Capella Lodge

Protecting Paradise: Howe to Make a Difference

Lord Howe Island is renowned not only for its spectacular scenery but also as an important breeding ground for colonies of seabirds and marine life. The island’s rich biodiversity includes many endangered and critically endangered species not found anywhere else in the world. With over 75% protected as park reserve, Lord Howe’s pristine natural environment […]

Hiking Mount Gower

Ranked as one of the world’s best day hikes, the Mount Gower walk is renowned for being as tough as it is rewarding, taking in the incredible views of World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island and its pristine natural environment. Mount Gower stands 875 metres tall and offers game walkers breathtaking 360-degree vistas of crescent-shaped Lord […]

Ten Fun Facts About Lord Howe Island

Regarded as the world’s ‘last paradise’, Lord Howe Island lies 600km east of the Australian mainland. A World Heritage-listed ‘treasure island’ of extraordinary contrasts, it has long been recognised for its pristine natural environment characterised by volcanic peaks, lush forests, serene lagoons, coral reefs and prolific marine and bird life. Lord Howe Island and its […]

Indulge in the New Capella Spa

Nestled among Lord Howe Island’s gently swaying kentia palms, the Capella Spa is a private sanctuary offering a balm to the bustle of every-day life. As part of Capella’s 2018 makeover the spa was reimagined in a loft setting, looking towards the ocean. Linocuts, artworks and textiles with a distinctly Mambo-feel by artist Bruce Goold […]

In Profile: Capella Lodge Managers – Mark McKillop and Libby Grant

Anyone who has stayed at Capella knows lodge managers Libby Grant and Mark McKillop. Resident managers since the lodge opened as a Baillie Lodges property in 2003, Mark and Libby have welcomed every guest to Capella with their genuine, relaxed warmth. Guests might go out with Libby on her ‘tiki tour’ of Lord Howe, get […]

In Profile: Executive Chef – Cooper Dickson

Capella Executive Chef Cooper Dickson spends his time away from the kitchen on the hunt for food – either fishing the oceans surrounding the tiny island in the Tasman Sea for its abundant tuna and kingfish or roaming Lord Howe’s sheltered coves and hidden shores for the chance to forage for edible sea vegetables. A […]

In Bed With… Capella Lodge

Coral seen from the sky on arrival and the promise of perfect days on Lord Howe, so begins photographer and hotel reviewer Rhiannon Taylor’s stay at Capella Lodge. Checking out of the internet and any mobile phone coverage, Rhiannon quickly gets the off-grid luxury and relaxed, stylish vibe on offer at the lodge. A surprise […]

Bruce Goold Revisits Capella Lodge

Capella’s most recognisable design feature is the screen print of Lord Howe Island’s own Kentia palms designed by artist Bruce Goold and replicated in cool blues and soft greens, reflecting the tone of the island. Made famous by the popular ‘Mambo’ surf wear designs of the 1980’s, Bruce’s laid back island-themed works are transformed in […]

Mt Gower Challenge

Lord Howe Island resident Ollie Whistler has made local history and taken title of the Mount Gower Challenge, beating his father’s 18 year held record by just 47 seconds. The annual challenge draws crowds of islanders and visitors as onlookers, but the course itself is for the intrepid only, as it rises 600 metres above […]

I WISH | Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island

The Australian’s monthly WISH Magazine is full of things to add to your wish-list, and here in this month’s edition is … the magic Lord Howe Island. Capella features (naturally!) along with a host of things to enjoy whilst on the world’s most subtropical coral island… Read the full story here, and keep adding to […]