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Capella Lodge
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

From the moment we step off the plan, the island offered a breathtaking view. From then on, everything was just perfect. We were picked up at the airport by Robyn and she drove us to Capella Lodge and took the time to explain everything to us. We stayed at the Makambo loft, and the views from our room are just spectacular. Everything went on as planned, we biked, hiked and also take the golf cart to tour the island. The staffs are friendly and helpful. The foods are excellent. One thing to make a note of is the nature of our loft. Living room and bathroom downstair and bedroom upstair connected by a circular stairs. This might be inconvenient for some people.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

The moment we stepped off the plane, we knew that this was going to be a special holiday. The first person to greet us was Libby who took us under her wing with her typical Lord Howe Island welcome. Capella Lodge is a beautiful resort located in the south of the island away from the hustle and bustle of the settlement. Capella Lodge is ideal for that quiet romantic getaway and we chose to book the Capella Suite, the lowest level but it was more than adequate for the two of us. We had plenty of space, a large bathroom and a small balcony deck. The view over the two mountain peaks when you wake in the morning is breathtaking. We wanted to see and do as much as we could in our 8 days so, other than sleeping, we spent very little time in the room. We so enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, meeting all the other guests for a cocktail before dinner, plenty of chatting and getting to know each other. The food was spectacular especially the Tuesday night degustation. We were so lucky to have arrived on a Tuesday and left on a Wednesday to be able to have experienced two of these degustation nights. The kitchen team is pretty adventurous and manages to excite the guests with some pretty amazing tastes and presentations. One that springs to mind is thin shards of “burnt carrot” with venison which sounded a bit “out there” but we gave it a go. On its own the burnt carrot tasted unusual but put together with the rare venison and the red wine jus, it was unbelievably good. Well done Chef!
On our first day, we organised bicycles and helmets, both provided by the resort and were allocated solely for our use for the 8 days. The bikes are pretty much a necessity since most places to visit, including the main settlement, are about 4km from the resort – not to worry if you cannot (or don’t want to) ride a bike; Libby and Mark will arrange transport wherever you want to go. We cycled and walked everywhere. We did Ned’s Beach and fed the fish, we hiked up to Goats House Cave, to Rocky’s Run, to Boat Harbour and to Malabar Hill. We did lunch at the Anchorage and the Museum and we did the glass bottom boat and snorkeled in the Lagoon. Here are by far the best corals we’ve seen on all our travels. There is so much to do and to see and I swear we came away fitter than when we arrived.
We send a huge thanks to Libby and Mark and all the Capella crew for making these 8 days so special. My wife was blown away by her birthday celebrations. Even the whole restaurant sang for her birthday.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank dnghols
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

My wife and I eloped at Lord Howe Island and stayed at Capella late in December 2012. Capella was absolutely Divine! We often talk about how much we loved it and we enjoy looking back over our photos. The views were sublime, the food was insanely good, the wine, the beaches, the location, the staff. It was all perfect. And on top of all that the staff went out of their way to make our wedding day special, which made a huge difference.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank lucas12
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

This was our first trip to Lord Howe Island. It was just beautiful. We used bikes to get around as most people do but they have every type of transport you may need. We stayed at Capella Lodge which was the start of our amazing holiday. The views from the lodge are just breath taking whilst you are sipping on the special cocktail of the day before you sit down to a magnificent dinner with beautiful wines. Our hosts Libby, Mark & Robyn's sole purpose was to make sure we and every other guest had a wonder experience which was backed up by every other staff member. Thank you team Capella for making our 30th wedding anniversary such a special memory. We will be back. Ingrid & Ian

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Ian B
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

One of the most wonderful places we've been to, highly recommended: we booked into the Lidgbird Pavilion, you get your own PC (important for me, since I correct my pics on the go), and your own caddie (important, since there are only bikes available), and a private plunge pool. The food was outstanding, the staff ok (don't address 2 60+ females with "you guys" - inappropriate). Lord Howe Is. itself a very special place, ideal for snorkelling and diving, few tourists, few cars, laid-back, gives you the impression of the 50s in tourism, in a positive sense. The weather might be changeable, the runway short, so reckon with flight cancellations.

Room Tip: Lidgbird Pavilion if you can afford it...
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

I had the most amazing relaxing holiday at Lord Howe .. The staff were really friendly without being imposing .. Position was fantastic with amazing views .. Undoubtedly the best on the island ..
Food delicious .. Perfect sized portions .. The managers made you feel completely relaxed .. Loved the nightly turn down service ..
A decadent place to stay ...

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
2  Thank Lisa P
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

We recently had a short stay at Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island. The staff were outstanding and the lodge modern, with breathtaking views over Mount Gower and the ocean. The food was very good, the coconut pancakes were amazing. The lodge is a distance from the shops compared to other lodges, which is a disadvantage if you can't ride a bicycle. It is quite pricey and can get quite windy (waking us up at night) and the wifi is slow, even for Lord Howe standards.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Capella Lodge

Address: Lagoon Road, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
Location: Australia > Lord Howe Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Lord Howe Island
Price Range: $1,034 - $2,147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Capella Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge rests atop romantic Lovers Bay. An inspired architectural design welcomes spectacular views of the ocean, reef and mountains into the Lodge.A short flight from Australia’s east coast transports visitors to a real ‘treasure island’. Capella’s nine contemporary island-style suites are designed to complement Lord Howe’s pristine natural environment. Luxurious surrounds, exceptional island-inspired dining and unforgettable ‘first-name’ service combine to create an outstanding Lord Howe Island lodging experience. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Capella Resort All Inclusive
Capella Hotel Lord Howe Island

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