I had the opportunity to visit the Southern Ocean Lodge on a business trip not too long ago. It was a wonderful experience. My principal business was in Sydney, so to visit the Lodge I flew SYD-ADL on QF, spent the night in ADL and flew ADL-KGC (Kingscote) on ZL (Rex Air) the next morning. The hotel was built in the later part of the last decade and is perched on an isolated cliff on Kangaroo Island overlooking the Southern Ocean. The hotel design is not complex – it is comprised of a large great room, about 25 junior and deluxe suites all along a single corridor (including several with private plunge pools) and an outdoor terrace off of the great room with a small shared plunge pool. There is also a stand-alone spa building with a small number of treatment rooms. All accommodations have direct ocean views, as do the great room, dining area and terrace. Upon entry to the hotel, you know you are in someplace special – the front doors open directly into their large sitting room (called the great room), and beyond that to the terrace and small plunge pool. The far (southern) wall of the great room is all glass and the views of the cliffs and ocean beyond are nothing short of expansive. When I made my booking, my initial reaction was that the prices were a little (ok, more than a little) high. The hotel told me “everything” was included with the rate; but I didn’t fully register what that meant when I was told this. I decided the location looked spectacular enough and I’d forget about the price. It turns out, the hotel is all-inclusive. The room rate included private airport transfers on the island, wine and liquor, all meals, as well as any organized excursions that you wanted to participate in. Read my full report here.