It’s been a minute, summer has passed but the Conti is welcoming guests from this month.
Anyone living along the Mornington Peninsula understands the need for more ‘nightlife inspired’ venues. The Conti Hotel, once an institution that ran right throughout summer, is returning after a long hiatus. Food and drink will reign supreme at the Conti Hotel, and who better to pilot this prodigious venue’s food than star chef Scott Pickett and publican Craig Shearer?
What will be available at the Conti? Here’s what the renovation will bring. A high-end seafood diner with a million-dollar view, an elevated glass-ceilinged “atrium”, and a lavish late-night speak-easy. Sixteen levels, five buildings, and three sections dedicated to food and drink. The Intercontinental will house 108 luxury hotel rooms – with terrace and penthouse suites – and a ‘Miami-inspired’ pool deck.
While the above mentioned may sound impressive, it doesn’t stop there. A premier spa and bathhouse is arriving, providing a wellness centre with a float room, a myriad of hydrotherapy pools and several thermal experiences, including an igloo ice room. The impressive slate of hospitality venues arrives with a $100 million price tag, various approval delays and a pandemic-powered pause button.
“After an extensive build and many months of planning, we are delighted to be lifting the curtain on what we believe will be one of Australia’s premier coastal destinations for travel and gourmet experiences,” Pickett said in a statement.
“For everyone involved, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we can’t wait to welcome guests across the threshold.”
The star attraction will be Audrey’s, Pickett’s first restaurant fitted with a million-dollar Port Phillip Bay view, premiere seafood dining and a raw marble bar.
Last but not least, the traditional ‘Conti’ public bar will feature a beer garden and an alfresco dining space channelling “Mediterranean seaside glamour”.