The remote location is what sets this hotel apart. Perched above Hanson Bay on the south-west of Kangaroo Island, the lodge is the last outpost between Australia and Antarctica. The island itself is Australia’s answer to the Galapagos Islands – sea lions, seals, koalas, wallabies, and of course, kangaroos, are abundant across its 4,500 kilometres of wild terrain and coast. Designed by architect Max Pritchard, Southern Ocean Lodge has become one of Australia’s most recognised luxury properties since opening in 2008.
Southern Ocean Lodge named the fourth best hotel in the world in the US Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2016 World’s Best Awards.
Sensitively designed, this sleek eco-friendly lodge works hard to assimilate with its surroundings. No time or expense has been spared with sourcing sustainable materials – sandblasted limestone floors, recycled spotted gum walls, local art works and installations. Despite the open-plan feel, the atmosphere inside is warm and welcoming.
Each of the 21 suites are cantilevered to ensure every one has a prime oceanfront view. Glass walls extend from the living rooms to the bathrooms, with the hand-crafted free-standing bath in the signature Osprey Suite the pick. Televisions are all but absent, however every other mod-con is there, with luxuriant beds and sunken loungers raising the comfort stakes. Each of the suites are named after the different ships that have come a cropper on this island – for there can be few better place to be shipwrecked.
The food and wine are real highlights. Fresh native produce (from foraged samphire to free-range local lamb) is the order of the day on a menu that changes depending on what is in season. They are accompanied by an impressive selection of wines focused on South Australia’s great regions – Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Coonawarra. All meals are served in the Great Room where a suspended fireplace acts as the centrepiece, or al fresco, although for real privacy there is a wine cellar dining experience available.
Navair, can take you to this magical island from any city across Australia, with private jets to Adelaide and then with a short helicopter ride to Kangaroo Island.
“There can be few better places to be shipwrecked than this opulent wilderness-and-wellness retreat on Kangaroo Island. From the moment you walk into the limestone-clad lobby you are confronted by a wraparound screen of floor-to-ceiling glass to show off its dramatic Southern Ocean setting.”