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Two of the world's best lodges in South Australia

Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, and The Louise in the Barossa, have both made it onto Travel + Leisure’s Top 100 Hotels in the World list for 2017. For good reason.

By Simon Webster
Published: 24 July, 2017

When readers of Travel + Leisure, one of the world's top travel magazines, voted for their favourite hotels of 2017, they included two from South Australia: Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and The Louise in the Barossa Valley. One is an architecturally stunning luxury retreat on a wild clifftop, the other a luxurious escape offering unforgettable sunsets over Barossa vines. Both provide very special food and wine experiences as well as unique opportunities to explore their beautiful surrounds. 

Why everyone is wild about Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Kangaroo Island is a dramatic location, which has been likened to the Galápagos Islands due to its amazing wildlife. The scenery is also pretty spectacular and, if you want accommodation to match the setting, Southern Ocean Lodge won’t disappoint. Perched on limestone cliffs on the island’s south-west coast, the luxury lodge is no stranger to world’s best hotel lists, thanks to the amazing views from its 21 suites, striking architecture and warm hospitality. Food is a highlight of a stay at Southern Ocean Lodge, where a daily changing menu showcases Kangaroo Island produce – from lobster to lamb to Ligurian honey. The lodge also offers some superb South Australian wines. Order from the wine list or select one from the walk-in cellar.

Explore Kangaroo Island

Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Each guest at Southern Ocean Lodge gets a personalised itinerary based on what they want to see and do on Kangaroo Island. Signature experiences are included in your tariff at the lodge. You might try Wonders of KI, a half-day tour of island highlights including the surreal granite boulders known as Remarkable Rocks, a fur seal colony and some koala spotting. Or join a cliff-top walk, a naturalist-led visit to a sea lion colony, or check out the Kangas & Kanapés experience, in which you’ll enjoy drinks and snacks while watching kangaroos and wallabies graze at a historic island property. Guests can also design bespoke experiences including quad-bike safaris, beach fishing and night tours.  

Bask in Barossa luxury

The Louise, Barossa Valley, South Australia

In the heart of South Australia’s world-famous Barossa wine region, The Louise offers one- and two-bedroom suites that cocoon guests in luxury linen and soft lighting. Some of the suites offer spas, fireplaces and private outdoor rain showers for two, but don’t get too settled, the vineyard views should remind you that there’s food and wine to be savoured. The lodge’s restaurant, Appellation at The Louise, offers one of Australia’s top regional dining experiences with executive chef Ryan Edwards creating dishes that celebrate fresh, seasonal, local food. Think kangaroo tartare with horseradish, pickled turnip and native currant, or wild-caught venison with fermented shiitake, morcilla, roasted koji and sesame. Meals can be paired with wines or you can bring your own special bottle or two. Perhaps something from one of the great Barossa vineyards you’ve visited that day?

The Louise is also pretty good at casual dining. Try the lounge or terrace at the recently upgraded Bar Louise, winner of the Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide 2017 Best Club Sandwich award.

Note: The Louise is closed for its winter break, but reopens on Friday 28 July.

Discover the Barossa

Seppeltsfield Estate, Barossa Valley, South Australia

This being the Barossa, food and wine feature heavily in the experiences offered at The Louise. From a private wine tasting with renowned winemaker Charles Melton to a tour of the legendary Seppeltsfield Estate to a trip to the Barossa Farmers Market with one of the Appellation chefs, the opportunities to indulge in fine food and wine will leave you in no doubt as to why the Barossa has the reputation it does. From its rolling hills to its stone churches, the region is fertile, fascinating and full of surprises. Of course, exploring means you’ll have to leave your luxury lodge for a few hours, but don’t worry, it will still be there when you return for drinks at sunset.