Glamorous debut: IHG opens luxurious new, InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula

by James Wilkinson

IHG Hotels and Resorts has debuted its long-awaited InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula this week (01 Aug), which is adding a touch of glamour to one of Victoria’s most popular seaside villages.

The property is the luxurious new centrepiece of ‘The Continental’, a fabled 1875 landmark site that has undergone a stunning transformation into a reimagined precinct of restaurants, bars, wellness centre and now global hotel brand that forms part of IHG Hotels and Resorts’ Luxury and Lifestyle Collection.

“We are in one of the most exciting periods of growth and transformation across our Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio,” said IHG Hotels and Resorts’ Managing Director – Australasia and Pacific, Matthew Tripolone.

“The opening of InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula is a wonderful milestone in our vision to bring the InterContinental Life to the world’s most sought-after destinations, and we have no doubt that the brand new experiences will offer a memorable stay for both locals and international visitors alike.”

Sweeping in a revival of seaside glamour, the hotel’s 108 rooms and suites harmoniously blend heritage and modernity. Conceived by Woods Bagot, its design reinterprets the locale’s previous heydays in the Victorian and Deco eras into a sophisticated coastal retreat for our times.

Accommodation takes on an elegant seaside feel, and guests can select from an array of rooms or one-and-two-bedroom suites, either within the beautifully restored 1875 limestone building or a newly built wing that features private outdoor terraces.

Guests booking premium rooms and above will also be treated to a complimentary in-room bar featuring a seasonal line up of locally distilled spirits, wine or boutique brews to toast the start of their stay.

“Sorrento’s heritage as a place to escape to has been reimagined with a serious dash of glamour and an array of ways to unwind, celebrate and retreat, but we can’t wait to welcome our guests from both near and far with our service,” said InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula General Manager, Adam McDonald.

A former General Manager of InterContinental in Perth, Sydney and Bali, and resorts in Vietnam for IHG Hotels and Resorts, McDonald has recruited a hotel team equally as passionate about bringing classic hospitality to the new regional Victorian property that starts from an escorted arrival at the front door and to your guest room.

“InterContinental is a much-loved brand across the globe, renowned for its worldly know-how and service style – we’re looking forward to sharing a truly international hotel in this very special part of the world,” he said.

When it comes to relaxing, an exclusive, guest-only Mediterranean pool deck provides a sought-after destination for lounging, swimming and imbibing from sunrise to sunset, with views out across the sparkling waters of Sorrento and Port Phillip Bay.

Renowned for generations as a pleasure-seeking playground, the much-anticipated Sorrento landmark’s reinvention places hotel guests amongst a dazzling new array of dining, celebrating and recharging options.

Headlined by Audrey’s – acclaimed Melbourne chef Scott Pickett’s seafood led elevated-diner in deco-infused surrounds – guests of InterContinental Sorrento can choose from two restaurants, a beer garden, front bar, and speakeasy venue to enjoy breakfast, high tea, lunch, dinner and late-night entertainment during their stay.

Reservations are now being taken for InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula and rates start at AU$595 per night.