Published: 9 August 2017
Max meeting space: 100 cocktail function; 84 theatre-style
Contact: Karina Reyne, sales and events manager, +61 3 9519 8900
Esteemed wineries, golf courses fenced by enthralling scenery, and sweeping coastlines make up Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, and at just an hour’s drive away from Melbourne, whisking groups away for a few days to enjoy these highlights couldn’t be easier.
Now a new luxury overnight experience has landed in the region. Beguiling, slick and modern, the Jackalope Hotel has been in operation since April, impressing groups with both its style and location. Like the mischievous and mythical creature that gave its name to the property, the Jackalope Hotel is one event planners need to keep their eye on.
The property finds itself on the grounds of the Willow Creek Vineyard, framed by hedgerows and rolling hills. Louis Li, the Melbourne entrepreneur who conceived the hotel, pledged to make design and storytelling just as important to the guest experience as the restaurant or the swimming pool. From the seven-foot Jackalope sculpture guarding the hotel’s entrance to the golden light installation that drips from the ceiling of its signature restaurant, the narrative appears purposeful and entertaining.
A stylish stay on the peninsula is what corporate groups will get here, with 46 rooms split across four categories, offering flexibility for event planners. Delegates staying in the 38sqm Terrace or Vineyard View rooms will enjoy their own private balcony and king-sized bed, while the Den offers groups studio-sized accommodation with an expansive 25sqm terrace, kitchenette and dining room. The Jackalope’s most opulent stay is saved for its signature suite, Lair, which is kitted out with a cocktail bar and private wine cellar and a 30sqm outdoor terrace overlooking the vineyard, ideal for pre dinner cocktails and wine tasting in privacy from the hotel’s other guests.
While occupancy at the hotel already appears to be thriving, meeting and events will play an important role for the business. Two identical purpose-built event spaces, Jackyak and Jenka, can each cater for groups of up to 42 theatre-style or 26 in a boardroom setting. For larger events, both rooms can be adjoined to increase the hotel’s capacity for groups to 66 for gala dinners, 84 theatre-style or up to 100 for cocktail functions. Elsewhere, the hotel’s food and beverage outlets have also been geared up to cater for private events. Flaggerdoot, a cocktail lounge fit with an open fire and pool table, can serve freshly mixed cocktails and canapes to groups of up to 66, while restaurant Doot Doot Doot can host groups of 80 for private dining.
Tempting groups away from the boardroom is the hotel’s 11-hectare vineyard, which was first planted back in 1989 and has been one of Mornington Peninsula’s premier wine manufacturers ever since. Delegates can embark on tours of the grounds, as well as tastings of the chardonnays and pinot noirs that come straight from the vine. Meanwhile, make sure to make time for a quick dip in the hotel’s infinity pool, which will be particularly enticing when the summer arrives.