Nestled under a canopy of Kentia palms and Banyan trees at the sheltered northern end of the island, Arajilla is utterly relaxed, welcoming and peaceful. With visitor numbers restricted here there is no sense of urgency and you can take your own time to explore the island as well as enjoy the fabulous facilities the hotel has to offer.
Twelve comfortable suites sit within the tropical surrounds and are decorated in a clean, contemporary style, each with their own private deck and plenty of living space. All rooms are equipped with snorkeling and fishing gear as well as mountain bikes and backpacks.
The restaurant offers a calm and informal environment in which to enjoy some of the best food, wine and service that the island has to offer. Arajilla's Lounge is a great place for a coffee or a cocktail and the hotel can organise wonderful picnics or barbeque provisions for you to take on your explorations as well as in suite dining, be it breakfast in bed or a romantic dinner for two.
No trip to Lord Howe would be complete without exploring this stunning natural wilderness. Crags and coves carve out private beaches where you wont see another soul all day, dive and snorkel on the most southerly reef in the world, explore the peaks and pinnacles of the island on foot to soak up the views, play a round of golf or a game of tennis or simply relax at Arajilla’s Ayurda Ayurvedic Day Spa, located in a Mongolian Yurt under the Banyan trees. The Spa offers an extensive treatment menu including, massage, facials and Shirodhara and is ideal for some pampering after a day exploring one of Australia’s best kept secrets.
Arajilla has 10 one-bedroom suites and two two-bedroom suites. Kentia Suites have high ceilings and are light and airy with separate living areas and large private decks close to Old Settlement Beach. Banyan Suites feature a mezzanine level bedroom as well as a separate living area, kitchenette and private deck and are located near the hotel's facilities and the beach. The 2 bedroom Arajilla Suites are perfect for families. All rooms have neutral, stylish decor and are well equipped.
Arajilla welcomes children from the age of 6 years and families will love the freedom and range of activities the island has to offer. There are lots of adventures to be had snorkelling, hiking, cycling, kayaking in the lagoon as well as boat trips, diving and fishing in the pristine environment of the island. Kids meals can be arranged as well as children's packed lunches and BBQ packs for day trips. More importantly, the kids can be looked after while parent enjoy time out at the indulgent spa.
Arajilla's restaurant is very atmospheric, set in the forest and surrounded by timber decking - hearty breakfasts, delicious lunches and a fantastic range of international dishes and fresh seafood is served here, and all meals are included during your stay at Arajilla. Arajilla's spa offers soothing ancient Indian Ayurvedic treatments from within a wooden a yurt tucked under the canopy of the trees.
Arajilla has two local PADI dive schools, golf just 4kms away, tennis and is the perfect place for snorkelling, surfing, canoeing, nature walks, island tours and cruises, reef walks, glass bottom boat excursions, deep sea fishing, bird watching and mountain biking. Artists retreats also take place here if you are interested in joining like minded people with a love of art.
When to travel
In the southern half of Australia the seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere: spring comes in September, summer is from December to February, autumn runs from March to May, and winter begins in June.
Great to visit year round but if you want warm sun and dry weather it is best to try between November and April. Their winter months of May - October usually have mild weather so you can still enjoy all the sights.
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Location and directions
Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia
600 kms. east of mainland Australia, less than two hours' flight northeast of Sydney, Arajilla is located on the island of Lord Howe.
How to get there
Qantaslink is the exclusive carrier to Lord Howe Island, flying from Sydney. The flight time is an easy 1-hour 50-minute.