We had only time to spend 2 nights at Southern Ocean Lodge though we flew there from Adelaide as early as we could and left on the late afternoon service. Yes, it was expensive but you don't begrudge that when the experience is so fantastic. Met on arrival by a friendly staff member, you are immediately made to feel at home. Someone takes you through the schedule for your visit, having first handed you a glass of bubbly, and then you are taken to your huge, beautiful room with its stunning view of the ocean. The bedroom area is raised and leads down to a sitting room with a large semi-circular sofa. There is a separate dressing room with masses of space for clothes, plus a safe, ironing board and iron, rucksacks, beach towels, well equipped fridge with wine and spirits all included in the room tariff. They appear to cater for everything you might need for your visit. There is an outside deck with table and seats which sadly we couldn't take advantage of as the wind was so strong (this often happens, apparently. It also prevented us from doing the cliff top walk but our other activities include an early evening 'kangaroos and canapés', a trip to see the Remarkable Rocks and the fur seals, and an outing to Seal Bay. We opted to pay extra for the nocturnal walk where we had sightings of more kangaroos, wallabies and koalas - well worth it and with the clue-up staff providing an early dinner so we didn't miss out.
The staff generally are worthy of special notice. They are friendly without being pushy, incredibly knowledgeable and so, so helpful. One of them, noticing that I was about to embark on the night walk inadequately dressed went off and got me one of the lodge jackets so I would be warm enough.
The food was exceptional. We particularly enjoyed the lunchtime tapas, but all the meals were delicious, fresh and locally sourced. Our one regret, like other reviewers was that we had only the two nights there.
- 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