IHG Hotels and Resorts has added its second Intercontinental property in the Melbourne area, with the opening of the Intercontinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula.

Situated on the Mornington Peninsula around 100km south of Melbourne city centre, the hotel is housed within a heritage listed limestone building dating back to 1875, which was formerly home to the Hotel Continental (known locally as ‘The Conti’).

The property’s 108 rooms are spread between the original building and a newly-built wing which features private outdoor terraces.

Facilities include a pool deck with views across the waters of Sorrento and Port Phillip Bay, as well as Audrey’s seafood restaurant, a beer garden and ‘speakeasy’ venue.

The hotel’s Aurora Spa and Bathhouse will open later this and year, offering a thermal bathhouse and wellness centre, and meeting and events options include the Grand Ballroom accommodating up to 150 guests.

Intercontinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula joins the existing Intercontinental Melbourne in the city’s central business district, as well as other Australian properties under the luxury brand in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, the Gold Coast and the Whitsundays.

The new-build Intercontinental Parramatta is also scheduled to open in western Sydney in 2025.

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Commenting on the news Matthew Tripolone, managing director, Australasia and Pacific, IHG Hotels and Resorts, said:

“We are in one of the most exciting periods of growth and transformation across our Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio.

“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.

“This has been a great story of partnership with an innovative hotel owner and we are very grateful to the Victor Smorgon Group, the Kanat Group, Trenerry Property Group and the Du Group for the redevelopment of such an iconic property.”