Georgia Hopkins

Southern Ocean Lodge

Kangaroo Island, Aus

by: Georgia Hopkins

  • Why

    For some remote island luxury.

  • When

    November 2015

  • Who

    Sister time.

Highs + Lows

  • The location: a rugged, remote and pristine setting atop the limestone cliffs of Kangaroo Island.

  • The food: fresh, seasonal, and local where possible - Ally Waddell (ex-Qualia on Hamilton Island) heads up the impressive kitchen.

  • The views: hard to beat.

  • The design: clean lines, environmentally-considered, and still relevant 8 years on.

  • The open bar: the most impressive wine cellar and biggest range of spirits we have seen in a bar (let alone an open bar) anywhere in the world. Our pick: Bailie Lodges’ very own craft gin label, bailies 9. Produced in small batches using fresh botanicals including a KI native juniper, coriander, cardamon, cinnamon, and more.

  • The selection of magazines: an impressive array (and endless supply) of the most current food, travel, design, style, and fashion magazines.

  • The service: friendly, welcoming, non-obtrusive.

: 50/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Award-winning, architecturally delightful, remote luxury lodge.

  • Vibe

    Super chilled.

  • Location

    Kangaroo Island, South Australia (Australia’s answer to the Galápagos).

  • Rooms

    21 suites.

  • Music

    Quietly in the background.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Max Pritchard.

  • Pool/Gym

    No, but a lovely spa.

  • Restaurant

    Yes - fresh, local, seasonal. Really impressive.

  • Bar

    Yes - the most expansive and generous open bar we have ever seen.

  • Minibar

    Yes, excellent.

  • Wifi

    Yes, but patchy.

  • Children

    Didn't see any.

  • Price

    Up there.

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Southern Ocean Lodge

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