Great Es­capes

An is­land eco re­treat.

Australian House & Garden - - Contents -

Nes­tled idyl­li­cally among grass trees and eu­ca­lyp­tus groves, South­ern Ocean Lodge on SA’s Kan­ga­roo Is­land has ce­mented its sta­tus as one of Aus­tralia’s top lux­ury des­ti­na­tions.

Set on 102ha of bush­land over­look­ing the dra­matic cliffs of Han­son Bay (left, bot­tom), this low-pro­file lodge de­signed by Ade­laide ar­chi­tect Max Pritchard has made a com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able, lo­cally sourced ma­te­ri­als. Each of the 21 ex­quis­ite suites fea­tures walls of re­cy­cled spot­tedgum,lime­stonetilin­gand­floor-to-ceil­ing­win­dows that frame panoramic views (pic­tured cen­tre left is the Osprey Pavil­ion). Fur­ni­ture by SA de­signer Khai Liew is com­ple­mented by plush up­hol­stery in smoky blues and eu­ca­lypt greens. A 200m-long lime­stone wall winds through the Great Room, an open-plan re­cep­tion, din­ing, bar and lounge space (top). In­tri­cate gum­leaf man­dalas by lo­cal artist Ja­nine Mack­in­tosh adorn al­coves in the din­ing area, where hat­ted chef Alas­tair Wad­dell serves up a chang­ing menu that high­lights the is­land’s pro­duce.

With a choice of out­door ad­ven­tures and lux­u­ri­ous in-house spa treat­ments, vis­i­tors can cre­ate their own itin­er­ary for ex­treme re­lax­ation and to­tal re­vival. www.south­er­nocean­

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