The Best Hotels and Places to Stay in Rosebud, Victoria

Enjoy a stylish seaside stay at Blue Waters on the Beach
Enjoy a stylish seaside stay at Blue Waters on the Beach | Courtesy of Blue Waters on the Beach / Booking.com
Imogen Kars

Headed for the Mornington Peninsula, that area of outstanding natural beauty southeast of Melbourne? Veer off the Nepean Highway and call in at Rosebud, a beloved seaside town renowned for giving a good holiday. The beach is calm, sheltered and perfect for unwinding, and the town is a wonderful base for exploring Victoria. Can’t decide where to sleep? Here are the top hotels in Rosebud – all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Musician’s Retreat, for artistic environs

Bed and Breakfast

Wood cabins at The Musician’s Retreat B&B are illuminated at night
Courtesy of The Musician’s Retreat / Booking.com

Calling all creatives: peace, relaxation and serenity are the rewards when you book in at this unfussy bed and breakfast, whether you’re a travelling performer or an operatic duo. There’s even a studio plus engineer to hand. Three accommodations include the two-bedroom Music Room and the groovy-grey furnished Pepper Tree Studio. Staying here, you’re well placed to explore Rosebud, and luxuries include an acre of luscious gardens and a solar-heated outdoor saltwater pool.

2. Fairways Resort, for a golf getaway

Resort

A modern double bedroom at Fairways Resort with blue-carpet floors, a double bed, and sea paintings on the wall
Courtesy of Fairways Resort / Booking.com

Looking for something a little lavish? Fairways Resort has long attracted urban escapees seeking solace on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s a delightful retreat, cocooned among gum trees with an expansive native bushland backdrop. The rooms, with private courtyards, are pale in decor and super-relaxing – pick the spa suite for a generous slide-into corner bath. Head to the ​Rosebud Country Club Restaurant, where glass walls overlook the golf greens, and lunch on pizzas, spaghetti and burgers. Next stop – the impressive 36-hole championship golf course.

3. Summit Views, for lofty lookouts

Apartment, Luxury

A golden sunset light flows through large windows at Summit Views, hitting a comfy-looking sofa set
Courtesy of Summit Views / Expedia

Luxury explorers, this one’s for you: a sui generis romantic getaway built of western red cedar, tucked into the slopes of Arthurs Seat State Park. From your expansive balcony you’ll get panoramic views of the ocean and the native bushland, and you can even glimpse the outskirts of Melbourne. Accommodations are apartment-style – both Eagle’s Nest and the Skyview Penthouse are lofty with warming hearths. A hop, skip and a jump away from Rosebud town itself, this is the base for anyone out to discover the best of the peninsula.

4. Seas the Day, for homely relaxation

Villa

A pool area at Seas the Day Rosebud with wooden decking, shaded seating and a dipping pool
Courtesy of Seas the Day Rosebud / Booking.com

Got your heart set on undiluted tranquillity? Hole up and forget the world at this rather good-looking three-star Rosebud holiday home – a beach house with fine sea views. The timber-centric design is clean and minimalist, with three bedrooms, a jetted spa tub and a fitted kitchen so you can be as hermit-like as you fancy. The decor is drowsily seductive, down to the low faux-wicker seating on the planked terrace. There’s a garden to relax in, barbecues to cook a feast on, and a lavish outdoor pool for the sweaty summer months. What’s not to love?

5. Nautique Beach House, for foodie forays

Villa

A bright living room at Nautique Beach House has light-wood flooring and a white L-shaped sofa
Courtesy of Nautique Beach House / Booking.com

If light and airy is your go-to, make a beeline for this beachside four-bedroom holiday home, which sports a jaunty nautical theme – light wood-effect floors, mid-century Eames-style chairs – in spacious, bright living areas. Staying here, you’re just a short walk from some of the best foodie moments in Rosebud, including Milbri for brunch burritos and Spitfire Restaurant and Grill for gourmet burgers. A little adventure? You’re close to key sights including Arthurs Seat State Park and the beloved Peninsula Hot Springs. Rather curl up and take it easy? This is the beach house that keeps on giving, with extras including game consoles to fill your days.

6. Banksia on the Bay, for great DIY cooking

Villa

A modern seating space at Banksia on the Bay with dark grey sofas, a wooden coffee table, and a bare-brick wall
Courtesy of Banksia on the Bay / Booking.com

Among the hotels in Rosebud, Banksia on the Bay makes waves. It’s a quaint little beach house a couple of minutes’ walk beyond the town centre, all charming bare-brick indoor walls, airy living rooms and modern decor. With grocery stores close by, eating in – using the kitchen – is a cinch. There are also three bedrooms, barbecue facilities and a spacious grass-covered backyard for summer days and nights. And with bedside espresso machines, we can’t think of a better way to wake up in the bay.

7. Blue Waters on the Beach, for a shoreside sojourn

Villa

A modern suite at Blue Waters on the Beach with a kitchen and living space, and double doors leading to a balcony
Courtesy of Blue Waters on the Beach / Booking.com

With dreamy sea views from the balcony, this right-by-the-beach house is a dazzler, one of the most popular check ins around. Just 100m (330ft) from Rosebud Bay, in McCrae, it’s clean and spacious with an uplifting atmosphere, helped by luscious indoor plants and soft-toned wood finishes. From laundry facilities to barbecues and a kitted out kitchen it’s got everything a dirty stop-in could think of – and you’ll love waking up to the salty sea breeze tickling your nostrils.

8. Windella Escape, for a great base for peninsula adventures

Villa

The homely-looking building of Windella Escape has bare bricks on the lower half and a garage
Courtesy of Windella Escape / Booking.com

A 15-minute walk from Rosebud Beach, and a few minutes’ drive from the centre, this is a home from home (and then some) with all the trimmings – three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a terrace and barbecue facilities plus much-needed air conditioning. The look is accessible-luxe: expanses of marble, clean white decor and a smattering of comfortable couches and seating spots. A wonderful place to rest your head after a big day criss-crossing the Mornington Peninsula.

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