Condé Nast Traveler announces 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards


Baillie Lodges’ award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island has claimed best Australian Resort and third place in the Australasia and South Pacific region in the Conde Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, announced today.

Sister property luxury outback camp Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta was hot on the heels in second place in Australia and seventh in Australasia and South Pacific, delivering a double win for the Baillie Lodges’ collection of Australian luxury lodges. Southern Ocean Lodge ranked 98.81 from a possible 100, while Longitude 131° came in a very close second at 98.21.

More than 429,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, sharing their recent travel experiences of the world’s cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, and airports.

Baillie Lodges owner James Baillie said the recognition in the latest round of Readers’ Choice awards was especially significant as Southern Ocean Lodge celebrated a milestone tenth year of operations in 2018, with the addition of an exclusive guest lounge at Kangaroo Island Airport.

“Condé Nast Traveler is a very prestigious title and we’re proud its readers have chosen to show their support for the Baillie Lodges properties among the top hotels and resorts in Australasia and the South Pacific,

” Mr Baillie said. “We consider the awards a reflection of the outstanding guest experience delivered at each of the iconic properties and of the ongoing hard work and passion on the part of both teams.

” The Readers’ Choice winners will be celebrated in the November edition of Condé Nast Traveler and can be viewed here: Baillie Lodges is a collection of intimate luxury lodges in unique Australian destinations.

Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island launched the portfolio and continues to capture guests in its magic. Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s most extraordinary luxury lodge offering a premium nature-based escape.

Longitude 131° is a gathering of luxury tented pavilions overlooking fabled icon Uluru, delivering a journey to Australia’s spiritual heart. The Baillie Lodges properties are each honoured as founding members of Luxury Lodges of Australia.