Hotels

Best Aussie hotels, according to Gourmet Traveller

A stunning new vineyard property on the Victorian coast was tonight named Australia’s Hotel of the Year at the annual Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards during a celebratory dinner for hospitality leaders at QT Melbourne.

Jackalope, the extraordinary marriage of a 143-year-old Mornington Peninsula homestead and prize winery with a strikingly modern 46-room hotel, was also named New Hotel of the Year and Regional Hotel of the Year in a triumphant trifecta for the $40 million development.

“I think MONA gave me the confidence that people would appreciate a daring, bold vision in this part of the world,” said Jackalope owner Louis Li, the 29-year-old Chinese-born entrepreneur.

“Luxury should be defined by rarity.”

Host hotel QT Melbourne, which opened its doors in September last year, was named Large Hotel of the Year and also took home the Best Bar award for its rooftop cocktail terrace with commanding city-skyline views.

The coveted gong for Best Club Sandwich this year went to The Louise, in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, for an unconventional version featuring prime regional produce. And the Best Minibar is the treasure trove of (free) quality drinks and house-made snacks at Como The Treasury in Perth.

The awards, presented by television personality and travel guru Catriona Rowntree before an audience of the country’s top hoteliers and travel industry figures, marked the launch of the 2017 Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide – published with the June edition of Gourmet Traveller (on sale 25 May).

The 124-page handbook is produced by a team of reviewers from the country’s leading premium lifestyle magazine, who check in unannounced and pay their way. Reviewers and editors compare their experiences to choose the nation’s top 50 hotels and the best performers in 11 award categories, from best minibar to best breakfast.

Other award winners at last night’s signature event include The Johnson in Brisbane (Best Pool), Grand Hyatt Melbourne (Best Breakfast), The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney (Boutique Hotel of the Year), and Halcyon House at Cabarita Beach in northern New South Wales (Best Service). 

2017 GOURMET TRAVELLER AUSTRALIAN HOTEL GUIDE AWARD WINNERS

Hotel of the Year: Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula, Vic

Large Hotel of the Year: QT Melbourne, Vic

New Hotel of the Year: Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula, Vic

Boutique Hotel of the Year: The Old Clare Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Regional Hotel of the Year: Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula, Vic

Best Service: Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, NSW

Best Breakfast: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Vic

Best Pool: The Johnson, Brisbane, Qld

Best Bar: QT Melbourne, Vic

Best Club Sandwich: The Louise, Barossa Valley, SA

Best Minibar: Como The Treasury, Perth, WA

And because it’s Friday and we know you all love pretty pics, here’s a few of the winning hotel, Jackalope. Enjoy!

Den 4 Den 5 Den Lair 5 Lair Terrace 4 Vineyard 5 Jackalope Lounge Jackalope Flaggerdoot Bar Jackalope Hallway Jackalope Dining - Doot Doot Doot

 


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Cruise

Tourism

Travel Agents

Digital travel ad impressions up 40 per cent says Nielsen Ad Intel

Looks like your marketing team’s efforts are paying off, with ads views climbing dramatically in Australia following the most recent lockdown.

Share

CommentComments

News

Tourism

OMICRON: WHO urges those over 60 to cancel travel plans as SA tightens restrictions

The UN health authority warned countries that blanket bans don’t work, while an Aussie epidemiologist says the government’s current restrictions won’t make much difference.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Planeterra launches holiday fundraising for community tourism

Not sure what to get your colleague for Secret Santa? They’ll be hard-pressed to complain about a donation in their name to support community tourism projects.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

WATCH: Rebel Wilson stars as glam castaway in new Tourism Fiji ad

The Aussie actress channels Tom Hanks’ Castaway in this latest campaign for Tourism Fiji, However, we’re not convinced Hanks could pull off the metallic dress as well as Wilson does.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Club Med opens first Canada property, reveals plans for new Utah ski resort

Those who enjoy the ease of an all-inclusive resort stay will be stoked to learn about Club Med’s latest spate of winter wonderland offerings.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Norwegian Cruise Line unveils its largest deployment in history

Batten down the hatches because NCL has released its 2024/25 line up including brand-new homeports in Haifa, Israel and La Romana, Dominican Republic.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

US flight attendants rush back to self-defence in face of rising passenger unruliness

In order to avoid a drunken sky-high fight club breaking out, crewmembers are taking to the studio to keep the peace.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Accor introduce global portfolio of boutique hotels and luxurious resorts, Emblems Collection

A new line of luxury hotels and resorts are what we need to bring the world out of the global pandemic and into an opulent fantasy that only a Disney princess could think up.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Bali had 6.3 million tourists in 2019, in the first 9 months of 2021 it had 43

With tourism rates in Bali so low, we imagine that even Schapelle Corby would be gladly welcomed back.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism

Destination NSW Launches Vibrant “Feel New Sydney” Campaign

Destination NSW unveils “Feel New Sydney” work. Just don’t expect the locals to be pleasant or let you in when driving.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Destinations

News

Tourism

Fiji welcomes first flight of international visitors in 20 months as borders open

Sydneysiders touched down yesterday to a big bula welcome almost two years in the making!

Share

CommentComments

Events

Tourism

I Love New York launches new training course for travel agents. Enter for your chance to win!

Calling all Aussie travel agents! Complete the training by the end of January 2022 and you could win a New York-style “za” for you and your team!

Share

CommentComments