KI Food Safari Host Mark Best Makes his Mark on the Elite Traveler Top 100 List

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Posted on 11th April 2014 by southernoceanlodge in Activities on Kangaroo Island | Eat & drink | KI Food Safari | awards

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As the countdown continues for the fourth KI Food Safari at Southern Ocean Lodge this August, esteemed Sydney restaurateur Mark Best who is this year’s joint-host with foodie favourite Maggie Beer has been named amongst the Top 100 in the Elite Traveler Top 100 List, released earlier this month.

The list of the world’s best restaurants, hotly anticipated by industry and diners alike, this year included five Australian restaurants, with Mark’s own restaurant Marque coming in at #35.

We’re looking forward to seeing more of Mark’s cuisine when he visits Southern Ocean Lodge for the KI Food Safari and a group of happy guests on August 2.

Here’s an excerpt from the story that appeared on news.com.au on April 4:

WE ALWAYS knew we were a deft hand in the kitchen.

Elite Traveler magazine has released its annual list of the top 100 restaurants in the world and five Aussie establishments have made the cut.

Three Sydney and two Melbourne restaurants were named in the hotly contested list, a credit to our burgeoning food scene.

The top spot went to Alinea in Chicago for the third year in a row.

Mark Best at his restaurant Marque in Surry Hills.

Mark Best at his restaurant Marque in Surry Hills. Source: News Limited

Sydney restaurant Marque in Surry Hills, run by Mark Best, took out top Aussie spot coming in at 35, followed by Melbourne chef Ben Shewry at Attica who debuted on the list for the first time at number 56. Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde was a close 58.

To read the story, please click here. To find our more about the KI Food Safari, please click here

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KI’s Islander Estate Makes its Mark on The Australian

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Posted on 21st March 2014 by southernoceanlodge in Eat & drink | Uncategorized

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Frenchman and celebrated winemaker Jacques Lurton first travelled to Kangaroo Island on his honeymoon in 1997 – he fell in love with the island (as well as his new bride!) and considered it an ideal place to to establish a vineyard.

It was an unlikely match, but he vowed to return, and three years later, he did.

A 300-hectare property located near Parndana in Kangaroo Island’s heartland came up for sale and ticked all Jacques’ prerequisites for the natural surrounds; north facing slopes, access to water, heritage vegetation.

In 2000, Jacques planted an 11-hectare vineyard with the varieties Jacques had enjoyed working with around the world – cabernet franc, malbec, sangiovese, shiraz, grenache, viognier and semillon.

Today, The Islander Estate proudly produces a range of premium wines – including blends and varietals – reflect the earthy qualities of the European grape varieties as well as the cool breeze that brings the rains from the Southern Ocean.

A Frenchman producing European-style wine on Australia’s third largest island is an intriguing story, and this unique blend features in The Australian’s WISH magazine – here’s an excerpt:

IT is difficult to find two more dissimilar places than the rural landscape of Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia and Bordeaux, France’s historic epicentre of fine wine.

One is a small, wealthy city, with picturesque buildings and esplanades, many created thanks to the humble grapevine. The other is an idyllic agricultural oasis where animals graze with million-dollar views overlooking the Southern Ocean. Yet the two are linked by the regular presence of Jacques Lurton.

The Lurton name is wine royalty in Bordeaux. The family roots stretch back more than 300 years with various well-regarded chateaus having passed through their hands. Growing up in the Lurton family gives an aspiring winemaker connections that money can’t buy and a ticket to work in every wine region around the world…

You can read the rest of the story here, and find out more about the Islander Estate straight from the source at www.iev.com.au

Cheers!

The Smith Hotel Awards | Your Chance to Vote

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Posted on 20th September 2013 by southernoceanlodge in Competitions | awards

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Mr & Mrs Smith has opened votes for its #smithawards for 2013, designed to recognise and  reward the world’s very best boutique hotel experiences.

Twelve categories are open for votes, including ‘Above and Beyond’, ‘Greatest Outdoors’ and ‘Best Spa Hotel’.

We think Southern Ocean Lodge fits many of these, so please do feel free to hop in and  nominate us for as many as you like!

Most of all, we’d like to give the big one a shot – the award for Mr & Mrs Smith Best Hotel 2013.

We’d love your help, of course. And when you click through to vote, you’ll see they’ve given you a little visual hint…!

Thank you! The team at Southern Ocean Lodge.

Wandermelon wanders to… Southern Ocean Lodge

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Posted on 29th July 2013 by southernoceanlodge in Baillie Lodges Blogs | Luxury Lodges of Australia | media

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If you’ve not yet heard of Wandermelon, it’s considered a go-to for travellers to discover inspiring video, photography, news and travel writing from a group of lucky, (hardworking!) travellers turned professional.

Kate Ayrton travelled to Kangaroo Island, to stay at Southern Ocean Lodge and find out more about the island’s history, its natural heritage, and the diverse list of things to do – from roaming the Remarkable Rocks to meeting marron at the island’s aqua-farm, before savouring Chef Tim Bourke’s signature dish back at the Lodge – an unforgettable journey in itself!

Here’s an excerpt from the post, with a link to read the whole story:

KANGAROO ISLAND: South Australia’s National Treasure

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Kate Ayrton discovers the culinary delights, pioneering spirit and natural wonders of KI.

Southern Ocean Lodge, KI The Southern Ocean Lodge at West End of KI

Spanning 4,400 square kilometers, Kangaroo Island (known as KI by the locals) is roughly the same size as Bali, minus all the people and traffic, and the third largest island off Australia. With a ratio of approximately 1 square kilometer per person, there is plenty of space for all walks of life. Half of the island is native bush, 33% is national park and there are over 20 vineyards, as well as an abundance of quintessentially Australian wildlife such as the brushtail possum, echidnas, goannas and of course, kangaroos! Coming in to land after a 30-minute flight from Adelaide, the island looks arid and dry with pockets of agricultural farmland and expansive bushland rimmed with rocky, coastal outcrops and rolling seas. Whirly winds or “willy willy’s,” named by the Aborigines, can be seen dancing across the land once known as ‘Karta’, meaning ‘Land of the Dead’. Quite the opposite, KI is brimming with life and fertile soil making it a bountiful destination for gourmands and nature-lovers alike.

For more, see: http://wandermelon.com/2013/07/25/kangaroo-island-south-australias-national-treasure/#ixzz2aTXQxPlZ

Latest Luxe | News from Baillie Lodges

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Posted on 30th June 2013 by southernoceanlodge in News

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Welcome to the June edition of Baillie Lodges’ luxessentials* – read all the latest news from Capella and Southern Ocean Lodge, as well as updates for the hottest property coming to town, Baillies Sydney…

To read luxessentials* in full, click on the image, or right here . Enjoy!

Blogger Vanessa Jackman Falls for Southern Ocean Lodge

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Posted on 11th June 2013 by southernoceanlodge in Kangaroo Island images | media

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Earlier in the year we welcomed Vanessa Jackman, an Australian lawyer turned freelance photographer, based in the UK to discover Kangaroo Island and Southern Ocean Lodge.  It’s been a happy transition, and to date, her photographs have appeared in British/American/Australian Vogue, Harpers Bazaar US, Marie Claire Australia to name a few…

She also writes an incredibly successful blog called Vanessa Hunter, with the tag ‘A blog about a girl, her Nikon and a great big love affair’.

Was it love at first sight? We think so. Below is an excerpt from her post, and just a tempter of the terrific photos she took during her stay.
Dive in and explore more at http://vanessajackman.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/weekend-lifesouthern-ocean-lodge.html

“There is perhaps no more effective cure for jetlag (nor a more fitting welcome home to Australia!) than a family of five large kangaroos bounding across the road in front of our 4WD.
With horror filled thoughts of bounding Skippy turning into squished Skippy and vague recollections of signing a rental car animal damage waiver at the airport, we white-knuckled to a stop and watched as the kangaroos hopped casually off into the bush.
Heart racing, the inner tour guide in me laughingly announced “Welcome to Kangaroo Island!”.
Situated 15km off the coast of South Australia, Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island (after Tasmania and Melville Island*), and the location of our destination: the spectacular Southern Ocean Lodge.
Our 90 minute drive from the ferry which connects the mainland to Kangaroo Island (flights also operate from Adelaide), was otherwise uneventful with no further roo encounters save for a few wallabies grazing by the side of the road.
Feeling rather pleased with ourselves – no damage to car, person or wildlife, tick! – we arrived at Southern Ocean Lodge and began four days of utter bliss.
Located on the remote south west coast of Kangaroo Island at Hanson’s Bay, the lodge is perched on limestone cliffs high above the pounding seas of the Southern Ocean surrounded by dense vegetation and native bush.
Impossible to see from the private entry road, it wasn’t until we stepped inside the dramatic rusted steel doors of the lodge that the full impact of the brilliant design, and the incredible beauty of the surroundings, becomes apparent…’

Southern Ocean Lodge Awarded Best Lodge by Gourmet Travellers

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Posted on 11th June 2013 by southernoceanlodge in awards

The annual Australian Gourmet Traveller Awards are amongst the world’s most prestigious accolades for Australian travel and tourism products. The 2013 Awards were announced in a gala presentation at one of Melbourne’s most exciting restaurants, Conservatory.

And, without further a-do, we are thrilled to announce the winner of the Best Lodge 2013 is, drumroll, Southern Ocean Lodge!

James and Hayley were present to accept the award – here it is below, along with a snapshot of the night’s event.

This year’s Best Lodge award was in recognition of  exceptional service, and couldn’t be more well deserved, we think!
Congratulations to the outstanding team at Southern Ocean Lodge, to all our generous industry supporters and  to our loyal guests, past and future!

To read more and discover the other esteemed category winners, visit

http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/events/travel-awards/2013/5/2013-travel-awards-readers’-choice/best-resort-or-lodge/

Shadows of the Chef | New KI Food Blog

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Posted on 29th May 2013 by southernoceanlodge in Eat & drink | media

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There’s a terrific new entrant in the blogosphere, and we’re excited to report it’s all about the lives and loves of the growing number of artisan food producers on Kangaroo Island.

It’s the island’s the fine food producers on that sets it firmly on the must-visit destinations for keen foodie travellers.

Called ‘Shadows of the Chef’ , the first post profiles David and Lorraine Huxtable, who grow a range of fine, fresh lettuces on their farm under the fitting name, KI Fresh.

Guests at Southern Ocean Lodge are amongst the lucky to taste KI Fresh salads, as it’s a daily inclusion on Tim Bourke’s Lodge menus.

Speaking of Tim Bourke, the author of this cool blog is our own Sarah Feehan, who fronts up the Front Desk at the Lodge, and is partner to Tim.

Tim and his team make a point of getting to know the KI prodcuers personally, and visit the farms around the island often, to find out what’s new, what’s in season and on offer.

Sarah’s next major post will be about Dan Pattingale, who produces Kangaroo Island Olive Oil & Sticky Figs on a beautiful property in the island’s north.

Sarah and Tim  took a trip out to his property near Stokes Bay and returned loaded with wild olive oil, fresh & sticky figs, pumpkins and a couple of his smoked snook.

Look out for more, and subscribe to keep up with the latest foodie adventures on Kangaroo Island!

KI FEASTival – Lodge chefs dish it up in Tourism Kangaroo Island’s Signature Dish Competition

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Posted on 6th May 2013 by southernoceanlodge in Activities on Kangaroo Island | Competitions | Eat & drink | media

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This year’s Tourism Kangaroo Island Signature Dish competition winner plans to “live it up” for two days at Southern Ocean Lodge as part of his prize, even though he works there as a chef.

Adrian Walker started at Southern Ocean Lodge as an apprentice chef nearly five years ago.

He won the competition at the KI FEASTival Tasting Kangaroo Island at the Wharf event on Sunday with a dish of Southrock Lamb belly, using KI lentils, potatoes and a range of wild herbs and spices.

The competition was judged by chefs Maggie Beer, Andrew Fielke and Manuella Darling-Gansser who awarded it to Mr Walker, 26, “by a whisker” from his fellow Southern Ocean Lodge chef Louis Lark.

Mr Walker was working at SOL yesterday and said he intended to take his prize. “All my family has stayed in-house but I haven’t so I’m going to live it up for a couple of days.”

Next week Mr Walker will find out if he is a national finalist in the Australian Young Chef of the Year, for which he had to design a winter menu and write 1000 words.

Judge Maggie Beer said it was noteworthy that contestants had only a barbecue and a single gas ring to prepare their dishes. “That adds another dimension to the competition,” she said.

Mr Lark prepared a seafood bouillabaisse and the third contestant Bridgette Bruce, of Mercure KI Lodge, produced a Tranche d’Agneau Pascal, based on Southrock Lamb.

The recipes contained a significant amount of local produce ranging from island seafood, lamb, sheep milk cheeses and yoghurt, olive oil, local spirits, wine and strawberry balsamic vinegar to an impressive selection of local herbs and vegetables including KI capers, potatoes, wild rosemary, wild fennel seeds, KI garlic and local lettuce.

First prize also includes exposure for the chef in Sumptuous magazine and a $500 activity voucher from KI Outdoor Action.

Tourism Kangaroo Island chairman Pierre Gregor said TKI was delighted to host and sponsor the Signature Dish competition during the last two years and looks forward to annual winners competing against each other in the ultimate cook-off in 2016.

Details of the winning recipe will be posted at www.tourkangarooisland.com.au – stay tuned!

My recent stay at Southern Ocean Lodge by Ian Swain

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Posted on 15th April 2013 by southernoceanlodge in media

We all flew from Sydney and easily made the connection to REX Airlines for the short hop to Kangaroo Island, home to Southern Ocean Lodge. Once we landed, there stood Craig Wickham of Exceptional Kangaroo Island, the best tour operator in Australia and a great friend! I have known Craig for over 25 years and consider him a real mate!

Craig took us straight on tour, and off to the Remarkables Rocks, a huge formation of granite right on the southern end of the island. We all enjoyed seeing the kids (of course they are all in their 20’s) attempt to climb the rocks to the top, some making it, and some not! I remember the first time I went there, I did the same, but I didn’t try that this time. I doubted that my agility kept up with my age!

The Remarkables

The Remarkables

The Remarkables

We then hopped onto our private bus and headed to Admiral’s Arch and watched the hundreds of fur seals frolicking in the waves and resting along the base of this once, standing cave. It was truly incredible watching the wave’s crash along ancient rocks. Most of the seals were napping, but a few were playfully hopping around and splashing in the wave breaks.

Admirals Arch

Seals at Admiral's Arch

Admirals Arch Seals

After filling our memory cards with photos, we drove to Southern Ocean Lodge. This was Linda’s and the kids’ first time there – so I was excited to see their reactions. I was not disappointed. Immediately they stared in awe looking out through the Great Room’s glass walls to the Kangaroo Island coastline ahead and below. Imagine walking through a luxurious entrance way only to be greeted by a view of crashing waves over a dramatic cliff line. The next few minutes were spent looking out through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Great Room staring in disbelief as to our view for the next few days. After a glass of champagne, some light snacks and a quick chat with Alison and John (the lodge managers), we were escorted to our suites.

SOL Exterior

Southern Ocean Lodge

The Great Room-SOL

The suites are all superb, with some of us in Flinders Suites (their lead-in, but hardly a lead-in room, they are beautiful), some in Ocean Retreat and Linda and me in their top suite, the Osprey Suite, at the end of the hallway. We all met in our suite for a family photo and sunset cocktails before heading to a delightful dinner in the dining room to end a great day.

Osprey

Views from the Heli

After the heli-flight, we headed back to the Lodge and had the afternoon to enjoy the property. The kids took off on the cliff walk tour and I walked down to the beach at Hansen Bay, and was the only one there – delightful. The beach was majestic. I truly felt as if I was on an untouched part of the world. The bright blue water crashing over the reef and rock provided a stunning backdrop to what was one of the more perfect beach walks of my life.

Peering out over the cliffs

Linda and Ian

The meals throughout our stay at the Lodge were a gourmet delight with appropriate Australian wines to complement each course. The family all agreed after our three days there, that Southern Ocean Lodge is well deserved of its Travel & Leisure Reader’s Choice awards as the top hotel in Australia and the third best in the world.

Cheers,

Ian