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Southern Ocean Lodge
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Kangaroo Island
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“compared to saffire freycinet”
Reviewed November 8, 2011

Absolutely superior. Unbroken views from every corner. Spacious and inviting allowing for seating in groups whether in the lounge or dining room. Food etc superlative.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed October 27, 2011

Expansive, stunning views. Beautifully appointed rooms. A true culinary sensation. An excellent spa. Outstanding staff who delivered great fuss-free service. Up-close australian animal encounters - koalas,roos, echidna, goannas, seals, seal lions, birds. It doesn't get any better - anywhere! We stayed 5 nights, took all the included tours plus some of extras, had multiple spa treatments and wished we were staying longer.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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westchester county, ny
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

One of the most luxurious resorts in the world..staff, activities, food, rooms, and a setting that is magical. Wish we could spend a month here. Worth every penny....just divine!!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Gold Coast Australia
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

The brochure photos in this case do it justice and are true to the reality of this exceptional property. Believe all the hype you read - the staff and scenery make this place special but its all the little things that really set it apart. The rooms are perfect and the food is brilliant, fresh and not too much with a great open bar area. Its worth a splurge to see this amazing area and do it in style. Truly outstanding. The only thing that could be better is the Kangas and Kanapes - the kangaroos were quite a long way away from us and not visible from where we stood around the 4WD having a drink and some snacks. Would have rathered stay at the Lodge as you don;t see the sunset either

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

It started with the hot towels in the luxury transfer and just got better from there. From the moment you enter Southern Ocean Lodge you know it's something special and that you are in for a true experience. The personalised service from the staff greeting you ensures that your every need is catered for without being over-bearing. The views are amazing. The lounge, dining area, spa and rooms are luxurious. The food is delicious and the fact that the majority of the food and wine is sourced locally makes it even better. There are tours included with your stay but we just wanted to soak up the atmosphere. If you're looking for a very special and memorable time away this is the place for you.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

The owners, managers and staff of Southern Ocean Lodge have managed to grasp and promote a fine balance between first class creature comforts and an amazingly beautiful natural environment.

Firstly, and most importantly, this has been achieved by the owners in employing an architect who has designed a sensational sleeping, eating and relaxation space in which guests can interact and enjoy themselves within the surrounding stunningly natural space.

Secondly, without the exceptionally well trained staff, this balance would be tipped over.

Tony and I returned from this adventure yesterday and we are still discussing our time there.

What was very important to us (having stayed in other luxury resorts over the years) was the incredibly natural, polite and interesting attitude of all the staff at the lodge. We felt completely at home from the moment we set foot inside those wonderful tall timber doors!

The restaurant staff were relaxed, well acquainted with the intricasies of the menu and very attentive.

The chef was adept in producing food that was unique both in flavour and design. Every morsel was savoured. Thank you.

The staff who conducted the tours (especially Jess) emanated a wealth of knowledge, constant observation of bush activity with a happy, natural style.

Thank you all for a very happy time.

Cathryn and Tony

16 September until 20 September 2011

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2011

SOL is brilliant. I really don't think I need to expand on all the things said here so I'll just add the small touches that suited us.

When we arrived we were greeted by first names and sat in the lounge chairs to discuss our stay. After assessing that we were basically an exhausted couple they offered to 'do our thinking for us' which was a perfect read of our mood and state of mind - they also made it clear that we could do what ever we wanted - they were just going to suggest things we could opt in or out as we pleased.

It was more like visiting someones home but being very welcome and not having to do anything.

The main thing to realise here is to manage your expectations - which is why I titled the review that way.

It is a truly amazing place and if you understand the cost of building such a lodge, running staff to guest ratios, boardwalks to nowhere (where the animal life is plenty) and running Mercedes vehicles where ever we went then you understand why it costs what it does. There were people there who where underwhelmed and I understand why as their expectations had been set at a possibly unattainable level - they told us they don't fly up the back of the plane anymore and when I realised they meant they don't fly business class anymore I learned something about where wealth and expectations leave you.

Thanks SOL - we can't really afford to come back (well not for a while) but we really appreciated what you did for us and what you have achieved.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Southern Ocean Lodge
Address: Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Kangaroo Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Southern Ocean Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island is Australia's most extraordinary luxury lodge experience. Exclusive and award-winning, the world-class lodge is sensitively designed to float amongst the coastal drama of the island's south west, offering an unforgettable blend of contemporary luxury and pure nature. Twenty-one luxurious suites welcome panoramic views of the great Southern Ocean and boundless coastal wilderness and feature lavish sleeping areas, sunken lounge and glass-surround ensuite. The Southern Spa features signature treatments with Kangaroo Island botanicals designed to relax and rejuvenate. All-inclusive rates, first name service and personalised experiential itinerary combine to offer guests the ultimate Kangaroo Island encounter. ... more   less 
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