Howe best to en­joy lux­ury

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - SUITE LIFE -

A BEAU­TI­FUL get­away awaits at Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Is­land. This bou­tique lux­ury re­treat is perched on the south­ern end of the is­land 600km off the coast of Syd­ney. There are stun­ning views to be had of the beach and ma­jes­tic Mt Gower and Mt Lidg­bird, which stand on the shore like guardians of the is­land.

Capella Lodge in­cludes nine ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed suites, a restau­rant with sweep­ing views, li­brary with open fire­place, mas­sage treat­ment room, deck with plunge pool and a hid­den hot spa.

What we like

Beach­house cool, un­der­stated lux­ury and re­laxed style is what this lodge is all about. Staff and man­age­ment are pro­fes­sional and warm. At­ten­tion to de­tail in the suites is sub­lime, from the soft woollen throws to the light cot­ton robes and silky soft sheets. The im­pres­sive bath­room fea­tures rain­wa­ter show­er­head, stylish wood bench­tops and es­sen­tial oil soap wash and plush Bem­boka tow­els.

Not so keen

The open bar strictly starts at 6pm. Or­der a drink at 5.45pm and you’ll be pay­ing top price. A Corona costs $ 9.

The room

The down­stairs level of the pre­mium Lidg­bird Pavil­ion has a stylish bath­room and liv­ing room with open fire­place. It opens on to a wrap­around deck with pri­vate plunge pool and is­land tub nes­tled be­neath a frangipani tree. The up­stairs bed­room has a comfortable king bed. The bal­cony has stun­ning moun­tain and ocean views.

Food and drink

The all-in­clu­sive gourmet break­fasts, sun­set drinks and canapes and three­course din­ners with se­lected wines are no less than de­li­cious.

The mini-bar test

Stay in the Lidg­bird Pavil­ion and your full mini-bar is in­cluded. Oth­er­wise all non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages are cov­ered in the rates. Tasty snacks in­clude Barossa Val­ley Baby Bert 80g ($ 5), Kur­ra­jong Kitchen Lavosh 100g ($ 6.50), Brook­farm Macadamias ($ 9), By­ron Bay Cook­ies ($ 3) and Ten De­grees Mango and White Chocolate slab ($ 9.50).

The dam­age

Suites at Capella Lodge start from $ 590 a per­son a night and run to $ 990 a per­son a night for the Lidg­bird Pavil­ion. Rates in­clude daily gourmet break­fasts, sun­set drinks and canapes, three-course din­ners and se­lected wines, all non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages, is­land air­port trans­fers and free bi­cy­cle hire. Pre­mium suites also in­clude com­pli­men­tary in-room bar.

The de­tails

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Is­land, New South Wales ( 02) 9918 4355, www. lord­howe. com

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