“An uncluttered, contemporary retreat with jaw-dropping views on a remote and beautiful World Heritage-listed island, 2 hours' flight from Sydney”
Inside there's a nautical feel, with clean lines, wooden decking and soft furnishings reflecting the colours of the ocean. Large windows ensure you can see the sea as much as possible, and there are just 9 immaculate and comfortable suites. Outside, the property is dotted with Frangipani trees and the indigenous Kentia palms. Friendly staff create an open and relaxed vibe and the small spa is a nice touch - enjoy a de-stress massage or soak in the outdoor hot tub. The place suits small friend and family groups keen on walking, as well as loved-up couples. Lord Howe boasts a vast range of hiking trails, good bird watching and serene, empty beaches - swim, snorkel, kayak or simply lounge about and do nothing.
- Lord Howe itself, a gem undisturbed for centuries. Now a haven for rare plants (over half found nowhere else) and spectacular bird and marine life
- The exceptional setting, with views out to sea, over the lagoon and across to the island's energising volcanic mountains Mount Gower and Lidgbird
- The stylish bar and spacious restaurant, serving delectable food
- The genuinely calm atmosphere
- The all-inclusive tariff (excluding lunch), which avoids nasty bills at the end of your stay to deal with
- Capella will be closed from 29 April – 31 August 2018 for renovations to take place
- This is the most luxurious place to stay on the island, so it's also the most expensive
- The spa is tiny, with just one treatment room
- No mobile phone reception - a high for some
- It's quite tricky to get to
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- Luxury Lodge
- Restaurant + bar (open daily)
- Over 10's welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
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.
- Beach towels
- Bose speakers
- CD player
- Coffee / tea making
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Ipod dock
- Satellite TV
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).
- Coffee / tea making
- Vegetarian menu
- Treatments in the spa use Australian Li'Tya products and include facials, de-stress and hot stones massages, treatments for 'mountain man' (especially for men) and a 'post-climb feet treat' for walkers. You'll have the spa all to yourself as there's just one treatment room. Afterwards, soak in the small hot tub beside the spa, or cool off in the ice-cold plunge pool
- Flat roads and (mostly) gentle hills make for easy cycling (Capella has bikes to borrow); it's only 15-20 minutes to popular Ned's Beach or the town centre, and an easy ride to the tennis courts which have racquets for hire
- Choose an easy or challenging walking trail over mountains, valleys and ridges - the Mount Gower trek is particularly inspiring, and can be guided by a local naturalist
- Go swimming, snorkelling and kayaking off a range of different beaches, including Capella Lodge's private beach. Blinkey's Beach offers surf, though it's only suitable for those who know what they're doing
- Bird watching - Lord Howe boasts over 130 permanent and migratory species, including the flightless Woodhen, found nowhere else
- Explore the island's history in the cute museum or go shopping along Lord Howe's single strip of shops. Not Just a Salon has some interesting knick-knacks, and in the bakery-cum-grocers next door, the homemade Anzac biscuits are delicious
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
Children age 10 and over are welcome in all rooms except in the Lidgbird Pavilion, where only children aged 12 and over are welcome.
Family friendly accommodation:
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.
Capella Lodge is on Lord Howe Island, which is part of New South Wales, 700km northeast of mainland Australia. It's just under a 2-hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane.
Lord Howe Island (5km). Domestic flights direct from Sydney daily in peak season and from Brisbane at weekends, but flights are not cheap. There are connecting services from all Australian capital cities. Click on the links below for a list of airlines.
From the Airport
Capella Lodge offers free transport to and from the airport (a few minutes' drive away).
There are very few cars on the island, and these are owned by the locals; visitors tend to walk or cycle around.
Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.
More on getting to Australia and getting around
- Lord Howe Island 5.0 km LDH
- Beach 0.1 km
- Shops 2.0 km
- Restaurant 2.0 km