A major revamp for one of Australia’s finest lodges

Aspiring Crusoes can now enjoy an ocean-view loft spa at Capella Lodge on idyllic Lord Howe Island

Capella Lodge, on Australia’s Lord Howe Island, is reopening after a major revamp
Capella Lodge, on Australia’s Lord Howe Island, is reopening after a major revamp

Lord Howe Island – a lush comma of land in the Tasman Sea, off the coast of New South Wales – has long attracted aspiring Crusoes with its talc-y sand beaches, 5.5km-long lagoon, volcanic peaks and diving. It’s home to the most southerly reef system in the world; it’s also home to what Australians (and some clued-in others) know to be one of the country’s finest lodges: Capella (baillielodges.com.au; from A$1,500 – about £830), opened in 2004 by local tourism pioneers James and Hayley Baillie (essentially the first to have brought some of luxury’s more considered trappings into Australia’s remotest wildernesses). After a four-month closure, with several million dollars spent updating and expanding its nine suites, relocating the spa into an ocean-view loft and adding a slick all-teak bar, Capella Lodge is again open for business – just in time for the southern hemisphere summer.

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