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Dreamy luxury stays on Lord Howe Island

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Lidgbird Pavilion with scenic ocean views of Mount Gower. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island.

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Dreamy luxury stays
on Lord Howe Island

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: Capella Lodge

Lidgbird Pavilion with scenic ocean views of Mount Gower. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island.

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Lord Howe Island, a two-hour flight from Sydney, is a natural sanctuary of subtropical rainforests, bush-fringed volcanic mountains and the world’s most southern fringing coral reef. Here you’ll find a distinctly Australian style of shoes-optional beach-house chic that combines fine dining and spa treatments with languid days on uncrowded beaches. 

Pinetrees Lodge  

With its 19th-century heritage, Pinetrees is an integral part of Lord Howe Island’s identity, but this carbon-neutral lodge is not one for stuffy formalities. There’s no need to don resort wear, and the doors don’t even have locks. The pick of its relaxed ‘coastal-style’ rooms, suites and cottages is the spacious Chef’s Cottage. French doors and louvre windows summon in Pacific Ocean breezes, while blackbutt timber floors, subtropical garden-facing private decks and a 400-book library add refinement. Foodies will find happiness somewhere between flourless chocolate cake and confit duck with duck fat-roasted potatoes. A signature massage at the day spa is the perfect recovery after the five-day Seven Peaks Walk, which sets out from here. At sunset, head down to Pinetrees’s wooden boathouse on Lagoon Beach to unwind with wine and canapés.

Capella Lodge  

In the island’s south, Capella Lodge claims Lord Howe’s most spectacular vistas. Let majestic mountains Lidgbird and Gower duel for your attention as you float in the mesmerising infinity pool. The intimate resort has nine timber-floored suites designed to be in visual harmony with their surroundings. The modern interiors, featuring designer furnishings such as Danish ‘Prime Time’ chairs and island-themed commissioned artworks, achieve a serene beach-house ambience. Executive chef Cooper Dickson’s cuisine makes a lasting impression, from gourmet treats in your in-suite bar to fine-dining creations sourced partly from Capella’s ever-evolving vegetable garden. And the day spa is truly decadent.

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Pinetrees Boatshed at Pinetrees Lodge, Lord Howe Island

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Pinetrees Lodge, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: Pinetrees Lodge

Pinetrees Boatshed at Pinetrees Lodge, Lord Howe Island

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Relax by the pool at Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island.

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Relax by the pool at Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island.

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Arajilla Retreat 

A subtle entrance off Old Settlement Beach sets the scene sublimely for small-footprint, laid-back Arajilla Retreat. The light-dappled boardwalk which links its 12 rooms with the spa and restaurant feels like a natural path through the kentia palm forest. All-inclusive Arajilla caters for most holiday demands, from island-fresh breakfasts to complimentary use of fishing gear and snorkelling equipment. Tropical-print rugs and cushions in natural materials such as linen help weave Arajilla’s boutique island vibe. Nooks of note include the Banyan Suites’ north-facing mezzanine Treetops Lounge. Book Blue Peter Beach House if you’re looking for a refined, self-contained space for two, just across from Lagoon Beach.  

Island House  

The sophisticated new kid on Lord Howe’s luxury block is also its most ‘Hemsworthy’. Chris Hemsworth and his extended family were the first guests at Island House, which is actually two two-bedroom, two-bathroom, architect-designed spaces, the South House and the North House. Both are elegantly curated with mid-century Danish furniture, high-end Japanese homewares and Aboriginal art. Soak in outdoor copper baths then relax by a cast-iron Cheminées Philippe fireplace, sampling a Japanese spirit or ‘new- and old-world’ wine from the well-curated bar. Your kitchen is stocked with high-end utensils and produce from nearby sister business, The Nursery, but private chefs can be arranged to do the culinary grind for you. 

Admiralty Apartments  

On Lord Howe’s serene northeast sit two spacious self-contained apartments by relative newcomer Admiralty Apartments. Hand-feed fish and snorkel over the reef at Ned's Beach Sanctuary Zone, which is literally almost on your doorstep. Admiralty typifies Lord Howe’s barefoot-luxury ethos. Enjoy breezy, generous interiors full of thoughtful touches such as Haiku timber ceiling fans, then grab your complimentary bottle of wine and Rose-Marie Hillier beach umbrella when you’re ready to spend some ‘you’ time on the beach. 

Arajilla Retreat, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: Destination NSW

Dine at the luxurious Arajilla Retreat, Lord Howe Island.

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Arajilla Retreat, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: Destination NSW

Dine at the luxurious Arajilla Retreat, Lord Howe Island.

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Island House, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: Island House

The South House at Island House, Lord Howe Island.

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Island House, Lord Howe Island CREDIT: Island House

The South House at Island House, Lord Howe Island.

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