Georgia Hopkins

Southern Ocean Lodge

  • Where:
  • Why:For some remote island luxury.
  • When:November 2015
  • Who:Sister time.
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Southern Ocean Lodge Southern Ocean Lodge: blending seamlessly into its rugged surroundings.

Southern Ocean Lodge: blending seamlessly into its rugged surroundings.

Southern Ocean Lodge Sweet dreams are guaranteed here.

Sweet dreams are guaranteed here.

Southern Ocean Lodge Rock steady.

Rock steady.

Southern Ocean Lodge The colors of Kangaroo Island.

The colors of Kangaroo Island.

Southern Ocean Lodge This incredible beach will be yours only, and is only 10mins walk from the lodge.

This incredible beach will be yours only, and is only 10mins walk from the lodge.

Southern Ocean Lodge Desserts like this (twice a day).

Desserts like this (twice a day).

Southern Ocean Lodge  Not a bad view from the breakfast table...

Not a bad view from the breakfast table...

Southern Ocean Lodge Happy place.

Happy place.

Southern Ocean Lodge The king of all the suites.

The king of all the suites.

Southern Ocean Lodge Rainbows on your plate.

Rainbows on your plate.

Southern Ocean Lodge Spritzin'.

Spritzin'.

Southern Ocean Lodge Incredible clifftop walks.

Incredible clifftop walks.

Southern Ocean Lodge Our picnic spot of choice.

Our picnic spot of choice.

Southern Ocean Lodge The killer view that welcomes you on arrival.

The killer view that welcomes you on arrival.

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

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

    2008

  • Designed By

    Max Pritchard.

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Children

    Didn't see any.

  • Price

    Up there.

  • Website

    http://www.southernoceanlodge.com.au

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