon be a thing of lodging lore.

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The owner of Jackalope, Louis Li, worked with Carr Design Group on the architecture and interior, in addition to commissioning a number of Australia’s preeminent creatives. The hotel’s 46 luxe rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, secluded terraces, and pinot body scrubs concocted from grapes plucked from the local vineyard, but the hotel’s restaurant and bar scene is the ultimate crown jewel.

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A dining destination in its own right, Jackalope Hotel offers one of two dining adventures in its surreal, Alice in Wonderland-like dreamscape. Behind door number one is Doot Doot Doot (yes, you read that right), a darling dining experience boasting a bewitching ceiling of golden glass orbs (creating the sensation of fermenting wine bubbles overhead) and a tasting menu intrinsically linked to local fare.

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Door number two unveils winery restaurant, Rare Hare, a fireplace-clad casual dining experience. The hotel bar, named Flaggerdoot, pays tribute to the alchemic process of distillation, with apothecary-inspired glass beakers. Did we mention it also houses an electric blue pool table?

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Outside the Jackalope Hotel, the infinity lap pool doesn’t disappoint. Nor do epic sunset views of the surrounding vineyards or the massage-ready poolside pavilion.

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