The flagship property of Australian luxury hotel brand Baillie Lodges teeters on grass-covered limestone cliffs, tucked just far enough into the bluffs to feel protected from the roiling Southern Ocean below. Surrounded on three sides by national parks and facing the namesake seas of Kangaroo Island, just southwest of Adelaide, the Southern Ocean Lodge epitomizes Baillie’s goal of connecting travelers with Australia’s powerful natural landscapes. Built harmoniously into this pristine coastal environment, the 21-suite lodge encourages guests to get out and explore. A range of guided experiences is included in the nightly rate, from a quad bike wilderness tour to "Kangas and Canapés" sunset drinks in the fields where kangaroos and wallabies graze at dusk. The property’s glass-walled suites feature sunken lounges built using the area’s spotted gum and limestone as well as outdoor terraces where guests can listen to the pounding surf. Some of the top suites have outdoor Jacuzzis.
The lobby features a limestone wall and imported Roman floor tiles. The bar and restaurant offer a contrast of land and sea. And there’s a walk-in wine cellar, a shop selling local produce and crafts, and another one of the hotel’s signature sunken lounges. This one has a modern French fireplace suspended from the ceiling, racks of books and magazines, and a deck with a plunge pool that juts toward the ocean.
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At the end of Australia
Located on the southern tip of Kangaroo Island, situated on a cliff overlooking the rough Southern Ocean sits the luxurious and architecturally stunning South Ocean Lodge Resort – otherwise know as SOL. Friends of mine and I visited SOL for four days and three nights this past May, their winter season. The resort provides guests with guided excursions around the island provide a great way to see the wildlife. From koala bears to roos and wallabies to the sea lions and fur seals – there is a lot to take in, especially with the stunning backdrop of the South Ocean and the crazy rocks formed long ago in the area. SOL’s food is beyond compare. Each carefully prepared meal, breakfast, lunch and diner, are different each day. Much of it is locally sourced and is delicious! And since all you meals and liquor are included, guests are invited to select any wine from their beautiful wine cellar or bar. We discovered David Franz wine while we were there. Only available in Australia, it was a rare find, thanks to Ash, the restaurant manager. Ash even helped us set up a winery tour once we got back to the Barossa Valley. The service is excellent, and during the wintertime season, it was wonderful spending the afternoons and evening in the hot tub or by the fireplace. Hiking along the breath-taking beaches and cliffs surrounding the resort is a must!
Possibly one of the best lodges I've ever stayed in. Kangaroo Island is a 17-minute flight from Adelaide and the drive to the lodge is 50-minutes. You will see tons of wildlife including kanagroos, koalas and exotic birds. The food and accomodations are top notch but it's not cheap.
The ultimate moment of serenity: submerged in a salt-water pool that overlooks the secluded and infinite Southern Ocean coastline of Kangaroo Island.
Southern Ocean Lodge is perched on a dramatic cliff peering over the turquoise seas. The infinite view of the waves crashing against the cliffs is beyond rewarding after making the journey to this remote island off the coast of Australia to simply sit here, with a glass of wine in hand, in complete isolation.
Treading lightly on scrub-covered dunes above the sea, luxe Kangaroo Island boutique hotel Southern Ocean Lodge is an exquisite designer haven. Solitude, serenity and privacy are what guests are paying for – staying here you get the feeling there’s no-one else within miles (and there probably isn’t). Calming, contemporary interiors embrace the outdoors, with all-inclusive food, drinks and activities adding to a restful stay. Outside Australia's Galapagos awaits, from kangaroos and seals to wild beaches and spectacular coastal rocks.Backed by an impressive limestone wall and with imported Roman floor tiles, the multi-faceted lobby area has something for everyone. The bar and restaurant occupy a large part of it, but there’s also a walk-in wine cellar in-the-round, a shop selling local produce, arts and crafts, a sunken lounge area with a too-cool French fireplace suspended from the ceiling, racks of quirky books and hip magazines, and an outdoor extension with a plunge pool.
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Southern Ocean Lodge
See native wildlife in the ecological haven of Kangaroo Island, and then load up on fresh produce, Ligurian honey, free-range chickens and eggs, and wine produced by 30 growers from Cape Willoughby to Kingscote. Try spotting the roos and koalas at sunset while enjoying the gastronomic journey of a “produce-to-plate” tour of Kangaroo Island at Southern Ocean Lodge. Then observe wallabies, brush-tailed possums and kangaroos on a nocturnal tour.