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Melbourne’s own slice of paradise, the Mornington Peninsula, is dotted with a staggering 24,000 holiday havens. Yet, amongst this embarrassment of riches, where does one find the best places to stay in Mornington Peninsula? It’s the quest for the quintessential: that perfect perch where luxury meets the lullaby of the waves from Port Phillip Bay to the Bass Strait.

This is the Peninsula’s promise – a tapestry of beaches and bushland, vineyards that vie for your attention, and boutique retreats that whisper ‘home’ in a myriad of ways. It’s the playground of city escapees and the sanctuary for souls seeking the slow unwind.

And here we’ve curated, just for you, four stays that are the epitome of Mornington magnificence. These are not mere places to rest your weary head – no, they are destinations in their own right. They’re the cream to your coffee, the footprints in the Peninsula sands. So, allow us to guide you through the best places to stay in Mornington Peninsula, where every nook cradles charm and every cranny promises delight.

CAMILLO HOUSE

Blairgowrie, VIC

Camillo House outdoor bath | Slow Stays by Life Unhurried
Camillo House | Slow Stays by Life Unhurried

Like a private art gallery designed for intentional getaways, Camillo House is a retreat where slick design and relaxation gently collide. The Blairgowrie bolthole is nestled into the dunes of this beachside haven on the Bass Strait. One of the best places to stay in Mornington Peninsula as recommended by Alba Thermal Springs & Spa, it’s the perfect location for thermal hot spring hopping.

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COASTAL LUXE

St. Andrews Beach, VIC

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Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. It’s the spirit – the joie de vivre – that’s ever present as soon as you cross the suspended bridge. Because while this beautiful getaway may be hidden from plain sight, once you step inside, you’ll feel seen like you never have before. The design, the layout, the location – it’s enough to make you want to stay forever. Add to that, almost as much outdoor space as indoor, Coastal Luxe will likely reach family ritual status immediately.

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CASSIS RED HILL

Red Hill, VIC

Cassis Red Hill
Cassis Red Hill
Cassis Red Hill

Whisk yourself away to the south of France – only two hours from Melbourne’s crowded streets. Francophiles and lovers of mindful escapes alike will say oui, oui. Transformed from a restaurant to a set of rustic yet refined villas, Cassis at Red Hill is set against tangled grape vines and rolling hills. Check in and bliss out is the modus operandi here. Soak in an outdoor bath or plunge pool or relax inside the modern and minimalist accommodation. Then, gorge on a platter laden with local goodies or explore the region’s best hikes and hot springs.

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HART’S FARM

Shoreham, VIC

Harts Farm Mornington Peninsula
Harts Farm Mornington Peninsula

It may be adults only but your inner-child will be giddy with glee at this sustainable farmstay in Shoreham. Casting out oodles of laid-back country charm from a 10-acre family-run farm, Harts Farm entices busy city folk with bucolic bliss from sunup to sundown. Sample freshly fermented cider and olive oil made onsite. Take your included brekkie hamper out for a picnics with the kangaroos. Ramble across the property for a hit of nature. Or, for something entirely different, make your way to Honeysuckle Beach for a surf session.

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Desta Cullen

Desta Cullen is a writer and editor who crafts stories of food, culture and travel with a particular love of sustainability, slow fashion, creativity and conscious lifestyles. When she's not working, she spends her time digging in op-shops for pre-loved treasures, attempting to garden and turn the family home into a bright, art-filled junglescape.

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