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28 Aug 2018

Top 10 Kangaroo Island Hotels, Lodges & Retreats

Looking for Kangaroo Island luxury accommodation, a nature retreat, a wilderness lodge or the convenience of a hotel room? Look no further than our list of the top 10 hotels, lodges and retreats on Kangaroo Island.

1. Aurora Ozone Hotel

Aurora Ozone Hoteol, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

One of Kangaroo Island's best-known hotels, the Aurora Ozone Hotel is situated on the foreshore in Kingscote, the island's biggest town. Boasting all types of accommodation from family to deluxe and excellent facilities including an outdoor pool, sauna, barbecue area and free WiFi, this is the perfect spot to start your Kangaroo Island getaway. A quick 15 minute drive from the Kingscote Airport, the hotel's Zone Restaurant overlooks Nepean Bay and showcases the best of Kangaroo Island's produce.

2. Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

Southern Ocean Lodge is the jewel in the crown when it comes to Kangaroo Island luxury accommodation. For the past decade, it has offered sublime accommodation and experiences on Kangaroo Island and is considered one of the most luxurious properties in Australia. Perched on a cliff overlooking Hanson Bay, the lodge boasts unrivalled views over the Southern Ocean. There are 21 luxury suites to choose from, spa treatments and wildlife tours exclusive to Southern Ocean Lodge guests.

3. Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge, Kangaroo Island

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge not only offers quality hotel accommodation with water front views but also some delicious dining experiences on Kangaroo Island. After dinner, take a stroll around the hotel grounds and see local wallabies grazing on the grass flats, echidnas scratching around the garden beds and possums in the trees. The lodge is nestled on a hillside in lush native bushland at American River.

4. Stowaway Kangaroo Island

Stowaway Kangaroo Island

This Kangaroo Island lodge allows guests to see wildlife up close without having to leave the comfort of a cosy window seat. At Stowaway Kangaroo Island, which boasts two luxury self-contained lodges situated on 80 hectares of private land, wildlife spotting is guaranteed. Guests can also enjoy sweeping views over native bushland down to Kangaroo Island's north coast and the beautiful beaches of Stokes Bay. Designed to be the ultimate couple's retreat, features include a king bed, alfresco hot tub on a private deck, glass fronted sauna and double-sided wood fire.

5. ecopia retreat

Ecopia Villa, Kangaroo Island

More than 60 hectares of natural wilderness surrounds Ecopia Retreat, located in the centre of the island. From this Kangaroo Island retreat, guests are given "front row seats" to the untouched bushland and native animals that roam the island freely. Choose from three bespoke luxury retreats – two Villas and the Residence – each designed to be eco-friendly using 100% pure Kangaroo Island rainwater and an off-grid solar energy system. Ecopia Retreat is perfectly positioned to explore Kangaroo Island; Seal Bay is located just 15 minutes away and Flinders Chase National Park is just 45 minutes.

6. Vivonne Bay Lodge

Vivonne Bay Lodge, Kangaroo Island

Situated at stunning Vivonne Bay on the south coast of Kangaroo Island, it's only fitting that Vivonne Bay Lodge boasts a kilometre of beach frontage. With 206 hectares surrounding the property, there’s an abundance of Australian wildlife, native vegetation and 10 kilometres of sign-posted walking trails. This Kangaroo Island lodge has various accommodation options from private rooms to modern dormitory all with shared modern bathroom facilities. Communal areas include a kitchen, lounge area, large undercover decking and barbecue and free WiFi.

7. Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat is the only accommodation option adjacent to the entrance of Flinders Chase National Park - home to the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. This eco-friendly retreat is discretely nestled in a natural bushland setting and its room types range from courtyard suites to eco-lodge apartments, which is an ideal Kangaroo Island retreat for families.

8. Lifetime Private Retreats

Cliff House, LifeTime Private Retreats

Five separate properties make up this Kangaroo Island retreat, aptly named LifeTime Private Retreats. The spectacular and private villas and holiday houses are all beautifully appointed, luxurious and set among natural bushland with views over Snellings Beach and its surroundings. Choose from The Sky House, The Cliff House, The Settlers Homestead, Sheoaks and the most recent addition, the Beach Retreat.  

9. Alchemy on Island Beach

Alchemy on Island Beach, Kangaroo Island

Alchemy on Island Beach offers families a special place to stay on Kangaroo Island. With an absolute beachfront location and 180 degree sea views, these two properties are only 50 steps from the deck to the water's edge. The glorious, white sandy Island beach spans for more than three kilometres, making it convenient for long morning walks or endless summer days lapping in the crystal blue waters.

10. Cape Willoughby Lighthouse

Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, Kangaroo Island

One of Kangaroo Island's unique accommodation offerings, Cape Willoughby Lighthouse boasts panoramic view across Backstairs Passage and surrounding coast. Stay overnight in a spacious lightkeeper’s cottage which dates back to 1852. The cottages have since been restored but the isolation, ruggedness and beauty of this part of the island remains. Self-guided walking trails provide further insight into the lives of the early Lighthouse Keepers and the construction of the Lightstation.

Make the most out of your Kangaroo Island getaway with our guide of things to do, tours to join and the best places to eat and drink. Get back to nature on a camping holiday or kick back with a group of friends in a holiday rental