Capella Lodge is Lord Howe luxury and Lord Howe Island's premium boutique accommodation. Commanding stunning ocean and mountain views the lodge affords a civilised, stylish and sophisticated escape. Capella's contemporary cuisine, first name service, relaxed sophistication and intimate surrounds combine to deliver a unique and exclusive Lord Howe Island experience. Lord Howe with luxe appeal.
Capella Lodge perches above Lord Howe Island’s spectacular Lover’s Bay, a boutique Lodge that carries all the hallmarks of beachside living with luxe.
The visual drama is compelling: floor to ceiling windows allow Lord Howe’s signature subtropical forests, the towering twin peaks of Mts Gower and Lidgbirdand the jewel-toned reef to take centre stage.
The Lodge’s contemporary style and streamlined luxury – interiors awash with muted colours with hints of modern tropical and mariner chic – is beautifully matched with exceptional dining and first name service.
The teak clad main Lodge houses the Capella Restaurant, Bar, Gower’s Terrace and the spacious Kentia Lounge.
Exclusive fabrics by Bruce Goold, custom furnishings, original artworks and light fittings that are more adequately described as light sculptures highlight the intriguing seafaring origins of Lord Howe and add to the relaxed mood of the Lodge.
The spacious Kentia Lounge encourages relaxation, offering incredible mountain and reef break scenery and wide comfy banquettes. An open fire provides additional comfort in the cooler months.
Outdoor lounging areas and a wet-edge plunge pool make Gower’s Terrace THE place to watch the sun sink over the South Pacific.
Capella’s reputation as Lord Howe’s knock-out dining destination is far reaching,with the Lodge’s contemporary Pacific cuisine a tribute to superb quality and fresh flavour.
The Restaurant commands spectacular views of the lagoon and mountains, providing a dramatic backdrop for savouring inspired menus.
Rates at Capella include gourmet breakfast, sunset drinks and canapes, three course dinner with selected wines and non alcoholic beverages. The Restaurant is now reserved exclusively for the enjoyment of our in-house guests.
The petite Capella Spa indulges body and soul. A signature menu of rejuvenating and relaxation treatments embraces the Island’s endemic kentia palms and marine environment. Guests have a choice of indulging in the quirky designer chic of Mambo artist Bruce Goold’s interiors or embracing the outdoors in the Kentia Pavilion.
For tired and weary legs ‘Gower’s Foot Therapy’ is a brilliant post-climb treat, or try ‘Mountain Man,’ a back exfoliation, massage and facial designed especially for him. The ultimate indulgence is the three-hour ‘Dreaming’ that includes everything imaginable to leave you feeling balanced and renewed. For something a little different, ‘Sacred Stone Therapy’ draws upon the power of heated basalt stones from the Island’s windward beaches.
The Capella Spa exclusively chooses Li’Tya spa care products.
With a flowing single level design offering cameo views of the ocean and mountains, the Capella Suite features king or optional twin bedding, integrated lounge area and private outdoor deck. High ceilings and marine finishes create a beach house feel, a sense of cool airiness in this subtropical paradise, Lord Howe kentia palms waving outside.
Guests find a stylish refuge in this 45m² space, featuring such lounging treats as the addictive Danish 'Primetime' chair with classic Artemide Tolomeo lamp stretching above, ideal for an indulgent read in the afternoon breeze. Cool Julie Paterson custom designed fabrics and wood print art add a distinctive 'laid back' Lord Howe feel to this suite.
A chic basalt-dressed ensuite offers natural sky lighting and an oversized shower with generous dual heads allowing guests to rejuvenate in the remarkably soft, pure Lord Howe rainwater. Custom Capella Spa amenities use Island botanicals and enriching marine elements to create a sensual Lord Howe bathing experience. An expansive outdoor deck with sumptuous day bed and sun lounge complete a picture of relaxed, rejuvenating island living.
Capella Suites are ideal for one or two persons.
Perfect for a small family or friends relaxing together, the generous single level Family Suite with king bedroom also features a separate lounge area with day beds that can convert to two single beds on evening turndown. Flexible bedding options also allow four single beds.
Inspired by the lofty heights of the mountains just outside, vaulted white ceilings and marine finishes create a cool and airy feel to this 65m² suite. A generous outdoor deck flows easily to offer outdoor relaxation options including large daybed and occasional furniture. Guests are spellbound by views of the magnificent mountains soaring above and cool ocean glimpses beyond.
A luxurious basalt-walled ensuite bathroom affords easy privacy and convenience, with treats such as island-scented handmade soaps, Capella Spa toiletries and organic ceramics. Technology to keep in touch or chilllout includes wireless internet connection and Bose music system. Danish 'Prime Time' chairs and textiles by Julie Paterson of Cloth create a sense of leisure at its most stylish.
The Capella Family Suite is ideal for up to four persons. *As an intimate nine suite lodge, Capella welcomes families with children six years and over.
The popular Lagoon Loft is a comfortable mezzanine style 55m² suite with king bedroom upstairs, living area downstairs and private decks on both levels. Generous living area daybeds can convert to one or two single beds at evening turndown for additional guests on request.
Lavish soft furnishings are custom designed by Julie Paterson of Cloth, and her woodcuts of the rare Lord Howe woodhen line the walls. Basalt bathroom with rainshower and smooth slab vanity is easily accessible from the living area.
Views are sensational from the upper level and extend to the reef-fringed lagoon, ocean and to the mountains rising ahead. The private deck areas with sumptuous daybed or teak armchairs provide a relaxed refuge, an ideal spot to unwind with a book, or to quietly contemplate the naturally calm surrounds, endemic kentia palms framing an idyllic island cameo.
Lagoon Lofts are ideal for up to three adults or a family of four with younger children.
*Capella welcomes families with children six years and over.
New to Capella and inspired by the swashbuckling seafaring days of Lord Howe, this premium mezzanine suite draws mesmerising views of Lord Howe's postcard twin peaks, Mts Gower and Lidgbird.
The 90m² suite features a generous upstairs king sleeping area, reached by a striking red spiral staircase and is an ideal retreat for two people. Luxe daybeds in the living area below make for a perfect chillout, or can convert on turndown to one or two single beds for additional persons. A contemporary basalt bathroom is located on the lower level.
Generous private decks on both levels with lounging furniture and retro Ditzel 'hanging basket' chair promote quiet contemplation of Lord Howe's dramatic natural landscape. Fat dairy cows munch contentedly on lush green grass at the mountains' foot; it's a world apart.
The Makambo Loft is a superior suite and features a dash of red for fun with Mambo artist Bruce Goold's soft furnishings and lino cuts, already a Capella design trademark in the main Lodge. Organic artwork by Cardamatis and Saad features bedside. Complimentary room bar and private deck plunge spa complement the relaxed, fun-spirited sophistication of this luxe retreat.
The Makambo Loft is ideal for up to 4 persons.
The superlative new Lidgbird Pavilion is truly awe-inspiring at 120m² and is a popular choice for a special occasion. A generous upper level bedroom area with ensuite opens to wrap around verandahs capturing panoramic views of ocean and mountains.
Sumptuous ground level living blends seamlessly with the private outdoor lounging area and features banquette lounge perfect to relax with a book, or as a bed for an additional person.
Living is decadent with and in and outdoor lounging featuring Bohlu and Julie Paterson custom soft furnishings and luxe features include Tomek Campfire Table, Bang & Olufsen television and sound system, personal laptop and complimentary room bar. Artists Cardamatis and Saad use natural botanicals to create rhythmic, textured designs. The basalt bathroom boasts a dual stone slab vanities, rainshower, extensive timber benches and Capella Spa toiletries.
A refreshing dip in the private plunge pool beckons. Extensive decks surround with luxe daybed, rainshower and luxurious outdoor bathing in the freestanding Lotus bath beneath the frangipani tree. Private drinks and canapés delivered at sunset and a deck dining occasion are perfect options for indulging with a loved one. The Capella electric buggy is reserved for exclusive use.
The Lidgbird Pavilion is ideal for up to three persons.
A 'treasure island' of extraordinary contrasts, with rugged volcanic peaks, lush forests, rolling surf and serene lagoons, Lord Howe Island is encircled by the world's southern-most coral reef and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982. Long recognised for its pristine natural heritage, around 75% of the island is permanently preserved as marine park and subtropical rainforest.
Rising from the Tasman Sea just 700km northeast of Sydney, this tiny, breathtakingly beautiful island is just 11km long and 2.8km at widest. Around 300 people are lucky enough to call the Island home and visitor numbers are restricted to 400 at any one time to preserve Lord Howe's precious natural environment. Lord Howe Island and its surrounding islets are the eroded remnants of a large shield volcano that erupted from the ocean floor some 7 million years ago.
The majestic Balls Pyramid seen from the air rising imperiously from the waters south of the island, is the world's largest monolithic sea rock and is part of the same undersea ridge called the Lord Howe Rise. The stately twin peaks, Mounts Gower and Lidgbird tower some 875m above sea level at the southern end of Lord Howe. These matronly mountains preside over the island as its natural guardians, inviting exploration and wonder.
Lord Howe Island is situated in the South Pacific Ocean, 700km north-east of Sydney, Australia.
Qantaslink is the exclusive carrier to Lord Howe Island (LDH), flying 32-seat Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft most days from Sydney (SYD). Weekend flights depart from Brisbane (BNE), and a seasonal service operates from Port Macquarie (PQQ).
Flights are an easy 1hr 50 min, and provide a spectacular aerial welcome to the island.
As the island is part of New South Wales, no passport is required.
Warm maritime currents from the Coral Sea endow this iconic island with a near perfect climate often likened to perpetual spring. Guests experience warm summers extending into autumn (Nov - Apr) with daytime temperatures ranging from 25-28°C. There's no summer monsoon season, as the Queensland Islands on the Great Barrier Reef experience. The water remains free of stingers and is crystal clear and warm for swimming, snorkeling and diving, making marine activities a joy. The 'old-fashioned' notion of flip-flopping from the beach to the reef in fins, snorkel and swimmers is easy on Lord Howe. Generally, conditions are appropriate for swimming between September and May.
The gentle cool season (May - Sept) offers daytime temperatures 18 - 22 degrees and the opportunity to enjoy the myriad of island activities on offer year-round. Encounter the intriguing rare bird species that choose Lord Howe as their preferred seasonal nesting stopover, explore walks of varying grades amongst ancient palm forests and along basalt rises, all with amazing island and ocean views. Venture on low-tide reef walks and discover sub-marine wonders by boat or snorkel.
A light spray proof jacket, hat and comfortable walking shoes are recommended when packing. For a Lord Howe weather update, click below to view the current Bureau of Meteorology forecast.