Kangaroo Island is a magical place, teaming with wild life, with lots of small local producers of all types of edibles, several fine boutique wineries (be sure to book a visit to The Islander) and even a distillery KIS, that produces unique spirits flavoured with local plants. Southern Ocean Lodge is definitely the place to stay on the island to fully enjoy the wilderness, serenity and experiences that KI offers. The rooms are superb - all look out to Hanson Bay with floor to ceiling windows and yet have complete privacy. I loved being able to walk around naked without having to draw the curtains. I kept the door to the terrace open at night (there's a bug screen) to allow the sound of the crashing waves to flood into the room and the ocean breeze to keep the room cool without the need of air conditioning. There is floor heating - an option you can turn on or off too. My room was the "smallest" type a Flinders suite but still very spacious: with kitchen galley, separate shower, sink and toilet spaces, sunken lounge area, terrace etc. However I'd go up one category if my husband had been with me to get double sinks and a bathtub in an Ocean Retreat suite. Chef Tim Bourke focusses on local cuisine getting as much as 75 per cent or more from KI producers, farmers and fishermen. You'll wait between courses but as long as you are in the mood for fine dining, it's worth it. The open bar means you can try out as many of the wines and spirits as you like, including about 8 wine labels from KI and a good selection of local spirits from KIS, Clifford's honey mead and other local delights. Be sure to order a bottle of The Islander Investigator, a ripe and unctous cabernet franc wine made under the tutelage of Jacques Lurton. The key to enjoying this place is to take charge of your choices. If you want quicker, simpler food ask for the classic menu. If you don't want to be over organized (you'll be given a suggested schedule of activities when you arrive) - just skip the things that don't appeal. And switch things around if you need to as it's your holiday. I do suggest at least one spa appointment - the setting is divine. And don't miss the Wonders of KI which is included in the booking rate and is a great introduction to the wonders of the island. It's operated by Exceptional Kangaroo Island, a tour company that knows the island inside and out. If you want to have further experiences I recommend this company. Craig Wickham, managing director, organized two special days of private touring for me based on my interests and did a fantastic job of taking me where I really wanted to go. (The Andermel Marron aquafarm, Island Pure sheep cheeses, The Islander and the Bay of Shoals wineries, Island Beehive, KIS distillery, and of course to see the sea lions, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies etc.) The resort also offers a lot of guided hikes and specialized tours as well as those excursions and morning hikes that are included in the rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island is Australia's most extraordinary luxury lodge experience. Exclusive and award-winning, the world-class lodge is sensitively designed to float amongst the coastal drama of the island's south west, offering an unforgettable blend of contemporary luxury and pure nature. Twenty-one luxurious suites welcome panoramic views of the great Southern Ocean and boundless coastal wilderness and feature lavish sleeping areas, sunken lounge and glass-surround ensuite. The Southern Spa features signature treatments with Kangaroo Island botanicals designed to relax and rejuvenate. All-inclusive rates, first name service and personalised experiential itinerary combine to offer guests the ultimate Kangaroo Island encounter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Southern Ocean Hotel Kangaroo Island