Mornington Peninsula, Victoria - January 2023
The charming seaside destination of Sorrento, Victoria, is rich with waterfront views, stunning scenery, and breathtaking beaches.
It's where stretches of soft, white sand frame crystal waters and clear blue skies paint a picturesque backdrop for the InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula. This 1875 landmark has long since been transformed into a luxurious precinct of brassy bars, top-tier restaurants, and a state-of-the-art wellness centre.
InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula sits within the Luxury & Lifestyle Collection of IHG Hotels & Resorts, continuing its legacy of opening hotels in the world’s most sought-after destinations. Officially opened in August 2022 the hotel sits within a family of 18 hotel brands and IHG One Rewards, one of the world's largest hotel loyalty programmes. IHG has over 6,000 hotels in operation in over 100 countries, and more than 1,800 in the development pipeline.
Boasting an opulent exterior accentuated by sweeping ocean views, this polished limestone building seamlessly blends heritage features with contemporary, modern visuals to create a unique, deco-inspired aesthetic. Tiered platforms with fresh, manicured flora dot the entrance, creating a pleasant, welcoming facade.
Stepping inside, you'll find yourself in a warm lobby that sparkles with glass chandeliers. The interior features gorgeous, curved arches and geometric trimming–all adding to the Mornington Peninsula's breezy seaside glamour. Chic beiges, pops of pink, and warm, solid earth tones (greens, browns, and mahoganies) highlight the hotel's elegant, sophisticated mood.
Aside from the destination and stunning architecture, the amenities alone make it worth the visit.
Luxuriously inviting rooms follow a clean, minimalist, almost Danish-inspired layout. Wrap yourself in soft linens and lounge to your heart's content amongst soft, artfully placed lighting and plush bedding.
If you're staying the night in one of their premium rooms (or higher), go ahead and treat yourself to a bottle of sweet wine or a tasting of crisp boutique brews from the complimentary in-room bar (locally distilled spirits are a tourist favourite).
If you're eager to sample local cuisine, you're in for a treat. Breakfast is held at the light filled Atrium. A slick a la carte menu featuring breakfast tacos, açai bowls and egg & bacon rolls would rival some of Melbourne’s top cafes. Alongside barista coffee and a balanced buffet of fresh fruit and pastries, it’s the kind of breakfast you actually enjoy.
You may also fancy sampling Melbourne's best fusion Asian fare at Conti, the downstairs bistro pub. Their menu items include dishes from Melbourne Thai institution Longrain, such as wagyu curry and moorish bao buns, alongside traditional pub fare and wood fired pizzas.
The highlight however is Audrey’s by Scott Pickett, a seafood focused restaurant that offers guests a culinary journey through some of the freshest local produce in an elegant setting with ocean views.
After getting your fill of fine dining, you have a myriad of options for activities and to-dos. Take a dip in the hotel’s exclusive heated pool at the dynamic terrazzo-style pool deck or simply bask in the delicious Sorrento heat. Stretch out on one of the sun-lit loungers while sipping on a tropical cocktail and indulge in the ocean getaway vibes. It’s the place to be on the Peninsula this Summer.
You can also spend the afternoon pampering yourself in the Aurora Spa & Bathhouse. Aside from state-of-the-art spa equipment for therapeutic bathing experiences and medi-facials, this 500 square metre bathhouse boasts Australia's biggest sauna, an impressive, timber-lined, Nordic-style wonder that promises perfect sweat-it-out temperatures.
Ten different mineral baths and multiple specialised treatment sections provide plenty of variety. Be sure to check out the Glacial Mist Room–truly a one-of-a-kind spa experience–or book a slot for their holistic body-and-soul-healing rituals.
InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula is the definition of tasteful luxury and subtle sophistication. It combines natural elements with solid architecture and stunning visuals to craft a polished, cosmopolitan retreat by the sea. The quiet luxury of soft colours in rich textures and minimalist silhouettes enhances its unique elegance. It's a venue that prioritises organic experiences amidst nature's beauty–ultimately fitting for a coastal retreat tucked away in one of Victoria's most beautiful locations.
Produced in partnership with InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula. We stayed as guests of the hotel.