Capella Lodge is Lord Howe Island’s premium retreat, a haven of understated luxury and a close-kept secret among stylish insiders. Much-loved by new and returning guests seeking ‘barefoot luxury’, fresh cuisine and first-name service in a subtropical escape.
Rising from the Tasman Sea just 700km northeast of Sydney, this tiny, breathtakingly beautiful island is just 11km long and 2.8km at widest. Around 300 people are lucky enough to call the Island home and visitor numbers are restricted to 400 at any one time to preserve Lord Howe’s precious natural environment.
Only nine contemporary suites
King beds with superior cotton linens
Bose music system, TV, DVD, telephone and wireless internet
In-suite bar offers locally-sourced epicurean treats
Oversized rain shower
Beach towels, bathrobes and backpacks are provided along with daily housekeeping and sensory evening turndown service
Pristine natural environment
Breath taking views
Premium barefoot luxury retreat
Luxurious contemporary suites
A ‘treasure island’ of extraordinary contrasts, with rugged volcanic peaks, lush forests, rolling surf and serene lagoons, Lord Howe Island is 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.
Resting above the jewel-toned lagoon, Capella Lodge is the only Island accommodation that commands spectacular views of the ocean and awe-inspiring twin peaks, Mounts Gower and Lidgbird. Guests are captivated by mesmerising views of the mountains and turquoise lagoon stretching to the horizon from the Lodge’s indoor and outdoor lounging areas, the restaurant and suites. A clever, contemporary architectural design features an open-plan bar, restaurant and lounge to create an easy living, flow-through feel; skillion roofs and floor to ceiling windows welcome the outside in.
The restaurant throws open its windows to catch the sea breeze and the scent of frangipani. Interiors are Lord Howe beach-house chic; washed wood and luxe organic finishes combine with modern mariner and Lord Howe kentia-themed Bruce Goold furnishings to create a relaxed, contemporary style and streamlined luxury.
From the expansive Gowers Terrace, a dip in the horizon pool or lounging with a book or a loved one carries a spectacular backdrop of mountains and subtropical forests, of green pastures running to the jewel-toned reef. Guests relax with sunset drinks as the sun dips over the horizon.
An intimate nine contemporary suites complement the island’s pristine natural environment and provide a luxurious, serene refuge. Spacious, light filled interiors feature timber floors, marine ply joinery and custom furniture pieces that create a sophisticated beach house ambience. All suites feature king beds with superior cotton linens, Bose music system, TV, DVD, telephone and wireless internet. An in-suite bar offers locally-sourced epicurean treats.
Reflecting the sheer rise of the mountainous cliffs beyond, basalt stone features in striking ensuite bathrooms, an oversized rain shower and island-inspired Capella Spa toiletries invite guests to relax and revitalise. Slick slab vanities contrast the organic feel of handcrafted ceramic and resin bathware. Beach towels, bathrobes and backpacks are provided along with daily housekeeping and sensory evening turndown service. Capella has all the hallmarks of luxe beachside living, ensuring guests have the treasured opportunity to relax and experience the best of island life.
Capella Lodge holds a far-reaching reputation as Lord Howe’s knock-out dining destination. A regional approach to cuisine ensures the finest and freshest produce from Lord Howe Island and New South Wales is showcased in every inspired menu. Capella’s contemporary Pacific-themed menu features superb quality ingredients; the menu changes daily with the seasons, providing a constant source of delight to guests.
The light and airy, beach-house styled Restaurant and Bar command spectacular views of the lagoon and mountains, providing a dramatic backdrop for all dining. The Restaurant has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere; it’s a perfect place to chat with each other, with Lodge staff and other guests, to plan the day ahead or relive a day spent exploring or relaxing on Lord Howe.
Rates at Capella include sundowners and selected premium wines from the open bar nightly from 6pm, canapes, gourmet dinner each evening, full breakfast each morning, selected in-suite bar and all non-alcoholic beverages. Lunch is available in the Restaurant or as a picnic or BBQ to enjoy on a walk or paddle on the lagoon. The Capella team of chefs are happy to accommodate specific dietary requirements; as a remote destination it’s important to advise these before arriving to stay. Any favourite items are best brought along.
Dining at Capella Lodge is reserved for the enjoyment of guests in house.
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