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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    • Life Changing

    • Environmental Consciousness

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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

    Hanson Bay Road, Kingscote, Australia

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