If there’s one thing there are plenty of on Brogue’s bucket list, it’s hotels of a vinous disposition – from the astonishing vista of Vina Vik in Chile to the newly corked Hotel De’Ricci in Rome. Another fledgling property to add to the list is Jackalope. Perched on the southern tip of Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay is Mornington Peninsula, home to some of southern Australia’s most promising Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, and it’s here that this hybrid hotel-art-installation-vineyard resides. Out front, artist Emily Floyd’s seven-metre-tall homage to the mythical half-rabbit, half-antelope (think a Jeff Koons take on the Wicker Man) sets the tone for the unique 46-room paradise. There’s the Doot Doot Doot restaurant with its 10,000-lamp chandelier, a marble hotel bar stocked to the rafters with botanical gins and whiskies, a 30-metre infinity pool, spa, and ultra-chic wood and concrete bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Jackalope’s own Willow Creek Vineyard. Try the 2015 O’Leary Block Pinot Noir – and drink in that view.
Rooms from £371, jackalopehotels.com