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