An über-cool minimalist retreat in Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula

This vineyard hotel offers art installations, lush landscapes and incomparable service

The vineyard setting of Jackalope in Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula
The vineyard setting of Jackalope in Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula wine region has been Melbourne’s summer backyard for a century and a half – a landscape alternating neat vineyards and still-wild bush, calm turquoise seas, prosperous villages lined with eminently Instagram-able cafés, and three of the country’s best golf courses. Now Louis Li, a 29-year-old, Chinese-born developer-wunderkind, is raising the bar with a hotel that enlists local artists to contribute provocative installations and site-specific events.

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The 46 minimalist rooms at Jackalope (jackalopehotels.com; from A$650, about £400) have 11 lush hectares at Willow Creek Vineyard to themselves, with a 30m black infinity pool (a masterpiece in its own right), a private pavilion for spa treatments and – with a longtime Aman old hand running the show – what promises to be the region’s best service.

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