Lord Howe Island is one of Australia’s most inspiring destinations, and Capella Lodge is its most exclusive residence. With astonishing ocean and mountain views, it makes for the perfect base to explore this remarkable and little-visited island.
Capella is a boutique nine-suite lodge that carries all the hallmarks of luxurious beachside living, perched above Lord Howe Island’s spectacular Lover’s Bay. The visual drama is compelling: floor-to-ceiling windows allow Lord Howe’s signature subtropical forests, the towering twin peaks of Mounts Gower and Lidgbird, and the jewel-toned reef to take centre stage. The Lodge’s contemporary style and streamlined luxury – interiors in muted colours with hints of modern tropical and mariner chic – is beautifully matched with exceptional dining and first name service.
Exceptionally beautiful Lord Howe is World Heritage Listed for its rare collection of plants, birds and marine life. Born from a volcanic eruption some seven million years ago, the island is 11 kilometres long and barely two kilometres at its widest point. 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. Rising from the Tasman Sea 700km northeast of Sydney, Lord Howe’s visitor numbers are restricted to 400 at any one time to preserve the precious natural environment.
Explore rich green forests, relax on tranquil white beaches, snorkel the unique wonders of the reef (equipment is included in stay). Bicycles are the main form of transport on the island and they are available for Capella guests along with electric golf-buggy’s (for hire). The petite Capella Spa offers a signature menu of rejuvenating and relaxation treatments (costs apply). Guests have a choice of indulging in the quirky designer chic of Mambo artist Bruce Goold’s interiors or embracing the outdoors in the Kentia Pavilion. Other activities can be arranged for additional cost, including fishing tours with a local operator, surfing, exploring the island in search of rare birds and plants and climbing Mt Lidgebird.
Capella’s reputation as Lord Howe’s knock-out dining destination is far-reaching, with the Lodge’s contemporary Pacific cuisine a tribute to the superb quality and fresh flavour. The Restaurant commands spectacular views of the lagoon and mountains, providing a dramatic backdrop for savouring inspired menus. Packages at Capella include gourmet breakfast, sunset drinks and canapés, three-course dinner with selected wines and non-alcoholic beverages. The Restaurant is reserved exclusively for the enjoyment of in-house guests.
Single level suite featuring timber floors, beach house inspired interiors, king or twin beds and expansive outdoor deck area with sumptuous day bed.
Capacity: 2 persons
The perfect suite for families or friends travelling together offering an expansive loft-style king bedroom, and ensuite bathroom with incredible island views. Downstairs features a second king bedroom, separate lounge with fireplace and bathroom. The private outdoor deck with hot tub and daybeds invites complete immersion in the surrounds.
Capacity: 5 persons
A mezzanine style suite with king bedroom upstairs, private deck and stunning views. Lower level offers a relaxed living area with daybeds converting to two single beds as required; wide doors open to an outdoor deck with hot tub and daybed.
Capacity: 3 persons
A one-on-a-kind suite capturing the seafaring spirit of Lord Howe Island in a fun and contemporary style. Reached by a spiral staircase, the upper level boasts superb views from the king bedroom and balcony. Ground level living features a lounge area with open fireplace and daybeds converting to two single beds on request. Outdoor expansive living includes a plunge pool, outdoor shower and cabana style daybed for ultimate relaxation.
Capacity: 4 persons
The superlative Lidgbird Pavilion is truly awe-inspiring and perfect for a special occasion. A generous upper-level bedroom area includes wrap around verandahs to capture soul-stirring ocean and mountain views. The lower level features a lounge with open fireplace and spacious basalt-clad bathroom flowing to the outdoor deck. A plunge pool beckons with daybed and bathing beneath the frangipani tree. Private dining options are available and the Capella electric buggy is reserved for exclusive use.