The Best Accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula to Escape to this Weekend
For an unforgettable stay, book a night or two in the best Mornington Peninsula accommodation.
The Mornington Peninsula is your classic overachiever – not only doing everything but doing it well. Just over an hour outside of Melbourne, you’ll find sweeping beaches, picturesque towns and stunning nature walks, plus hatted restaurants and boutique wineries worth dropping a pretty penny at. The accommodation in the Mornington Peninsula isn’t too shabby either, from gorgeous vineyard villas to marvellous boutique hotels available for your nightly repose.
Set on four acres of land, this charming cottage is a secluded and stunning retreat. Designed with relaxation in mind, Christa Lodge has all the trimmings of a boutique coastal stay. Among the long list of amenities, you’ll find a hot tub, indoor and outdoor fireplace, and hammock. When the sun is shining, head to the beach which is an easy 5-minute walk from the property or take a stroll to the centre for a long lunch. Back at the house, catch the sunset from the hot tub, fire up the barbeque and enjoy dinner under the stars.
For the ultimate vino weekend, opt for a stay amongst the vines at Polperro Villas, a stunning working property in the heart of Red Hill. Famous for its single-vineyard pinot noirs, chardonnay, and pinot gris, Polperro Wines follow a mix of organic and biodynamic principles making them one of our favourite wineries on the Mornington Peninsula. This boutique accommodation offers picturesque, self-contained villas, each with a beautifully appointed kitchen, a little private balcony, and the most luxurious, inbuilt bathtubs we’ve seen – perfect for kicking back with a glass of local wine.
150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill
If you’d prefer to go glamping on the Peninsula, Happy Glamper has you covered. Providing cosy and comfortable camping options, choose between a beautiful belle or a lotus belle tent and your dreamy glampsite will be kitted out with all your creature comforts, either by the beach or among the trees. Get a taste of the great outdoors as you gaze up at the stars and toast to the many spectacular sunsets, that are literally on your door (tent) step.
This striking boutique hotel is dripping in unforgettable design. Jet black interiors, eye-popping modern art and an outdoor infinity pool are just some of the features that have made Jackalope a destination in its own right. Across their 45 luxury rooms, you’ll find rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces, while larger suites also boast fireplaces and vineyard views. The hotel is also home to acclaimed fine diner Doot Doot Doot and sumptuous spa services.
166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North
Newly renovated in 2018, RACV Cape Schanck is a lavish five-star resort that leaves no stone unturned when it comes to providing a memorable stay. Rooms make the most of the Mornington Peninsula’s famed views across Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait, as well as the rolling green of its 18-hole championship golf course. Play a leisurely round, sip a tipple at the bar and graze your way through a meal at one of their top-notch on-site restaurants before unwinding with a rejuvenating massage.
Trent Jones Drive, Cape Schanck
Experience a fine example of winery accommodation at Lancemore Lindenderry, a boutique hotel of 40 spacious rooms. Days can be spent exploring farmgate trails, visiting cellar doors and hiking coastal trails before retreating to your impeccably kept room for well-earned rest. The property is surrounded by spectacular vistas while inside there are five lounges for relaxing in, including multiple fireplaces to keep things toasty during winter.
142 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill
Whether or not you’re a golf tragic, this luxury resort offers plenty of holiday appeal. Located on prime Victorian coastline, you’re treated to views of rolling hills and landscaped gardens from the balconies and terraces adjoining every single room. Venture out to the region’s famed surf beaches, soak in Mornington’s country charm or practise your swing over two championship courses. The resort is also right next door to the uber-popular Peninsula Hot Springs if you’re so inclined.
55 Peter Thomson Drive, Fingal
Blue Range in Rosebud offers four boutique villas on their picturesque estate, all fitted out with modern furnishings and creature comforts. Overlooking 60 acres of vineyard territory, you’ll wake up to utter serenity before choosing your adventures for the day. Head out to explore the region’s stunning natural beauty, or stick around for peaceful picnics on the property and stunning Italian food at their restaurant.
155 Gardens Road, Rosebud
If you’ve got an anniversary coming up, put this romantic couples retreat at the top of your list. Boasting five luxurious, secluded and child-free suites located just below the summit of Arthurs Seat, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous scenery, native wildlife and panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay. Each stay includes a complimentary tasting at the Ten Minutes by Tractor winery while beach strolls, intimate dinners and hot springs beckon nearby. For an extra special treat, book one of the spa suites that come with a cosy electric log fire and magical views.
10 Nestle Crescent, Arthurs Seat
Set within spiralling limestone walls, Port Phillip Estate is a dazzling monument to architecture, food and wine. The acclaimed cellar door and restaurant open out to sweeping views of the vineyard, while inside refined drops and modern Australian cuisine are relished by guests. Take your trip to the next level with a stay in one of the estate’s six boutique suites, where private terraces and luxurious touches (think Missoni bathrobes and Aesop toiletries) await.
263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South
This spacious private hideaway boasts more than your average holiday house for two. Guests are treated with access to their own heated spa, solar heated pool, day bed and outdoor dining suite – the only downside of this property is that you might never leave. If you do manage to pull away, Mornington’s many cafes, restaurants, bars, breweries and beaches await.
Located only three minutes walk to the shore, this beautifully designed Mount Martha studio is perfect for anyone who loves to start their morning with an ocean dip. Ideally sized for couples, you’ll be admiring the handsome ply ceilings, skylights and marble accents while relaxing in the lush garden courtyard or reading in the window daybed.
Painted in a peppy shade of purple, Miss Sunshine makes for a sunny stay indeed. The self-contained cottage is as striking on the inside as it is on the outside, filled with funky décor and quality furnishings that’ll make your trip effortlessly comfortable. Outside, guests have access to a swimming pool, an outdoor shower and barbecue facilities, while South Beach and the shops of Mount Martha village are just a hop, skip and jump away.
Make the most of your trip down south with our guide to the best wineries in the Mornington Peninsula and the best golf courses in Melbourne – many of which are in the region. Want an entire itinerary? We’ve also planned an entire girls’ trip to the Mornington Peninsula, complete with where to eat and drink.
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