True Kangaroo Island luxury accommodation may seem hard to find on Australia’s third largest island, but Hanson Bay’s high-end Southern Ocean Lodge (pictured below) manages to combine a sophisticated atmosphere with stunning Southern Ocean surroundings.
The Osprey Suite may be the most sumptuous of all the rooms at the Southern Ocean Lodge, if not all of Kangaroo Island, but the five Ocean Retreats and 11 Flinders Suites also provide guests with the utmost of privacy.
Day beds are included in each outdoor terrace overlooking the Southern Ocean and its surrounding wilderness.
The cliffside Southern Ocean Lodge even boasts its own spa retreat as well as a spacious lobby with a bar, restaurant, wine seller, shop, and sunken lounge area.
A plunge pool is situated in the outdoor extension. Some multi-night packages include private Kangaroo Island charter tours and day spa treatments.
Penneshaw Hotel is the most upscale option near the Backstairs Passage, the body of water separating Kangaroo Island from mainland South Australia. This historic hotel may be over a century old, but recent renovations have given it a more modern look complete with large glass windows facing the water. Schnitzels and seafood platters are among the most popular dishes Penneshaw Hotel guests can enjoy from the outdoor dining area.
Visitors wishing to stay in the heart of Kangaroo Island’s wilderness without sacrificing modern conveniences should investigate Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat. As the only place to stay at the Flinders Chase National Park entrance, this family friendly establishment is surrounded by natural bush land and described as a zoo around walls. Wilderness retreat guests can stay at any of 20 courtyard suites or a lodge with eight motel rooms and four self contained apartments.