Kangaroo Island Travel Guide
Anybody know which island National Geographic Traveler named as the best island of all in the Asia Pacific Region? It's not that well-known, but it should be, and is about to get a resort that'll make it even more worth visiting: and we're talking about Kangaroo Island, off the South Australian coast.
Come March 2008, if you visit Kangaroo Island and are looking for a piece of eco-luxury in the middle of some great Aussie outdoors--wildlife, vineyards, beaches, you name it--then it's probably worth trying out the new Southern Ocean Lodge. It will have just 21 suites, some of which will include open fires and private plunge spas. The Lodge will also include a restaurant "with aspirations to be a South Australian culinary landmark", and as well as having an emphasis on fresh local produce, this restaurant will also feature panoramic views of the Hanson Bay.
One feature they're marketing that we're personally less keen on is that all suites will have, in their words, "a dramatic glass-walled bathroom". We're not sure yet what's dramatic about it, but we've had complaints about the glass-walled bit before, because some of us do want a bit more privacy in the bathroom. But if that ends up being all we have to complain about, that's not so bad.
Opening rates will start at A$900 (US$780) per double for the Flinders Suite, ranging up to A$1,800 (US$1560) a night for the Osprey Pavilion. If you book a three-night stay (all bookings are for a minimum of two nights, anyway) you'll be eligible for the "Kangaroo Island Dreaming" package which includes Bolligner champagne on arrival, a private island tour and a $100 credit at the spa.