Southern Ocean Lodge
Guest Book

Guest Book

“The overall setting, indoor and outdoor are beautiful and the landscape takes your breath away upon entering the Lodge. Being able to get outdoors to see the wildlife was just what we were looking for.”

Jeff & Katie, USA


“The whole experience was sublime. We enjoyed our stay so much, thank you !”

Chris & Jill, Australia


“The Lodges natural setting is breathtaking and the personalised service is inviting without being intrusive. We loved the planned activities as well as the opportunity to wonder on our own.”

Elliot & Joyce, USA


“A beautiful setting with lovely accommodation. The touring was very enjoyable!”

Michael & Hannah, United Kingdom


“Everything was so great! The view which is spectacular, our stunning room, the food and decor, your wonderful staff. The design of everything is perfect.”


Greg & Jackie Winnett, Australia


“The Lodges setting is superb. Attention to detail in architecture and decor is wonderful. The Lodge is built in harmony with the environment. Staff are excellent and the food was a wonderful surprise.. we are in awe of the chef!!”


Phillip Myers, Australia


“The entire experience was seamless and stress free. We felt well taken care of from the moment we arrived.”


Margaret Sutherland & Ann Ghublikian, SA Australia


“Service was exceptional. The whole experience was incredible – definitely one of a kind. A special and memorable stay, thank you for looking after us so well!!”


Tilini Jayaweera, United Kingdom


“My feet have just touched the real world again after the ‘other-wordly’ experience of Southern Ocean Lodge. Congratulations on your creation. Perfect in every way! Can I also say how gracious the staff were and the food was delicious.”

Stephanie Alexander, VIC Australia

“Just a quick note to let you know that we are all still shell shocked after our stay. We had a truly fabulous time. The Lodge itself seems to have maximised the natural beauty of the surrounds. Beautiful understated elegance. The staff were amazing and the food sublime. It was truly an experience we couldn’t fault. I’ve no doubt you’ll be seeing us again at some stage.”

Adelaide Brighton, Corporate Group

“Just walking in the door is an experience. Nothing prepares you for that ‘WOW!’. Seeing the delight on the faces of the international guests makes one realise how lucky we are to have places like this in Australia. It’s truly world class.”


“An amazing combination of beauty, excellence and perfection. The staff are fantastic, but most of all is the atmosphere created to encourage guests to share experiences and cultures. Many thanks for sharing Australian warmth!”

Burt Burnbaum & Barbara Kamke, Florida USA

“A place of great beauty and charm. Magnificent scenery, food, wine and service!”

Carol & Herbert Diamond, Pittsburgh USA

“A unique and great experience, luxury and informality very well mixed together – thanks for the culinary tour for our tastebuds!”

Alexia & Garrick Payne, NSW Australia

“Five magic days – a dream come true, nature and mankind at their best, congratulations, everyone we met here certainly added to the experience.”

Brett & Sue Courtenay, NSW Australia

“Some places you can imagine peace, others you can observe it. Here you find it! Thank you.”

Peter Petzold & Lydia Dalle Nogare, QLD Australia

“After almost five weeks traveling all around Australia, we would like to let you know that Southern Ocean Lodge is our favorite lodge. Other resorts are very well located but as to service, food, privacy, warmth and kindness (Spa as well!!!) Southern Ocean Lodge is the number one, thank you very much again to you and your staff!”

Francesco & Marta Clovis, Italy

“It has been some time since we’ve been as impressed by a new hotel as we were by Southern Ocean Lodge. The 21 suites all come with hypnotic views of the Southern Ocean… our suite was one of the most delightful places we’ve had the pleasure of occupying in a very long time. Southern Ocean Lodge was undoubtedly the highlight of our trip to Australia.”

Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, March 2011

“I simply can not thank you enough. We felt like the most special people in the world. What you have at Southern Ocean Lodge is so much more than the sum of the parts. No surprise that we LOVED the architecture, the grandeur of the setting; the swimming in the pristine waters; the beautiful food so well balanced that you never felt overfull and certainly never hungry; but it was more because of the enormous attention to detail in every part of the experience. Ben and Louise are great managers. Each one of the staff exuded that real sense of hospitality where not only was nothing too much trouble, they were one step ahead of anything we might have wanted. Kangaroo Island has come of age with your belief in it.”

Maggie Beer, SA Australia

“Southern Ocean Lodge was out of this world. The standard of food, accommodation and service was some of the best I have ever experienced and then there is the location… We didn’t want to leave! We have probably been ruined for life by that place!”

Steve & Jean Hannam, United Kingdom

“The most incredible hotel I’ve ever stayed in… It’s love!”

Natalie Reeves, NSW Australia

“A wow place! Caring about people & the environment.”

Judy Kelly, NSW Australia

“From our perspective, the three days spent at SOL were one of the very best holidays we have had in our 28 years of vacating together locally and internationally. Thank you again for making our stay such a delight. You can count on us to be your ambassadors with our family and friends, encouraging anyone contemplating a stay on KI to look no further than SOL.”

Valda And Guy Lavoipierre, VIC Australia

“I felt I was staying at the home of a good friend – a friend with impeccable taste. Thank you.”

James & Sharon Flanigan, Canada

“We had a truly lovely time at SOL. It has been most beautifully put together, magical in location, supremely comfortable and of the highest standard in all things. But, as always it’s the people who make it work and Lou, Ben and the staff were wonderful.”

Sally Mullighan, SA Australia

“The Lodge and all it offers has the ‘OMG’ award. It’s a package that’s got the lot.”

Trish & David Noakes, NSW Australia

“This has been an outstanding experience! We will measure all future stays against your excellent standards…”

Robert & Sharon Lesh, USA

“Thank you for our fantastic holiday… the superb lodge in a stunning location, the wonderful staff, the sensational food and drink, and the exceptional experience program. The experience was the best we’ve had – and we have been to many highly regarded resorts/hotels.”

Steve & Cathi Oberhardt, QLD Australia

“Yet again we had a marvellous, relaxing stay at the lodge. The impact isn’t lost in any way after 3 visits. The attention to detail from the staff was excellent, please thank them again for me. We now have to think about when we can return!”

Kendra Powell, South Australia

“Southern Ocean Lodge seems at the end of the world, but the beginning of a lifetime of memories.”

Jim Strong, Strong Travel, Texas USA

“The Aman resorts may be a reference model for those who haven’t visited the lodge, but frankly I don’t believe SOL needs any comparison: my perspective is that it sits in its own right as a destination and in a different space. Saying that is simply to differentiate the experience and put the quality of SOL on a par with all of the Amans we have enjoyed. The test will always be “would we go back?” – the answer is – without a doubt.”

Danny Anisimoff, NSW Australia

“A note from our first official guests on hearing the Lodge was awarded Tatler “Hotel of the Year 2009″… Congratulations on a well deserved award, what an achievement after only one year. We wish you even more success in the future which is certain to happen with such a unique and special place.”

Peter & Valmai, QLD Australia

“Apart from the inspirational committment toward sustainability, the breathtakingly beautiful & comfortable interiors, the dynamic & pristine natural environment of Kangaroo Island – what most moved me about the Lodge experience was the overwhelming generosity of spirit – I left feeling restored and filled up…”

Kylie, NSW Australia

“I will never forget the dramatic and somehow sobering view across the bushland as we stepped onto the welcoming boardwalk. It had rained & the bush sparkled, green and seemingly endless. The hand hewn limestone wall drew us slowly in. And then I saw the sea!”

Rosemary, SA Australia

“If I ever have the chance to visit the Lodge again, I would probably choose winter and hope for wild weather. Then I would sit in my room and watch the drama unfold. I love wild places and this is an experience and a celebration of a wild place.”

Don, NSW Australia

“Going to Grassdale was one of my happiest times in traveling this amazing world…to stand among the Kangaroos was such an authentic experience…no Hollywood casting here. I know you are doing all you can to preserve this Island…this is a very special land and I truly felt I was seeing the world through God’s eyes on this visit.”

Anne Scully, Mccabe World Travel, Virginia USA

“Congratulations on creating one of the most unique and stunning wilderness/eco resorts in the world…”

Mike Munro, NSW Australia

“Understated elegance and attention to detail coupled with sensational service and wonderful food and wine… I cannot imagine anything better. The staff were wonderful. I have never experienced better any where in the world and I have been lucky to travel extensively. The Lodge will be my new benchmark by which any future accommodation and service will be measured.”

Tony, NSW Australia

“We loved our stay… its been a wonderful and emotional experience. Please strive to maintain your unbelievable standard of excellence.”

Tony & Patti, QLD Australia

“Kangaroo Island (to be more specific Southern Ocean Lodge) was the best part of our entire trip! Please recommend it to everyone going to Australia. The staff was well trained, fun and really cared about the Lodge, the visitors and the island. We held a baby roo, saw koalas, boxing roos and fur seals! We ate and drank way too much. Best spa we have EVER been to and we always go to the spa. It was life changing!”

Robert & Lauren, USA

“There is so much to see around the Lodge… wallabies, echnidna, birds, orchids & utterly amazing beach walks. The cliffs of Kangaroo Island make Big Sur look like Leggo!”

Andrea, VIC Australia

“Food, ambience, service, accommodation, transfers, trips and education. All outstanding. Eleven out of ten! We will be back!”

Fergus & Jan, NSW Australia

“The service is amazing, extremely high level and unobtrusive. You feel like you have the run of the resort. I’d go again in a heartbeat…”

Karen, NSW Australia

“Everything went extremely smoothly, my friends can’t stop talking about it. The entire staff were extremely courteous and friendly. All the extras really helped make the experience. In short, a faultless experience at a magnificent location.”

Jack Gringlas – Exclusive Lodge Booking

“The Lodge is proof that luxury and extravagance does not have to come at a cost to the environment.”

Anon, Australia

“I loved the peacefulness, the friendly staff, the gorgeous suite & fantastic food. It’s like coming home!”

Joelle, USA

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Kangaroo Island Experiences & Adventures

Guests to Southern Ocean Lodge will enjoy a complete KI experience in a minimum two night stay.  Read more about our exceptional guided experiences and adventures. Learn more ››

Kangaroo Island's first luxury lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge is Australian luxury defined.  Twenty-one luxe suites in which to indulge and immerse in the spectacular coastal surroundings of Kangaroo Island. Learn more ››

KI Classic Rates

Looking for a tremendous incentive to stay longer?  KI Classic rates offer a discount bonus when staying three nights or more, plus $50 Southern Spa and Bespoke Experience vouchers and all standard inclusions.  It’s the quintessential island stay! Learn more ››

Luxury Lodges of Australia

Southern Ocean Lodge is honoured as a ‘first 15’ founding member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, a collection of luxury lodges in extraordinary Australian destinations.  Learn more ››

SOL Video

View the Southern Ocean Lodge video detailing the Lodge, the wilderness destination in which it sits and the ways our guests can best experience it.  Be there now! Learn more ››

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Regroup, recharge and reinvigorate far away from the normal work environment – premium facilities and tailored adventure activities combine to deliver a spectacular venue for boutique meetings and incentives. Learn more ››

Southern Ocean Lodge Spa Retreat

Kangaroo Island is considered one of Earth’s last unspoilt refuges… the perfect place to spoil yourself! Learn more ››

Where the wild things are...

Just a short hop from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is the perfect place to disconnect from the world and reconnect with what and who is truly important to you. Discover your true spirit on Kangaroo Island… Let yourself go. Learn more ››

Peter Hughes from the Telegraph UK writes:

“Southern Ocean was one of the earliest of Australia’s luxury wilderness lodges. The fact that it brought high style to Kangaroo Island with the rest of the continent at its disposal says much about the singularity of the place.” Read more

'My room's a wreck', writes Escape's Gillian Cummings...

Read Gillian’s experience of exploring Kangaroo Island’s bountiful natural assets and wildlife while ensconced in the award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge. More here

Hop on the Flying Kangaroo to KI!

Freedom isn’t a state of mind, it’s an island. And from December 2017 you can fly with Qantas direct to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide year round, or from Melbourne during December and January. Hop to it, here