After almost four years in the planning, design and construction, Baillie Lodges flagship property Southern Ocean Lodge has today reopened on the south coast of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island.
Southern Ocean Lodge’s original architect, Max Pritchard, and his team have led the recreation of the property and have included all the features guests loved best along with some considered extras, set for a new era of travel on Kangaroo Island.
The new iteration of the globally acclaimed Southern Ocean Lodge holds almost the same footprint as the original with the Great Room taking centre stage on the island’s limestone cliffs and with twenty-three luxurious suites easing along the coastline. The guest suites have been reoriented to open towards the southeast, each taking in views of the Southern Ocean and rolling coastal wilderness. All guest suites feature private decks, an EcoSmart fireplace and sink-in bathtub.
New to the property is the ultra-premium Ocean Pavilion, cleverly designed to offer a single four-bedroom owner’s residence or two separate two-bedroom suites to create the ultimate Kangaroo Island hideaway for families and friends travelling together. The Great Room terrace now boasts a wet-edge pool, while spacious new surrounds for the Southern Spa allow for three treatment rooms, a gymnasium, sauna and hot and cold plunge pools.
Designed for a new generation of travel to Kangaroo Island and in the context of a changing climate, Southern Ocean Lodge sets new benchmarks for environmental sustainability in the tourism industry.
Baillie Lodges founder James Baillie said the occasion to open the recreated Southern Ocean Lodge was both a real privilege and an emotional day for the whole team.
“We feel very fortunate to be able to present the new-look Southern Ocean Lodge to the world. Hayley and I had lived and breathed the original lodge from the concept and planning stages to its award-winning reality, celebrated for its timeless design,” Baillie said.
“With the benefit of hindsight and learning, we saw the chance to rebuild Southern Ocean Lodge as a special chance to return the property that seemed to touch so many guests over the years and with some considered additions to take her to a next generation traveller and a sustainable future,” he said.
“It’s a ‘full-circle moment’ for us and one that brings some closure to the past, as well as an optimistic look towards the future and an even more sustainable, leading experiential tourism offering for South Australia,” he said.
Baillie Lodges founder Hayley Baillie said it had been wonderful to work with the original lodge’s local suppliers as well as discovering new entrants to the region, including food and beverage producers, artists and designers.
“We have a chance now to show the world the incredible depth and diversity of the regional Southern Australia and Kangaroo Island offering as its stands today and into the future, and we’re looking forward to working in rewarding partnerships with local communities once again,” Baillie said.
“We’ve been buoyed by the unwavering support of so many of our guests and the broader tourism industry for which we’re very grateful, and we’re thrilled to be bringing Southern Ocean Lodge back today.”
With the same generous inclusions as the original – all dining, the renowned open bar, five signature Kangaroo Island experiences and airport transfers – rates at Southern Ocean Lodge start at $3,400 per couple per night.