Turquoise’s Best For Island Hideaway Barefoot Luxury
Capella Lodge, Australia
With sculpted mountain peaks rising dramatically from jewel-toned waters, the tiny World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island lies a short two-hour f light off Australia’s east coast. Guests are transported to a sub-tropical treasure island: a wild, almost prehistoric paradise lost in time and perfectly preserved. A propeller plane lands on an airstrip lined with lush grass to reveal a tiny airport with white picket fences: it’s a scene from one’s very own Fantasy Island.
Celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury accommodation on this crescent-shaped island, Capella Lodge rests atop the private and very romantic beach at Lovers Bay, commanding come-hither views. Nine contemporary island-style suites have been designed to complement Lord Howe’s pristine natural environment. Inspired by the carefree spirit of the authentic Australian beach house, this is barefoot luxury at its best. Floor-to-ceiling glass and a clever architectural design embrace the spectacular panorama of ocean, reef and mountains. Spacious, light-filled interiors create a sense of relaxed sophistication, while generous private decks with sumptuous day beds take full advantage of the awe inspiring vista. Inside, decadence reigns. Devour irresistible island cuisine and lounge poolside with fabulous drinks. Slip into the sublime horizon pool to refresh, and then stretch out on the open-air deck of Gower’s Terrace to plan your next pursuit. Sip sunset drinks, watching for the elusive green f lash as the sun slips beneath the horizon. Outside, walking paths traverse ancient wilderness and meander through virgin palm forest where the songs of native birds fill the air. Guests can take remote mountain walks, relax on white-sand beaches, or grab a snorkel to explore the riot of submarine colour in the world’s southernmost coral reef. The Lord Howe Island waters are warm as maritime currents f low south from the Coral Sea. Surrender to the nurture of body and soul in the Capella Spa with Aboriginal Dreamtime-inspired treatments. The island is a place for stargazing and dreaming: and Capella is the brightest, coolest star of the southern night sky.