Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island offers premium luxury boutique accommodation on this UNESCO World Heritage listed island, one of the last true paradises on earth. The beach house style and relaxed, luxe-inspired ethos makes for a stunning retreat.
Situated on a small but breathtakingly stunning island Capella Lodge rests atop romantic Lovers Bay, at the foot of the imperious mountain twins rising dramatically above
Just a short flight from Sydney you are transported to a real ‘treasure island’, a paradise lost in time and perfectly preserved
Suites are inspired by the carefree spirit of the authentic Australian beach house. For a private plunge pool with views over Mount Gower stay in the Makambo Loft.
Fine dining showcases a bounty of local seafood and fresh regional produce. Before dinner though head to Capella's open bar for bar o'clock and see what tickles your fancy.
Lord Howe Island is a remote volcanic treasure, a tiny breathtaking beauty just two hours by air from Sydney. Its diverse collection of scarce flora, fauna and prolific marine life make this is a nature lover’s paradise and with its unspoilt beaches and lack of development or pollution, this really is a rare gem of a destination with 75% of the island being reserved as marine park and subtropical rainforest. Visitor numbers are strictly limited so take your time to explore the many nature trails and the rugged and beautiful coastline in this uncrowded setting.
The lodge itself rests above Lord Howe's secret beach at Lover's Bay at the foot of the twin peaks of Mounts Gower and Lidgbird. A stunning turquoise lagoon stretches out in front of the lodge's indoor and outdoor lounging areas and the clever architectural design means that the floor to ceiling windows, open plan bar, lounge and restaurant really let the outside in - this is somewhere to truly escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The nine spacious, sophisticated suites are superbly appointed with timber floors, washed woods, organic cottons and contemporary furnishings. Add this to the Bose music systems, TV/DVDs and wireless internet and you feel like you are in your own chic beach house.
The daily changing menu is Pacific-themed using the finest freshest seasonal ingredients. Meals are served in the light and airy restaurant with dramatic views over the spectacular mountains and lagoon. A stay at Capella Lodge includes breakfast, sunset drinks and canapés at the bar and a three course dinner with selected wines and soft drinks. Lunch can be eaten in the restaurant or as a picnic or barbecue whilst out exploring.
It is not all about the many adventurous activities on offer - indoor and outdoor treatments can be enjoyed at the Capella Spa with signature treatments indulging tired and weary feet and legs. For the ultimate indulgence try the 3 hour 'dreaming' treatment which incorporates every pampering treatment imaginable and will leave you feeling totally renewed.
When to visit
This is one of the most remote islands I have ever visited, totally unique! Definitely embark on the trek to Kim's Lookout for panoramic views of stunning Lord Howe Island.
Rising from the Tasman Sea, in the South Pacific Ocean just 700km northeast of Sydney, Lord Howe Island is just 11km long and 2.8km at widest. Encircled by the world's southern-most coral reef and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982. Long recognised for its pristine natural heritage, around 75% of the island is permanently preserved as marine park and subtropical rainforest.
My Sydney Detour
This hidden and private guided tour of Sydney really gets you away from the conventional sights of Sydney. With your specialist guides and unique vehicle, explore through the eyes of two locals and learn all about Sydney from a different perspective.
Your Free Time at Capella Lodge - Scott Dunn Suggests
During your stay at Capella Lodge, explore the best of Lord Howe Island. From a round of golf on the 9-hole course to snorkelling in the world's southern-most coral reef, there's something for everyone here.