“An uncluttered, contemporary retreat with jaw-dropping views on a remote and beautiful World Heritage-listed island, 2 hours' flight from Sydney”
All bedrooms are spacious and stylish, immaculately decorated in muted shades with splashes of vibrant blues and greens. Each has access to its own decking with giant cushions so you can easily relax.
The best room is the Lidgbird Pavilion, spread over 2 floors, which has lagoon and mountain views and features a plunge pool, extensive private deck areas with outdoor shower, a daybed in the living room, a bar, optional private dining and an electric buggy to zoom about on.
Also lovely is the split-level funky Makambo Loft, which sleeps up to 4 people with a kingsized bed upstairs and 2 daybeds in the living room that can convert to single beds at turndown service. It has views of Lord Howe's two peaks, a bar, and an outdoor plunge spa.
The 4 Lagoon Lofts are mezzanine-style suites with a bedroom upstairs boasting inspirational views and a living area. The Capella Suites and Cataline Suite have filtered views of the sea and mountains, and are on one level, but are still supremely comfy places to stay.
Little touches make the difference: bespoke beds with goosedown pillows and Belgian linen, oversize woven cane lamps beside the bed which can be dimmed, soft cotton blankets to wrap yourself in. While you're at dinner, staff light burners with essential oils in your room so you return to mellow lighting and the chance of a fragrant night's sleep.
Breakfasts of abundant fresh and poached fruit, yoghurt, house-baked breads, pastries, cereals and fresh juices, and a wide range of teas and coffee are complimented by interesting hot dishes which changes daily. We had a difficult choice between ricotta and maple pancakes with banana, vanilla and pecan syrup; the Javanese corn cakes served with crisp bacon, spinach, pomegranate molasses; and house made baked bean pot, Spanish sausage, grilled mushroom and island rocket.
Guests have all-day access to complimentary nuts, soft drinks and delicious teas - the green tea with lime and coconut is especially good. Picnic or snack lunches can be arranged (extra cost), although you may not need lunch after that breakfast.
Every evening between 6 and 7 there are complimentary drinks and nibbles in the stylish Capella Bar, which features a distinctive turquoise fish-scale design. Enjoy a glass of perfectly chilled champagne with a selection of inventive nibbles such as pork cooked with five spices, mushroom tartlets and the freshest sushi.
Evening meals feature delicious gourmet Australian/Pacific Rim cuisine based on ingredients from the kitchen garden or foraged from the island in a 3-course menu that changes daily. Expect delicate combinations (silken chicken, umboshi dressing, fine vegetable salad and sesame seeds), the freshest fish (local opal eye cod with desiree potato, roasted peppers, asparagus and pine nut vinaigrette), with vegetarian options if you need them (red miso-glazed eggplant, tofu, and pumpkin risotto).
Children age 10 and over are welcome in all rooms except in the Lidgbird Pavilion, where only children aged 12 and over are welcome.
The Catalina Suite is the best option as there are no stairs, and the living room has 2 daybeds which can be made up as extra beds. Lagoon Loft and Makambo Loft can sleep 2 adults and 2 children with the use of their daybeds.
There's a separate children's menu.