Globally celebrated and highly anticipated, the new-look Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island sets the enduring benchmark for luxury experiential travel in Australia. Sensitively designed to blend seamlessly with the wildly beautiful landscape, Southern Ocean Lodge appears to float along its secluded clifftop setting.
The Baillie Lodges experience embraces the luxury of travel. A stay with Baillie Lodges is about connection with the landscape, its culture and wildlife, a celebration of superb regional cuisine and luxurious lodgings. It offers a genuine sense of place, a union of sights, scents and tastes that immerses guests in their surrounds. Guest itineraries are tailor-made, creating a personal, lasting connection with the destination. A stay with Baillie Lodges offers time to reconnect with the people and places that matter most.
With clever architectural design, organic finishes and signature curved lines making the most of the dramatic ocean-front location, Southern Ocean Lodge blends effortlessly with the rugged beauty of Kangaroo Island. Floor-to-ceiling windows extend panoramic views of white-sanded beaches and rolling wilderness, with the Southern Ocean waiting below.
The expansive Great Room lies at the helm of the lodge and is the hub of all activity, from lounging with a book with panoramic views of the Southern Ocean to sharing a drink at the open bar and planning the next day’s adventures. Outside, a wet-edge pool lines the lodge terrace inviting a plunge into the landscape.
A sweeping panorama of ocean provides a dramatic backdrop for savouring world-class contemporary cuisine with a proudly local provenance. A convivial open bar and walk-in cellar offer help-yourself premium beverages, including a hand-picked collection of fine local wines representing some of the best-known regions in South Australia.
Overlooking rolling bushland, the Southern Spa offers three treatment rooms, a sauna and gymnasium while outside on the terrace hot and cold plunge pools are perfect for soaking in the moment. A menu of signature treatments features the Australian-made alkeme spa care range alongside Kangaroo Island’s own natural beauty botanicals.
Southern Ocean Lodge opened in 2008 to instant and ongoing global acclaim. The award-winning lodge quickly assumed a dedicated following of guests seeking extraordinary accommodation, world-class dining, unforgettable experiences and Baillie Lodges signature first-name service. Following the lodge’s destruction in the summer bushfires of 2020, Baillie Lodges immediately committed to the rebuild of its flagship property.
Envisioned by life and business partners James and Hayley Baillie, Southern Ocean Lodge was designed by Kangaroo Island-born architect Max Pritchard. Eager to ‘do even better’ the second time around, the Baillies once again joined forces with Max and his design partner Andrew Gunner to steer the design of the new-look lodge.
Luxury of Oz
Luxury Lodges of Australia is a collection of independent luxury lodges and camps offering unforgettable experiences in Australia’s most inspiring and extraordinary locations. There are currently 19 lodges in this stellar collection of the nation’s most lauded and highly sought after properties. Southern Ocean Lodge is a founding member of the esteemed collection.
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The Baillie Lodges environmental commitment is best expressed by each lodge’s interaction with its local natural and cultural surroundings. View our sustainability policy.
A 20-metre wilderness buffer is maintained around the lodge and the area has been cleverly planted with fire-retardant native succulents and Kangaroo Island’s own endemic juniper. The bushland and coastal wilderness that surrounds Southern Ocean Lodge is protected to safeguard it for its wildlife residents and for future generations.
Investment in a large reverse osmosis system sees the use of solar power to convert bore water to fresh water and storage capacity is now 5.8 million litres of potable water. All rainwater is stored and harvesting produces some 12000L of drinkable rainwater from every millimetre that falls on the site.
Environmental sustainability is core to the design of Southern Ocean Lodge with significant hybrid solar and battery infrastructure allowing the lodge to generate its own power and continue to run off grid in its remote location on Kangaroo Island’s southwestern coast. A computerised building management system minimises usage.
The lodge actively engages with the island community, choosing to almost exclusively work with local growers and producers. Collaboration with a community network of small businesses provides a veritable boost to the regional economy and creates a homegrown identity for Southern Ocean Lodge.
Life partners John Hird and Alison Heath have been lodge managers of Southern Ocean Lodge since 2012, steering daily operations with the aim of delivering the best luxury lodge experience in Australia. Together, John and Alison remained bravely onsite during the bushfires of 2020 and stayed as property managers throughout its rebuild. John and Alison are proud to reopen Southern Ocean Lodge in December 2023, completing a full circle in seeing the treasured luxury lodge return to life.
When you combine such rugged beauty with luxury, you get the best of both worlds.Jo McKay Qantas Travel Insider
Now, it’s all about 'let’s get on and do this'.Hayley Baillie Baillie Lodges Founder
We can always do better.Max Pritchard Lodge Architect
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