“This fabulous low-rise eco-resort and spa blends beautifully with remote Kangaroo Island's pristine bush environment - and its furry residents”
The 21 suites are located in one wing, opening off a breezeway, and have heated floors, kingsize beds, enormous airy bathrooms, walk-in wardrobes, and sunken lounge spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular ocean vistas. There’s WiFi and a sound system with CDs, but most rooms don’t have televisions.
Thoughtful extras include fluffy bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer, magazines, books, and backpacks for excursions. You even get to take home a souvenir water bottle. Complimentary minibars are crammed with delicious local specialties and Kangaroo Island wines.
The spacious ‘standard’ suites are anything but: the 11 Flinders Suites boast kingsize or twin beds, a curved sunken lounge, an outdoor terrace with daybeds and stunning views. The 5 Ocean Retreats feature kingsize beds, lounges with fireplaces, bathtubs, and decks with daybeds.
The Ocean Family Suites have an extra bedroom and bathroom, and a separate lounge with a TV and DVD player, while the 2 Remarkable Suites have separate king bedrooms, an open fireplace, entertainment systems with a TV and DVD player, enormous bathrooms with a handmade timber bathtub, and an outdoor terrace with loungers and a spa bath.
The vast Osprey Pavilion at the end of the breezeway is the only suite with 180-degree ocean and bushland views. It also has a laptop computer, a bathroom with a hand-sculptured bath, and an outdoor terrace with daybeds and a spa bath.
Eating is a real highlight here. The chef uses fresh regional produce (much of it sourced locally) to create elegant contemporary Australian cuisine that’s so light you won’t feel heavy even after a 3-course lunch or 4-course dinner.
You get your first taster on the 'Kangas and Kanapés' tour, when you’ll enjoy scrumptious hors d’oeuvres with sparkling wine (or icy beer if you like). On the morning KI Wonders tour, your guide sets up a table overlooking the sea and serves tea with freshly baked muffins.
For breakfast you can order a hot dish off the menu. There’s also a buffet with fresh fruit, juices, breads, pastries, honeys and preserves.
The leisurely multi-course lunches and dinners are always a delight. The chef draws up the short menus daily depending on the local produce available, but if you don’t fancy anything (unlikely), the kitchen will prepare something different for you. All are served with delicious Australian wines.
When we visited we enjoyed tartare of yellowtail kingfish with vietnamese dressing and butter-poached marron caesar salad, then feasted on roasted fillet of blue eye trevalla for the main. On our second night we began with tortelloni of goat curd, date puree and buerre noisette before moving on to chicken terrine with piccalilli and tarragon, and locally farmed Angus beef with roasted mushrooms and confit shallot. We finished up with a selection of South Australian cheeses, local honey gateau with malted milk ice cream, and a consommé of organic berries and yoghurt sorbet.
Pre-dinner cocktails and nibbles are set up on the bar but you can help yourself at any time. The flexibility is refreshing: you can dine at the restaurant, on the outdoor deck, or in your room. Arrive out of normal meal times and staff will whip something up for you.
The Lodge welcomes children 10 and over. Kids who are into nature and the great outdoors will love the wealth of wildlife on the doorstep. Big family parties would be better off booking the whole place or a few suites together.
Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available