- Style Sophisticated beach house
- Setting Subtropical island idyll
Camouflaged amid the tropical fauna of Lord Howe Island, the Capella Lodge hotel has views of a natural paradise that are positively Dr No-worthy. You don't have to want to take over the world, though, to enjoy the romantic views of jagged peaks, turquoise lagoons and vibrant coral reefs from the hotel’s glass and bleached wood interiors.
Need to know
- Rooms Nine suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $1135.82 (AU$1,273), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast, soft drinks, sunset apéritifs and canapés, three-course dinner with matching wines, and airport transfers.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout, DVD, CD and book library, board games, Jacuzzi, day spa, gardens. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, Bose music system (with MP3 input), signature Capella Spa toiletries, minibar.
- Poolside There's an outdoor unheated pool with an infinity edge for making the most of island views.
- Check–out 10.30am. Check-in, 2pm.
Children Kids aged six and over are welcome at the lodge (age 12 and over at the Lidgbird Pavilion).
- Eco‐friendly Capella harnesses solar power for hot water, natural ventilation for air-conditioning, and eco-smart fires in winter. It's also committed to a local revegetation project, planting endemic palms and trees in land around the lodge affected by erosion.
- Also The hotel provides free bikes for getting around, or hire a buggy for the day (a buggy is included in Lidgbird Pavilion rates; pre-book the other one).
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We’re partial to Room 2, a Lagoon Loft with stunning views – enjoy them from the comfy bed on the mezzanine. If you want to push the boat out, the recently revamped flagship Lidgbird Pavilion now has a second level with wraparound verandas, a plunge pool and outdoor stone bath under the frangipani trees, and offers private dining as well as its own free bar. Bathrooms feature sexy dark basalt stone, baths and rain showers.
- Packing tips Underwater camera, bird-spotting manual, hiking boots and a sketch book if you're an arty type.
- Also Pamper yourself at the intimate Capella Spa, which uses Aboriginal LI’TYA products in its dreamy treatments. Lagoon kayaks and snorkelling gear are available for exploring the island’s marine ecosystem. Picnic tables and wood-fired barbecues dot scenic spots nearby, too, if you’d rather stay dry.
Food and drink at Capella Lodge
- Hotel restaurant The open-plan Capella Restaurant has a laid-back yet luxurious coastal look, with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows for stellar skylines. Fans of modern Pacific cuisine will enjoy chef Phil Woolaston’s daily-changing offerings, including locally caught fish, house-made pasta, boutique farmed meats and island-grown tropical fruit and veg. Lunch costs extra, and the lodge can also supply picnic and barbecue packs, for AU$18 and AU$30 a person respectively.
- Dress code Sophisticated neutrals – why compete with the view?
- Top table New arrivals are always placed at tables 1, 2 or 3 by the window on their first day, and guests are then rotated so that everyone gets a ringside seat. The fab landscape is still visible from most tables though.
- Last orders The bar is open from noon till 7pm; dinner is served 6.30pm–9.30pm.
- Room service Not available as Capella offers a traditional lodge experience where guests come together to dine, but between the restaurant and bar you should be well catered for.
- Hotel bar The Capella Bar boasts a good selection of boutique wines and great espressos. Complimentary sunset cocktails and canapés are served daily on Gower’s Terrace, where you can soak up breathtaking views from chic loungers; or relax on ample banquettes in the Kentia Lounge, with blissed-out beats as a backing track.