Cape Schanck inspiration

RoyalAuto magazine

From the region’s rugged beaches to its rocky cliffs and rolling hills, the new Cape Schanck Resort on the Mornington Peninsula draws inspiration from its stunning natural surrounds.

Photos: Anne Morley and Shannon Morris. Art direction: Lisa Luscombe
June 2018

Oyster shells and storm clouds, the ever-shifting colours of the ocean, the golden warmth of sand and stone, crimson sunsets and ruby-red grapes and berries: At Cape Schanck Resort, the raw, uncompromising beauty of the Mornington Peninsula coastline is expressed within its walls, from the sensual, curving shapes of its corridors and salons to the soaring spaces that offer views stretching from Melbourne’s skyline to the wild shores of Bass Strait.

On a mission to capture the essence of the resort, RoyalAuto sent art director Lisa Luscombe and photographers Anne Morley and Shannon Morris to the cape, to share with readers their impressions of this extraordinary destination, located in this special corner of coastal Victoria.

In a series of moodboards, the trio bring together a collection of images and objects evoking the synchronicity created by nature – the winds, tides and seasons – and the work of the dedicated architects and builders, artists, chefs and craftspeople who have brought the resort to life.    

Sea, sand and rock

The colours of the dunes: bright gold and sand-soft hues. The rounded form of the resort takes inspiration from the curve of a beach, a sea-weathered shell.

Glass tiles from Bisazza add a dramatic flair to the interior of the resort’s lifts.

Finger limes from Cape restaurant.

The coastal landscape's moods and colours are reflected in every room.

Changing light transforms the curving lobby staircase from gold to pink and deep blue.



Nature’s rosy  glow

Native flowers, local flavours,  warm spices and a cosy fireplace echo the colours of the cape. 

Judith Van Heeren’s paintings of the Great Barrier Reef hang in the relaxation room at One Spa.*

Executive chef Josh Pelham brings the flavours of the peninsula to every plate at Cape.

After a day exploring the coast, the cosy fire in the resort’s lounge is irresistible.

Architects Wood Marsh use of strong shapes and curves is present throughout the resort.



Wild at heart

The bounty of the land and sea. Rich textures, shapes and forms add layers of interest, depth and comfort.

Moody interiors complement wall to ceiling views of the coast.

Hand-blown lighting echoes the fluidity of water.

Faux fur rugs make every room a cosy and inviting retreat.

An elegant glass invites the question: time to try some local wine?



Nature and nurture

Rugged hills and winding roads, rolling seas and stormy skies – the dramatic landscape is ever changing.

Sea-green tiles evoke the ocean at the resort's One Spa. 

Tiles by Bisazza feature in the spa. 

Take a walk on the coast and be immersed in wilderness. 

Wool carpets in the colours of the cape bring the outside in.


Cape Schanck Resort opens on 1 August.

Book now to take advantage of special member opening offers (online bookings only). Click here to find out more.   

*Judith Van Heeren  Day Seagarden 2017 oil on linen image courtesy the artist and Murray White Room.