Need to know
10.30am, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $1511.20 (AU$2,000), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include all meals, open bar with premium wine and spirits, in-suite bar, selected Kangaroo Island experiences and island airport transfers. Rates don't include a 2.5 per cent credit-card surcharge that'll be charged by the hotel onsite.
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.
At the hotel
Destination spa, wine cellar, library lounge with board games and DVDs, mountain bikes. In rooms: free WiFi, sound system with MP3 input, minibar, Li’Tya toiletries and outdoor terrace with day-bed. Selected suites have flatscreen TVs, DVD players and EcoSmart fires.
Our favourite rooms
There are five grades of rooms here and unsurprisingly, top dog, the super-private Osprey Suite, is the pick of the bunch. Jaw-dropping views, separate sunken lounge, freestanding oval handmade stone bath and terrace spa, plus state-of-the-art audiovisual gadgets (including a laptop). On a more affordable tip, we also love the 11 Flinders Suites (which have dreamy day-beds for terrace chilling), and five Ocean Retreats (with fabulous freestanding tubs and fireplaces).
No full-size pool, but there’s an infinity-edge plunge pool outside on the terrace by the restaurant, plus hot tubs in the Remarkable Suites and Osprey Pavilion. A short walk away, Hanson Bay has consistent surf for a rough-and-tumble swim.
Leave your ego at home. Sure, you’re paying for the privilege of being here (and it is a privilege), but management takes a first-name-basis approach, and the vibe is casual and unfussed. Don’t expect to hear any obsequious ‘sirs’ or ‘ma’ms’.
There’s a minimum two-night stay. Multi-night packages are available, incorporating day-spa treatments, room upgrades and private island charter tours.
Only kids over 10 years old are allowed. Extra beds can be provided for AU$600 a person (with a minimum of two guests in each room).
The Lodge welcomes children aged 10 and over only. Extra beds can be provided for kids for AU$600 a child when sharing a suite with two adults.
Kids aged 10 and over are welcome to stay in family suites for AU$600 extra a child, each night.
There are two 120sq m Ocean Family Suites available, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a sizeable outdoor terrace. Beds can be arranged either as two king-size beds, or one king and two singles. Add a rollaway bed to sleep five.
Children will love most of the Lodge's organised activities (especially surf fishing, stargazing and the trips to Seal Bay and Remarkable Rocks), but little legs mightn’t be up for some of the longer hikes.
The kids might like a dunk on the terrace spa outside the restaurant, but ask them to respect other guests’ right to peace and quiet by keeping splashing around to a minimum. Alternatively, take them down to the surf at Hanson Bay!
Kids eat with the adults in the restaurant; the kitchen will endeavour to cater to any special requirements.
Babysitting is not available.
No need to pack
Southern Ocean Lodge is an all-inclusive experience for kids too: you won’t need to bring anything extra, except maybe a few kid-friendly DVDs to keep them entertained.
Kids aged 11 and over will probably get the most out of staying here.
Southern Ocean Lodge is an eco-attuned operator. It’s rainwater reliant, with breezeway ventilation, and an advanced greywater/compost recycling system. A solar power system is also planned and the lodge runs local environmental projects.