Capella Lodge
About Us

About Us

Baillie Lodges is an intimate portfolio of luxury lodges setting new benchmarks for premium experiential travel in Australian style. Set in exclusive locations of unique natural or cultural significance, the boutique properties appeal to the discerning global traveller seeking a remarkable experience. Baillie Lodges was founded in 2003 by life and business partners James and Hayley Baillie, who together bring a wealth of high end tourism experience to this dynamic venture.

Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island was the first property in the Baillie Lodges boutique portfolio. World Heritage-listed Lord Howe is home to the world’s most southerly coral reef and is much-loved by new and returning guests seeking ‘barefoot luxury’. Fresh local cuisine and first-name service are on the menu in this in a subtropical escape.

Globally celebrated Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island is Australia’s most acclaimed luxury wilderness lodge. Australia’s answer to the Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is teeming with native wildlife and guests encounter sea lions, fur seals, kangaroos and koalas up close. The luxurious clifftop retreat combines contemporary design with superb fine dining in a tribute to the wildly beautiful surrounds.

In 2013, Baillie Lodges took over management of iconic outback property Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta. Over four years the company completed a series of refurbishments and launched a new era of Australian luxury lodging with its reopening in 2017. Safari-style tented pavilions float above rust-red dunes, offering guests a view of Uluru from the end of the bed. Central to a stay is a discovery of the World Heritage-listed wilderness explored on a series of guided excursions, connecting guests with the region’s unique natural and indigenous heritage.

In 2019 Baillie Lodges entered into a joint venture with an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (KSL) heralding an exciting new chapter in Baillie Lodges’ quest to deliver Australia’s finest collection of luxury lodges.  James and Hayley Baillie lead the new venture, continuing their commitment to deliver wild, experiential luxury. Building on the sustained success of the Baillie Lodges brand, operations expertise and distribution network, the company will set about evaluating acquisitions of select luxury lodges to join the Baillie Lodges stable.

Silky Oaks Lodge in Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest will be the first property to join Baillie Lodges following the new partnership agreement. Set among the World Heritage-listed wilderness of the Daintree National Park and along the banks of the gently flowing Mossman River, Silky Oaks Lodge offers guests a stylish rainforest escape.

Planning is also underway for Baillie Lodges’ next venture, a luxury wilderness retreat on Tasmania’s rugged southeast coast. Remarkable Lodge on the picturesque Tasman Peninsula will rest on its own spectacular headland close to the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur historic site and offer sea views extending to Tasman Island and Cape Pillar, home to prolific marine life and the Southern Hemisphere’s highest vertical sea cliffs.

Capella Lodge, Longitude 131° and Southern Ocean Lodge are honoured as founding members of Luxury Lodges of Australia, celebrating a new era of Australian experiential luxury accommodation and adventure.

Lord Howe Luxe | Stay 7 Pay 6 Bonus Offer

Get away and enjoy a complimentary night with our Stay 7 Pay 6 offer plus bonus French Champagne and Capella Spa treatment vouchers. Lord Howe luxe! Valid for stays April 1 – December 20, 2019 inclusive. Learn more ››

Luxury Lodges of Australia

Capella Lodge is honoured as a ‘first 15’ founding member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, a collection of luxury lodges in extraordinary Australian destinations. Learn more ››

Southern Ocean Lodge

A big sister to Capella Lodge, Southern Ocean Lodge has inspired overwhelming local and international acclaim on the rugged clifftops of the wildly beautiful Kangaroo Island. Learn more ››

Wildlife meets the good life

With Capella as luxe base camp, Helen Anderson met a cast of thousands. Read on to enjoy her recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald Learn more ››

From island to outback...

Capella Lodge has an outback sister… Longitude 131°, the acclaimed luxury wilderness camp overlooking Uluru. It’s the essential experience of the Red Centre.  Learn more ››

Capella Video

Relax for a few minutes and escape (at least virtually!) to Capella. Celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury on Lord Howe, this is barefoot luxury at its best! Learn more ››