A spectacular addition to the Victorian landscape is taking shape on the Mornington Peninsula.
The $135 million, five-storey RACV Cape Schanck Resort, which drew the ire of local residents over the size and possible environmental impact of its initial design, is set to open in August.
The resort is the largest premium accommodation venue ever built on the peninsula, sitting on an escarpment overlooking the surrounding 18-hole golf course and rugged cape landscape.
Designed to reflect its natural surrounds, the RACV’s latest project is described as “embodying rugged coastlines, rolling dunes and dramatic topography”.
Guests will experience 180-degree panoramic ocean views when the venue opens its doors this August.
The Cape Schanck Resort is the latest addition to RACV’s company’s leisure portfolio, which includes resorts in Victoria, Noosa, the Gold Coast and Hobart.
Executive general manager Craig Peachey anticipates the latest addition will entice more visitors to the Peninsula.
“The resort is estimated to bring more than $11 million every year to the Mornington Peninsula, acting as a major force of economic activity for the local community by bringing more tourists into the region and creating new jobs,” he said.
“We know Victorians love to travel around our beautiful state, and our members and guests can enjoy a variety of experiences at each of our resorts.
“All of our properties in Victoria are well located in the different regions of the state, and all RACV members and guests can access and enjoy the very best in accommodation and resort amenities at our properties.”
Cape Schanck Resort’s conference and event facilities will be the largest of their kind in the region, catering for up to 450 guests.
The resort will feature three restaurants and bars outlets, led by executive chef Josh Pelham.
Facilities include a 25-metre indoor pool, sauna and steam rooms and a fully-equipped gym. The resort’s One Spa, with eight beauty and wellness treatment rooms, will be open to guests and visitors.
The resort sits on an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Trent Jones Jnr, which is also accessible to both guests and visitors.
Architects Wood Marsh designed the building, with project engineers Arup and Umow Lai working together to maximise the location’s stunning ocean views.