Capella Lodge | Lord Howe Island | New South Wales

Lord Howe Island

Property Description

Celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge rests atop romantic Lover’s Bay, at the foot of the imperious mountain twins rising dramatically above. An inspired architectural design welcomes spectacular views of the ocean, reef, and mountains into the Lodge. A feeling of relaxed sophistication flows throughout, attracting the discerning experiential traveler and guests seeking a civilized sub-tropical island escape. A short flight from Australia’s east coast transports visitors to a real ‘treasure island’, a paradise lost in time and perfectly preserved. Guests may take mountain walks, relax on white-sanded beaches and explore the riot of marine color in the world’s southern-most coral reef. Inspired by the carefree spirit of the authentic Australian beach house, suites feature lavish king beds, beach-chic furnishings, and generous decks. This is barefoot luxury at its best. Fine dining in the Lodge Restaurant showcases a bounty of local seafood and fresh regional produce. Guests unwind in the petite Capella Spa with its menu of signature treatments for complete relaxation.


Resting above the jewel-toned lagoon, Capella Lodge is the only Island accommodation that commands spectacular views of the ocean and awe-inspiring twin peaks, Mounts Gower and Lidgbird.

An intimate nine contemporary beach-house style suites complement the island’s pristine natural environment and provide a luxurious, serene refuge. Inspired by the carefree spirit of the authentic Australian beach house, this is a barefoot luxury at its best.

Stay in the open, single-level Capella Suite, featuring timber floors, beach house-inspired interiors, king or twin beds, and an expansive outdoor deck area with a sumptuous day bed.

The Lagoon Loft is a dual-level suite with a king bedroom upstairs, a private deck, and stunning views. The lower level offers a relaxed living area with daybeds and wide doors opening to an outdoor deck with a daybed.

The fun and funky mezzanine suite the Makambo Loft captures the laid-back seafaring spirit of Lord Howe Island with show-stopping views from the upper-level king bed sleeping area with private verandahs. Ground-level living features a striking lounge with daybeds and extended decks with a plunge spa for ultimate relaxation.

The superlative Lidgbird Pavilion is truly awe-inspiring and perfect for a special occasion. A generous upper-level bedroom area includes wrap-around verandahs to capture soul-stirring ocean and mountain views. Sumptuous ground level living features a banquette lounge and complimentary room bar and blends seamlessly with the private outdoor area. A plunge pool beckons, with extensive decks, luxe daybed, and outdoor bathing beneath the frangipani tree. Private dining options are available and the Capella electric buggy is reserved for exclusive use.

All suites feature king beds with superior cotton linens, a Bose music system, TV, DVD, telephone, and wireless internet. An in-suite bar offers locally-sourced epicurean treats. Beach towels, bathrobes, and backpacks are provided along with daily housekeeping and sensory evening turndown service.

Spacious, light-filled interiors feature lavish king beds, bespoke furnishings, and commissioned artworks that create a sense of relaxed, understated luxury. Refresh in chic basalt stone ensuite bathrooms. Generous private decks take in views of the ocean and mountains under the sway of Lord Howe’s endemic Kentia palm and welcome the outside in.

Capella has all the hallmarks of luxe beachside living, ensuring guests have the treasured opportunity to relax and experience island life with a dash of indulgence.


Capella revels in its reputation for fine dining, Lord Howe style. The Lodge Restaurant opens to spectacular views of the ocean, reef, and mountains, providing a dramatic backdrop for savoring fresh island cuisine. Inspired daily changing menus showcase a bounty of seafood, fresh from the surrounding pristine waters, locally sourced, often organic ingredients, and lodge-made specialties.

Capella Lodge dining is at once boldly simple and cleverly sophisticated, designed to bring out the best in superb island produce and fresh regional flavors. The convivial Capella Bar creates great cocktails, serves cool long drinks, and offers a concise yet balanced selection of boutique Australian wines. Gower’s Terrace is THE place to watch the sun sink over the South Pacific. The outdoor banquette and lounges offer the perfect vantage to meld ocean and horizon – with an appropriate drink in hand of course.


An abundance of rare birds, plants, and marine life combine to make Lord Howe Island a remarkable destination. With Capella as a luxe base camp, take to rainforest walking tracks and explore remote rocky coves alive with magnificent birdlife or valleys brimming with ancient plants. Climb to the summit of Mt Gower, rated as one of the world’s best day walks, or comb for shells on pristine white-sanded beaches. 

The clear, warm Lord Howe waters are ablaze with color. Soft and hard corals, sea turtles, and a riot of fish inhabit intriguing submarine cities sheltered within the reef. Kingfish, tuna, and marlin cruise beyond. Take nothing but fins and snorkel or glass-bottomed boat, or dive deeper to explore the underwater world.

Capella’s resident naturalist Caitlin Woods leads guests on discovery tours of the island’s many white-sanded beaches, through subtropical rainforests, and on the world’s southern-most coral reef which reveals its submarine treasures at low tide. Families can also join a range of marine tours on offer including kayaking, fishing, and snorkeling with green sea turtles.  

Take time to indulge, unwind, and revitalize in the petite Capella Spa. A menu of signature spa treatments is inspired by Australia’s aboriginal Dreamtime and uses the Li’tya spa care range to smooth and nourish.

Treatments are created to combine precious regenerating qualities of the Australian earth, sea & spirit with the wisdom and techniques of ancient Aboriginal medicines. Choose a treatment that meets the mood, from a refreshing ‘Capella Signature’ to the indulgent three-hour ‘Dreaming’. ‘Sacred Stone Therapy’ draws upon the radiant power of warmed basalt stones gathered from the Island’s windward beaches.

Complimentary at Capella you’ll find adult mountain bikes, lagoon kayaks, snorkeling equipment, backpacks, DVD, book, and game library.  An electric buggy is available for hire.


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).

A strict 14kg checked luggage limit per person applies on all Lord Howe Island flights.

Nearest Airport: Lord Howe Island LDH. General Air Charter available. Very limited capacity for private jets, small only (e.g. Citation CJ1 or 2) due to length of the runway. Refer to airport guidelines. Helicopters not recommended due to the remote island location.

  • Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  • Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Beach
  • Diving
  • Airport transportation
  • Spa
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Wifi
  • Hot bath
  • Pool with view
  • Outdoor pool
  • Bar / lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Laundry service
  • Bathrobes
  • Private balcony
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Oceanview
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Suites
Basic Details
Property Type : Lodge
Listing Type : Vacation Rental
Bedrooms : 9
Bathrooms : 9
Sleeps : 18

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