Kangaroo Island: A new life for the Southern Ocean Lodge

December 11, 2023
By Patrick Cros

Four years after its closure due to a dramatic bushfire, Baillie Lodges' flagship property, Southern Ocean Lodge, has reopened its doors in December on the south coast of Kangaroo Island. A beautiful accommodation and good news for travelers exploring one of Australia's most sought-after islands for the beauty of its landscapes and its rich wildlife.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of the bushfires which swept across Kangaroo Island at the end of December 2019 and early January 2020, Southern Ocean Lodge is now rebuilt and the 23 suites along the coastline are now ready to be booked and welcome guests. Rates are dynamic only and can be accessed by travel agents via Goway online booking portal.

The original architect, Max Pritchard, designed the rebuilt property along with his partner Andrew Gunner, reintegrating all the features that clients loved the most, with some notable refinements in addition.

Guest suites, featuring private decks, an EcoSmart fireplace and sink-in bathtub, are reoriented to open towards the southeast to take full advantage of a dramatic view along the coast, while the distinctive ‘Great Room’ terrace now boasts a wet-edge pool too.

A new four-bedroom 640m2 Ocean Pavilion has also been created, offering a single four-bedroom owner’s residence or two separate two-bedroom suites.

Beyond the rooms, guests can slip into the spa with space for three treatment rooms, gymnasium, a sauna and hot and cold plunge pools with bushland views. A place made to relax after a day discovering the island’s abundant walks and wildlife like sea lions, seals, kangaroos and koalas.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all cooked by the Chef on locally sourced products.

Sustainable features of the lodge include boosted rainwater capture and solar power generation, smart building materials, a remote-controlled sprinkler system, and a reinvigoration of the surrounding natural environment with some 45,000 biodiverse native plants propagated onsite and planted in a natural buffer from the wilderness. A stay at the lodge includes all dining, open bar, five signature Kangaroo Island experiences, and airport transfers.

Images : Southern Ocean Lodge

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