October 2017 · The 50 luxurious hotels that grace our annual feature incorporate all that is new and grand. Among some of the most dramatic settings in the world, these magnificent hospitality beacons reimagine the elegant and exotic–seamlessly blending gracious hospitality and local cultures, aesthetics and ecotourism. In the ever-evolving luxury travel landscape, these properties reinvent existing sweetheart destinations and facilitate the opening-up of new locations including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Another year, another list, you say. We disagree. Luxuriously living in the moment is an ever-changing art form. Welcome to this year’s best in show–the newest exceptional properties in luxury travel." />

Jackalope Hotel (Australia)

Surreal and ideal glamour

Located in Melbourne’s weekend playground on Mornington Peninsula, this 46-room hotel welcomes with a sculpture of the mythical Jackalope, a symbol of hope and whimsy, transforming the luxury setting by playing on the experience between the ideal and the surreal. The sleek black structure perches above a dramatic vineyard, the perfect setting for the many custom furniture pieces. A black 30-metre infinity pool fosters the illusion of water lapping over grapevines. Doot Doot Doot offers a four- or eight-course dégustation menu while Rare Hare serves casual, all-day dining. Your nearby playground includes tasty surf, secret bay beaches, over 50 wineries and restaurants, and natural hot springs. Jackalope Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

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