An island eco retreat.
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.southernoceanlodge.com.au.