Southern Ocean Lodge is one of Australia’s most extraordinary luxury retreats, perched dramatically atop limestone cliffs on the unspoilt south-west coast of Kangaroo Island.
The flagship of the Baillie Lodges collection, it opened in 2008 to international acclaim and set new standards in Australian luxury accommodation. The Lodge won the title of Hotel of the Year from Tatler magazine soon after it opened and has gone on to secure a succession of other international accolades in the years since, from titles including Conde Nast Traveller, Travel+Leisure and Australian Gourmet Traveller.
Combining a spectacular location with striking architecture and a refined aesthetic, the Lodge provides a luxe base from which to explore the pristine landscapes and prolific wildlife of Kangaroo Island. It embodies Baillie Lodges’ own distinct style of hospitality, providing attentive first-name service with warmth and a spirit of generosity. Sensitively designed to have a minimal impact on both the landscape and delicate coastal ecosystems, Southern Ocean Lodge treads lightly on its surrounds yet still allows guests an intimate contact with the island environment. Each of its 21 suites offers sweeping views of the wild Southern Ocean and rugged coastal surrounds, providing a luxury refuge from which to enjoy the constantly changing scenery.
All suites at Southern Ocean Lodge feature generous sleeping areas, inviting sunken lounges, modern glass-walled bathrooms and outdoor terraces. The contemporary design by architect Max Pritchard enhances the Southern Ocean views from every suite, while the use of local materials such as recycled timber and limestone provides a subtle link to the landscape, adding to a sense of place. At the heart of the Lodge is the magnificent Great Room, a breath-taking space framing remarkable views of the rugged coastline. It provides a stylish area in which to relax, read, socialise or reflect on the surrounds, while an adjoining outdoor terrace allows an opportunity to enjoy the pure ocean air and uninterrupted views from outside.Dining at Southern Ocean Lodge is an experience in itself, capitalising on Kangaroo Island’s rapidly developing status as a haven for artisan growers and food producers. The Lodge chefs work closely with island providores to source fine seasonal produce and create innovative contemporary menus. Each meal is a showcase of local delicacies such as oysters, lobster, marron, free-range lamb and Kangaroo Island’s famous Ligurian honey, while an open bar and well-stocked cellar offer a superb collection of exclusively South Australian fine wines.
Secluded from the main Lodge along a short boardwalk is the acclaimed Southern Spa, a cliff-top sanctuary offering an indulgent menu of signature treatments to cleanse and revive. Incorporating the Dreamtime-inspired LI’TYA range of spa treatment products, it utilises ingredients inspired by the island environment including mineral salts, pink clay, eucalyptus, lavender and Ligurian honey.