Southern Ocean Lodge; Relaxation, Spas and Kangaroos

Southern Ocean Lodge; Relaxation, Spas and Kangaroos

Do you fancy experiencing #luxury in a wild location? Then #Australia is the place for you, and in particular I recommend the Southern Ocean Lodge, lounge in comfort and style, whilst you nibble on appetizers surrounded by kangaroos.


The driveway, a simple dirt road, sneaks through dense mallee forest up to a low hill. From here, a covered walkway leads to large rusted steel entrance doors. When the wings of the door open, you are stopped in your tracks. What lies beyond is jaw-dropping; a 180-degree panorama of the Southern ocean. What an entrance. It simply overwhelms you. By the time you recover from the effect, you realize that your arrival at the Southern ocean Lodge has been carefully staged.

With the opening of the Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest island, it has been put firmly on the map for those looking for absolute luxury in a wild location. 

Put firmly on the map for those looking for absolute luxury in a wild location
Beauty in the wilderness
Beauty in the wilderness

The lodge is essentially a combination of five elements: A mind-blowingly beautiful location, inspiring architecture, sumptuous South Australian cuisine, the highest standard of accommodation and an incredible attention to detail. The goal has been set high by its visionary owner, James Baillie; “destined to become a South Australian icon, Southern Ocean Lodge is designed as a sanctuary of comfort, style and personal intimacy, redefining the Australian standard.” 

It’s no wonder that Southern Ocean Lodge ranked among the 30 best new hotels in the world in 2008.

from  $1,100

Hotel Southern Ocean Lodge

 Hanson Bay Rd - Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia
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The lodge is perched on a low, gently sloping hill, surrounded by pristine coastal vegetation on the rugged south coast of Kangaroo Island. Not far below, the land ends in dramatic limestone cliffs. At the base of the cliffs the waves of the ever-restless Southern ocean pound the rocks, creating a constant roar. Visible from almost every part of the lodge is Hanson Bay, a sweeping sandy beach in a break in the bulwark of cliffs. Despite its commanding position, the lodge makes little visual impact on its surroundings when viewed from the boardwalk and track down to the beach below. 

Off exploring
Off exploring

This is one of the architectural achievements of the lodge; to merge the building into the untouched coastal environment. It comes as no surprise to learn that the architectural mind behind the lodge, Max Pritchard, is not just a well-known architect, but an architect with an intimate understanding of the location, as he was born and raised on Kangaroo Island.

TerraceLow visual-impact exterior and high  visual-impact interior; Southern Ocean  Lodge  blends into  the  untamed coastal landscape until you cross the threshold, where it seduces with style. The wilderness, however, is always just  a few foot-steps away.
Terrace

Great architecture, however, can become a meaningless shell if the interior doesn’t support the big picture. 

Style and luxury
Style and luxury

For Southern Ocean Lodge, local limestone, recycled timber and huge panes of glass are complemented with stylish contemporary furniture. 

Local limestone, recycled timber and huge panes of glass are complemented with stylish contemporary furniture

Together with a fastidious attention to detail, James has created a masterpiece of style and luxury. 

And yet it is the wild nature of this remote location that steals the show and creates the visual entertainment, exactly as it was intended.

TerraceLow visual-impact exterior and high  visual-impact interior; Southern Ocean  Lodge  blends into  the  untamed coastal landscape until you cross the threshold, where it seduces with style. The wilderness, however, is always just  a few foot-steps away.
Low visual-impact exterior and high visual-impact interior; Southern Ocean Lodge blends into the untamed coastal landscape until you cross the threshold, where it seduces with style. 

Due to its remote location and its welcoming atmosphere, most guests are happy to dine at the lodge. And what a good thing that is. The creative mind behind this successful bid to make a mark on South Australia’s celebrated food scene is young executive chef Tim Bourke. Together with his talented team, he taps into the island’s already dynamic food culture and sources the ingredients for his exceptional dishes from some of the finest local producers. 

There is a distinct focus on seafood which comes as no surprise given that the surrounding waters produce some of the best crustaceans and fish in Australia. 

A distinct focus on seafood which comes as no surprise given that the surrounding waters produce some of the best crustaceans and fish in Australia

Add marron, a sweet freshwater crayfish farmed nearby, and seafood lovers will find their personal heaven. 

But Kangaroo Island’s producers have much more to offer, such as organic lamb, sheep dairy, honey, free-range chicken and eggs, and olive oil. All of these ingredients find their way onto Tim’s menu.

There are 21 guest rooms attached to the main lodge. Lined up one behind the other, the accommodation forms a long arm that gently curves down the hill towards hanson Bay.

It’s like observing the drama unfold in IMAX format; although the glass protects you from the elements, there seems to be no barrier between you and the powerful forces of nature.

although the glass protects you from the elements, there seems to be no barrier between you and the powerful forces of nature

The lodge is situated between two of the premier nature reserves of the island; Kelly hill conservation Park, with its limestone caves, and Flinders chase National Park. 

Outdoor activities are encouraged, and a range of guided adventures are offered by the lodge. For a gentle late afternoon outing, Kangaroos and canapés is a great way to start your exploration of the natural side of the island.

While sipping a glass of champagne and munching on appetizers, you will find yourself surrounded by grazing kangaroos. 

Sipping a glass of champagne and munching on appetizers, you will find yourself surrounded by grazing kangaroos
Kangaroos
Kangaroos

Closer to the lodge is the spectacular cliff top walk or the hike down to Hanson Bay. Or you can celebrate the sunset at Remarkable Rocks, which are sculptured granite formations that resemble masterpieces by English sculptor Henry Moore, or join the penguin night walk. 

Then there is the visit to the richly decorated Kelly hill caves, also not far from the lodge. On clear nights, stargazing is another fascinating activity. For the early risers, Seal Bay Sunrise gives you an up-close view of Australian sea lions while the pre-breakfast beach fishing excursion celebrates an Australian holiday tradition.

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Additionally, the Kangaroo Island-based tour company Exceptional Kangaroo Island has an arrangement with the lodge for private charters to introduce guests to natural, historic, artistic and culinary wonders.

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to introduce guests to natural, historic, artistic and culinary wonders

If this is all too strenuous, you can opt for pampering in the Southern Spa, located in a pavilion on top of a hill with commanding views over the wild coastal landscape.

from  $126

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Indulge in relaxing and healing spa treatments inspired by indigenous methods, using the Li’tya spa product range and local botanical ingredients. 

Indulge in relaxing and healing spa treatments inspired by indigenous methods
Spa
Spa

Whatever your desire, there’s a good chance it will be sated at Southern Ocean Lodge.

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