In less confident hands the juxtaposition of rural vineyard setting, ultra-contemporary architecture and almost cinematic design could have been an expensive failure. Instead, Jackalope creator Louis Li and an enthusiastic team have created a hotel unlike any other in the country. And we mean that in the best possible way. jackalopehotels.com
Finalists: Como The Treasury, Perth, WA; Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, NSW
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