My husband and I spent a weekend here in early February, we took the 20 minute flight from Adelaide at 9.30 Friday morning, were collected at the airport and transferred to the Lodge by 11.30am. As we flew out at 6pm on the Sunday night we had a full 3 day experience, even though we were only staying for two nights - our room and all facilities were full available to us from start to end.
We were greeted with an itinerary we largely stuck to, chatted to by the manager and plied with wine in front of what must be one of the most incredible hotel lounge views in the world.
The entire complex was painstakingly designed, natural, minimalist and comfortable.
The staff were all incredibly friendly and made you feel at home at what (for the price) I had been a little worried might be a pretentious hotel. Not at all.
Even though the price is extremely high, the fact that everything you could want (apart from high end wines and the spa) is included makes you feel like you're in an incredibly generous environment - the open bar and well stocked cellar was a highlight as was the food. Be warned, the portion sizes are tiny BUT you are being fed 3-4 course meals 3 times a day, plus free mini bar/pantry in your room and canapés at night, so I definitely never felt hungry and actually appreciated being able to enjoy the incredible local flavours without feeling like I'd overindulged!
The basic spa prices are a little high, but the packages aren't too bad. a 2 hour scrub, wrap and massage was $290 and one of the absolutely best spa experiences I've ever had.
Another highlight was the included tours of the island - I've been to KI several times and still loved it. I can only imagine that to overseas visitors, being escorted for bush walks, and exposed to kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and some of the natural wonder of KI must be an incredible life experience.
Overall, the only thing I struggle with is the price, because I'll have to save for a year to get back there for another weekend! I would love to go back though, it was one of the best, most prolonged and relaxing weekends I've ever had.
Thanks to all the staff.
- 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 en suite. 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
- Also Known As:
- Southern Ocean Hotel Kangaroo Island