Lifetime Private Retreats

Lifetime Private Retreats

Spectacularly set amongst cliffs and beaches, Life Time Private Retreats offers five secluded private havens in a remote corner of Kangaroo Island.

Immersed in the stunning natural scenery of Kangaroo Island, each of the private luxury villas offers its own unique coastal view and comfortable yet sophisticated design, with the option for an extraordinary full-service dining package complete with your very own chef.

Lovingly renovated by three generations of the Holden and Hannaford family who have long time ties to Kangaroo Island, Cliff House, Settlers Homestead, Sky House, Sheoaks and Beach Retreat, all have unique approaches to lavish island luxury, and secluded relaxation. Each of the five houses is exclusive in its offering, meaning couples, families or small groups can all enjoy the breathtaking coastal views in private luxury.

Location: Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is famous for its abundant wildlife species and natural beauty. Covering almost 4500sq km (a third of which is conservation land), the island is relatively free of feral species allowing animal and bird populations to thrive.

See koalas in millennia-old native forests, walk among sea lions on pristine white-sand beaches, dive historic wrecks to see the famous Leafy Sea Dragon, watch Ospreys wheeling over rocky headlands – the experiences are endless!

Rich farmland and fertile seas have supported spirited island communities that are rich in history, culture and cuisine. Today, the passions of art communities, wine growers and artisan food producers help complete this extraordinary off-shore escape.

Life Time Private Retreats are located at Snellings Beach on the north of Kangaroo Island.


As a guest of The Tailor, you will enjoy a complimentary Snellings Beach Nocturnal Tour, following your Shearing Shed dining experience (As a part of a full-service dining package). Tour the Shearing Shed garden and grounds spotlight in hand, hearing the history of the area and seeing the native Kangaroo Island wildlife active in the night.

Further island activities and touring can be tailored to your interests. Contact us to explore your options.

Suitable/best for

Small Groups
Solo Traveller



Life Time Private Retreats offer both house only accommodation options, whereby guests cater for themselves using the fully equipped kitchens, or full-service dining packages.

The full-service dining package offers fully tailored in-house dining options prepared by your private chef, and rich in local produce. The package is also inclusive of one signature dining experience at either the Enchanted Fig Tree or the Shearing Shed.

Enchanted Fig Tree

Dine on extraordinary local produce amongst the low hanging branches of an ancient fig tree, in the privacy of naturally created ‘rooms’ shaped by the boughs and leaves of the tree. This unforgettable fairy-tale experience is often the highlight for visitors to the region.

Shearing Shed

An enchanting dining experience in the privacy of an 80-year-old shearing shed. With rustic and eclectic design, soft candle light and fresh regional produce, the Shearing Shed is a remarkable dining experience like no other.

Room / Accommodation options

Cliff House

Guests of the Cliff House are met with stunning beach views nestled in amongst the trees. The unique circular tower bedroom with its panoramic ocean views gives the villa its unique character. With a lavish cliff-edge jacuzzi, cushioned sunken relaxation pit with an open fire, and an outdoor dining area, the Cliff House is ideal for families to spread out in private luxury.

Configuration: Sleeps maximum seven guests with roll away – 3 bedrooms.

Sky House

Perched high in the hills overlooking the rugged coastline and quiet beach, Sky House is spectacular not just in scenic views, but design and appearance as well. Internal floor heating and a beautiful slow combustion fireplace, combined with lavish features such as a large Villeroy & Boch bathtub, make the Sky House a favourite cosy hideaway for couples and honeymooners.

Configuration: Sleeps maximum of two guests – 1 bedroom.

Settlers Homestead

Built by the original settlers to Kangaroo Island, Settlers Homestead is a charming private home steeped in island heritage. Views of the rolling hills, lush bushland, and a private deck, make Settlers Homestead an idyllic way to soak in the calming sights and sounds of the island.

Configuration: Sleeps a maximum of six guests – 3 bedrooms.


Just a few minutes’ walk from the beach and nestled into the hills, Sheoaks is a cleverly designed property accommodating either two guests in a self-contained studio bedroom, or a larger group using the remainder of the property. Sheoaks is complete with wood-fired heater, picturesque deck and luxury furnishings, making the villa a comfortable and indulgent seaside escape.

Configuration: Sleeps a maximum of seven guests – 1 studio bedroom and 3 regular bedrooms.

The Beach Retreat

An intimate one-bedroom studio full of light and eclectic qualities. Located in the bushland overlooking the beach, this cliff-edge retreat gives easy access to the serene Snellings Beach. The domed roof and wide-open windows bring the surrounding natural environment into the private house, and create a sense of peace and calm ideal for a solo or couples escape.

Configuration: Sleeps a maximum of two guests – 1 bed.

Getting there

City – Adelaide
Town – Kingscote

Air access
Aircraft from Adelaide to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island takes 30 minutes, with a 60 minute vehicle transfer to LifeTime Private Retreats.

Road access
LifeTime Private Retreats is approximately 1 hour drive from the township of Kingscote.


Kangaroo Island is a destination for all seasons and Lifetime is available all throughout the year.


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