An island paradise where good food, untouched wilderness and gorgeous getaways collide, Kangaroo Island is a dreamy destination that comes steeped in charm. Gather the girls or duck away for a romantic rendezvous because this island knows how to indulge. And all in a setting that feels worlds away from the every day. From architectural gems to eco-lodges that are single-handedly redefining luxe, here’s our swoon-worthy edit of the best accommodation on Kangaroo Island.
On the shores of Emu Bay sits two homes that have been converted into luxe getaways. On the crest of a protected sand dune, the aptly named Dune House is a circular shape and has breathtaking views from every room of the beach, which you have direct access to from the timber and stone deck. Hamilton House, on the other hand, has a real 60s beach house feel and is only 100-metres to the jetty, boat ramp and pristine beaches. Splash out and request in-house massages and in-home dining experience.
From $1,200 per night (Dune House) & from $800 per night (Hamilton House)
Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island
Looking out across Snelling Beach’s stunning coastline and rolling hills, Sheoaks ranks highly on our round-up of the best accommodation on Kangaroo Island. Not only for the views (which are seriously impressive) but for its perfect blend of a bush and seaside escape. Sitting snug on the hill, Sheoaks is a rammed earth house and cleverly configures from a self-contained studio bedroom to a house that accommodates up to seven guests. Complete with a wood-fired heater, elevated day bed and luxe furnishings.
From $580 per night
North Coast Road, Middle River
Hands down, this is one of the most unique (and coolest) Kangaroo Island accommodation. Here, you can wake up to stunning sunrises before hitting the hiking or mountain bike trails that run along the coastline. There are two self-contained heritage-listed cottages – Seymour Cottage and Thomas Cottage – so gather your friends because they both have five-bedrooms that accommodate up to nine guests. With wildlife at your doorstep and awe-inspiring views to marvel at day and night, you need to book well in advance to nab one of these beauties.
From $236 per night
Cape Willoughby Conservation Park
Surrounded by 150 acres of natural wilderness in the middle of Kangaroo Island, this is a country retreat that seems worlds away from it all. Three bespoke luxury accommodation on Kangaroo Island – two Ecopia Villas and The Residence – all designed as an eco-luxe immersive stay. The two rammed earth villas have a contemporary open plan interior, natural timbers and a logwood fireplace, while the three-bedroom residence has a sustainable design with luxurious beauty.
From $950 for two nights (Ecopia Villas), and $800 for two nights (The Residence)
563B Gregors Road, Seddon
Surrounded by the stunning coastline of Snelling Beach, Topdeck is a dreamy island getaway - the perfect blend of barefoot luxe and coastal retreat. Here, you'll spend your days gushing over the incredible views of Middle River, the ocean and rolling green hills. And although this alone is enough to make Topdeck one of our must-book accommodation on Kangaroo Island, it's the four-bedroom house that really does the trick. Achingly stylish, Topdeck has all the mod-cons that you could ever want in a sustainable getaway. Our advice? Spend sunny days lounging on the expansive deck, and for those chilly nights, the cast-iron Cheminees Philippe fireplace is the place to be.
From $500 per night
North Coast Road, Snelling Beach
When looking for the best accommodation on Kangaroo Valley, relaxation comes high up on the agenda. Pair that with stunning vistas and this adults-only eco getaway and you've got yourself the golden trifecta. In a bushland setting, with direct access to a private beach, each villa is a gorgeous spot to while away a few days doing very little but relaxing oceanside. There are four different types of accommodation to choose from, ranging from intimate villas to a three-bedroom lodge. Still, our pick is the Deluxe Spa Eco Villa, because seriously, who could turn down a heated jacuzzi that looks out over the beach and bushland?
From $535 per night
2575 Willoughby Road, Penneshaw
Looking to splash out on luxe accommodation on Kangaroo Island? Well then, this is it. Set on a 500-acre coastal property atop Redbanks cliffs, overlooking Nepean Bay, is Oceanview Eco Villas. This all-inclusive experience, not only includes luxe villas (we’ll get back to that in a second) but three-course gourmet dinner in the privacy of your villa and cooked breakfast daily, all made from local farm-fresh produce. The villas are completely off-grid, yet have all the trimmings of a luxe getaway, including an OEV Sky Window in the bedroom, designed for you to watch the sky at night. Oh, and did we mention the complimentary minibar?
From $850 per person, per night (three or more guests)
31 Point Morrison Road, Nepean Bay
Seemingly worlds away from it all, this contemporary beach house is a true standout on any edit of the best accommodation on Kangaroo Island. Poised on the sand dunes of Brown Beach with uninterrupted views of the ocean and surrounding bushland, this is one luxe getaway you and your friends will want to indulge in. With five double king-sized bedrooms and views at every turn, plus an expansive deck with a private outdoor bath tucked away in bushland, there won’t be any arguments for who gets what room. Your stay also comes with a three-course dinner prepared by your in-house chef, plus full breakfast is provided. Bliss!
Priced on enquiry
205 Mad Mile Track, Brown Beach
This seaside beauty is one that the architecture and design buffs will marvel at. From the moment you push the oversized cooper door open, you know you are stepping into one of the most stylish Kangaroo Island accommodations. Every detail has been thought of, from the open plan living to the sunken outdoor entertaining area to the four bedrooms that sit away from the main part of the house. And from its hillside position with private bushland all around, the views are awe-inspiring, every which way you look.
From $750 per night
Copperstone, Kangaroo Island
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