- Blending in with the landscape in bleached wood and glass, Capella Lodge on tropical Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea offers jaw dropping views over jagged mountains, turquoise lagoons, breath-taking coral reefs and an ever-changing seascape flat out to the horizon.
- Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island offers premium luxury boutique accommodation on this UNESCO World Heritage listed island and is the perfect perch for exploring this natural paradise, packed with rare birds, flora and fauna.
- There are nine contemporary suites accommodating a maximum of 20 guests and offering views of the ocean, the lagoon and the mountains. Suites are inspired by the carefree spirit of the authentic Australian beach house.
- Capella Lodge rests atop romantic Lovers Bay, at the foot of the imperious mountain twins rising dramatically above.
- A 2 hour flight from Sydney transports you to a real castaway ‘treasure island’, a paradise lost in time and perfectly preserved.
- There’s an outdoor unheated pool with an infinity edge for making the most of island views.
- Innovative fine dining showcases a bounty of local seafood and fresh regional produce.
- Climb to the summit of Mt Gower, rated as one of the world’s best day walks or comb for shells on pristine white-sanded beaches; go snorkeling in the lagoon, join naturalist-guided walks or take a boat trip around the subtropical island.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Lord Howe Island is Australia’s premier bird watching destination, with 14 species of seabirds breeding here in the hundreds of thousands. Between November to June you can watch Red-tailed Tropicbirds performing their balletic, airborne courting rituals from the Malabar cliffs.
Lord Howe is legendary for fishing. Surrounded by Marine Park and with no commercial fishery, the diversity of species, terrain, methods – and the sheer abundance of fish – rank Lord Howe among the world’s top fishing destinations. There are dozens of hot spots for hooking into monster pelagics such as Lord Howe Kingfish, Yellowfin Tuna, and Wahoo, as well as several species unique to Lord Howe. And there’s a virtually untouched game fishery – featuring Black, Blue and Striped Marlin – as little as half an hour from the jetty. Lord Howe is protected by the world’s most southerly coral reef, which shelters the crystal-clear Lagoon.
Lord Howe Island’s abundant marine life and crystal clear waters attract divers from around the world to explore some of the best dive sites on the planet. The coral reefs at Lord Howe Island are the most southerly (31° 33’S) – and among the most spectacular – in the world. The island is located at the crossroads of five major ocean currents, including the warm East Australian Current which runs down the Great Barrier Reef and down into the Tasman Sea.
The calm waters of the lagoon are ideal for kids. Paddle at the edge or snorkel above colourful corals just metres from the shore. Hire snorkeling gear from the dive shops or at Ned’s Beach use the masks, fins, and snorkels stored there for the cost of a contribution to the ‘honesty box’. Body surf at Blinky Beach, or swim in the open ocean at Ned’s Beach.
Although only 11km long and 2km wide, Lord Howe is laced with dozens of delightful, well-marked walking trails; nearly two thirds of the island is a Permanent Park Preserve. The choice ranges from easy strolls at sea level through lush kentia palm and banyan forests, to moderate cliff-top hikes where you’ll see seabirds wheeling on the thermals, to the challenging 875 metre Mt Gower climb – rated as one of the best day treks in the world.
In addition to its many unmatched natural attractions, Lord Howe Island offers a wide range of outdoor activities for a variety of interests and fitness levels. It’s an ideal destination for families, or equally for a romantic getaway. From bike riding along picturesque roads and surfing the island’s clean breaks, to a relaxing game of golf or lawn bowls in ideal surroundings, the island’s facilities and natural attractions are sure to keep people of all ages entertained.
Refreshingly off the radar, Capella Lodge is celebrated as Lord Howe Island’s premium luxury retreat, offering the ultimate island castaway experience. With clear views over the Pacific Ocean and the world’s southern-most coral reef, Capella Lodge rests above Lord Howe Island’s tiny, secret beach at Lovers Bay and at the foot of the imperious 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.
With its stunning ocean and mountain views, Capella Lodge affords a stylish and sophisticated escape. Our contemporary cuisine, first name service, relaxed sophistication and intimate surrounds combine to deliver a unique and exclusive Lord Howe Island experience. 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.
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. 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, music system, TV, DVD, telephone and wireless internet. An in-suite bar offers locally-sourced epicurean treats.
With a flowing single level design offering cameo views of the ocean and mountains, the Capella Suite features king or optional twin bedding, integrated lounge area and private outdoor deck. High ceilings and marine finishes create a beach house feel, a sense of cool airiness in this subtropical paradise, Lord Howe kentia palms waving outside. Guests find a stylish refuge in this 45m² space, featuring such lounging treats as the addictive Danish ‘Primetime’ chair with classic Artemide Tolomeo lamp stretching above, ideal for an indulgent read in the afternoon breeze. Textural Julie Paterson wood print artworks add a distinctive ‘laid back’ Lord Howe feel to this suite.
A chic basalt-dressed ensuite offers natural sky lighting and an oversized shower with generous dual heads allowing guests to rejuvenate in the remarkably soft, pure Lord Howe rainwater. Custom Capella Spa amenities use Island botanicals and enriching marine elements to create a sensual Lord Howe bathing experience. An expansive outdoor deck with sumptuous day bed and sun lounge complete a picture of relaxed, rejuvenating island living.
The popular Lagoon Loft is a comfortable mezzanine style 60m² suite with king bedroom upstairs, living area downstairs and private decks on both levels. Generous living area daybeds convert to a single bed at evening turndown for an additional guest on request. Lavish soft furnishings are custom designed by Julie Paterson of Cloth, and her woodcuts of the rare Lord Howe woodhen line the walls. Basalt bathroom with rainshower and smooth slab vanity is easily accessible from the living area.
Views are sensational from the upper level and extend to the reef-fringed lagoon, ocean and to the mountains rising ahead. The private deck areas with teak armchairs, sumptuous daybed and inviting hot tub provide a relaxed refuge, an ideal spot to unwind with a book, or to quietly contemplate the naturally calm surrounds, endemic kentia palms framing an idyllic island cameo.
Perfect for a small family or friends travelling together, the dual level Catalina Suite offers an expansive loft-style king bedroom, ensuite bathroom and balcony on the upper floor. Downstairs features a second king bedroom (with twin bed option available), separate lounge with fireplace (converting to a single bed on request). A luxurious basalt-walled ensuite bathroom affords easy privacy and convenience, with treats such as handmade soaps, Capella Spa toiletries and organic ceramics. Technology to keep in touch or chillout includes wireless internet connection and Bose music system. Danish ‘Prime Time’ chairs and textiles by Julie Paterson of Cloth create a sense of leisure at its most stylish.
Inspired by the lofty heights of the mountains just outside, vaulted white ceilings and marine finishes create a cool and airy feel to this 100m² suite. A generous outdoor deck flows easily to offer outdoor relaxation options including large daybed, occasional furniture and hot tub. Guests are spellbound by views of the magnificent mountains soaring above and cool ocean glimpses beyond.
Inspired by the seafaring days of Lord Howe, this premium mezzanine suite draws mesmerising views of Lord Howe’s postcard twin peaks, Mounts Gower and Lidgbird. The 160m² suite features a generous upstairs king sleeping area with ensuite powder room, reached by a striking red spiral staircase and is an ideal retreat for two people. Daybeds in the living area below make for a perfect chillout in front of the open fireplace, or can convert on turndown to one or two single beds for additional persons. A contemporary basalt bathroom is located on the lower level.
Generous private decks on both levels with lounging furniture promote quiet contemplation of Lord Howe’s dramatic natural landscape. Fat dairy cows munch contentedly on lush green grass at the mountains’ foot; it’s a world apart. The Makambo Loft is a superior suite and features a dash of red for fun with Mambo artist Bruce Goold’s soft furnishings and lino cuts, already a Capella design trademark in the main Lodge. Organic artwork by Cardamatis and Saad features bedside. A private deck plunge pool, outdoor shower and cabana style daybed complements the relaxed, fun-spirited sophistication of this luxury retreat.
The superlative Lidgbird Pavilion is truly awe-inspiring at 120m² and is a popular choice for a special occasion. A generous upper level bedroom area with ensuite opens to wrap around verandahs capturing panoramic views of ocean and mountains. Sumptuous ground level living blends seamlessly with the private outdoor lounging area and features banquette lounge perfect to relax with a book, or as a bed for an additional person.
Living is decadent with in and outdoor lounging featuring custom soft furnishings and features include Tomek Campfire Table, Bang & Olufsen television and sound system and complimentary room bar. Artists Cardamatis and Saad use natural botanicals to create rhythmic, textured designs, complimented by distinctive artworks of Bruce Goold. The basalt bathroom boasts dual stone slab vanities, rainshower, extensive timber benches and Capella Spa toiletries.
A refreshing dip in the private plunge pool beckons. Extensive decks surround with daybed, rainshower and luxurious outdoor bathing in the freestanding Lotus bath beneath the frangipani tree. Private drinks and canapés delivered at sunset and a deck dining occasion are perfect options for indulging with a loved one. The Capella electric buggy is reserved for exclusive use.
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.
Breakfast at Capella Lodge is a leisurely indulgence, the perfect way to kick-start a day of adventuring or relaxing on Lord Howe Island. Lunch comes in many forms at Capella Lodge, designed to fit perfectly with a day spent lounging by the wet-edge pool or out exploring Lord Howe Island. Evenings are heavenly at Capella Lodge, as guests sip on sunset drinks and savour canapés in the bar or watch the sun slip over the horizon from Gowers Terrace. It’s a magic time to reflect on the day and to share experiences with like-minded guests.
The convivial Capella Bar creates great cocktails, serves cool long drinks and offers a concise yet balanced selection of boutique Australian wines. Gowers Terrace is THE place to watch the sun sink over the South Pacific. The outdoor banquette and lounges offer the perfect vantage to meld ocean and horizon – with an appropriate drink in hand of course!
The Capella Spa is compact but has a wonderful list of treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate in either an indoor or outdoor treatment area. 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.
From the expansive Gowers Terrace, a dip in the horizon pool is a great experience.
The petite Capella Spa indulges body and soul. A signature menu of rejuvenating and relaxation treatments embraces the island’s endemic kentia palms and marine environment. For tired and weary legs ‘Gower’s Foot Therapy’ is a brilliant post-climb treat, or try ‘Mountain Man,’ a back exfoliation, massage and facial designed especially for him. The ultimate indulgence is the three-hour ‘Dreaming’ that includes everything imaginable to leave you feeling balanced and renewed.