Baillie Lodges is an intimate portfolio of luxury lodges setting new benchmarks for premium experiential travel in Australian style. Set in exclusive locations of unique natural or cultural significance, the boutique properties appeal to the discerning global traveller seeking a remarkable experience. Baillie Lodges was founded in 2003 by life and business partners James and Hayley Baillie, who together bring a wealth of high-end tourism experience to this dynamic venture. In 2019 Baillie Lodges entered into a joint venture with an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners, heralding an exciting new chapter in Baillie Lodges’ quest to deliver a collection of extraordinary luxury lodges.
Baillie Lodges is a dynamic portfolio of luxury lodges created by the partnership of James and Hayley Baillie, setting new benchmarks for premium experiential travel. The duo created Baillie Lodges in 2003, inspired by a shared love for travel and drawing on a complementary set of experiences in the higher-end tourism industry. The couple are united in their drive to explore the globe, a taste for world-class local dining, and an appreciation of contemporary architecture and stylish interior design.
Essentially, James and Hayley set out to create standout luxury lodges in extraordinary destinations, where an opportunity existed to offer guests a genuine experience of place through connections to the landscape and wildlife, to regional food and wine producers and to the community and its local culture. James and Hayley consider themselves fortunate to have created a working lifestyle doing what they love. They work well together with four active sons they hope to be able to show them what the world has to offer.
The Baillie Lodges experience embraces the luxury of travel. A stay with Baillie Lodges is about connection with the landscape, its culture and wildlife, a celebration of superb regional cuisine and luxurious lodgings. It offers a genuine sense of place, a union of sights, scents and tastes that immerses guests in their surrounds. Guest itineraries are tailor-made, creating a personal, lasting connection with the destination. A stay with Baillie Lodges offers time to reconnect with the people and places that matter most.
Sense of place
A stay with Baillie Lodges offers guests a genuine connection with the destination, its landscape, wildlife and community. Each lodge is designed as a wholly sensory experience, a union of sights, scents and tastes that immerses guests in their surrounds. In this way, guests feel the essence and spirit of the destination, experienced from a luxurious basecamp.
Ever sensitive to the precious landscapes in which the Baillie Lodges properties balance, Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island, Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and Longitude 131° at Uluru are each an architectural attraction in their own right and combine as a celebration of Australian design.
A commitment to commissioning local designers and using locally-sourced, sustainable materials creates a unique feeling of a ‘sense of place’. Together the lodges carry a ‘Baillie’ feel of organic luxury with a local destination focus. Each luxury lodge is designed to allow the outside in, affording guests a seamless experience of the destination.
One of the essential elements of all of the Baillie Lodges properties is that each lodge is located in an incredible natural landscape. Baillie Lodges’ management boasts an impressive track record of operating lodges in remote locations, often included in World Heritage-listed areas or bordering national and marine parks. The Baillie Lodges environmental commitment is best expressed by the lodge’s interaction with its local natural and cultural surroundings. Baillie Lodges takes a proactive approach to the sustainable management of each property, using cutting edge technology and working with local National Parks
and natural sanctuaries to ensure the initiatives are both innovative and in line with the region’s broader conservation activity. These sustainable practices not only enhance the guests’ experience, but are fundamental to the ongoing appeal of the destination and to the sustainability of Baillie Lodges’ operations in experiential tourism. A dynamic environmental management plan at each property features continually evolving technologies and serves to fundamentally steer lodge operations, ensuring a minimal impact on the environment and an ongoing positive focus on the natural surrounds. Discover more.
Baillie Lodges actively seeks engagement with the communities in which each lodge is set, ranging from establishing supplier relationships with food and beverage producers, local artists and furnishings designers to supporting school education initiatives, community events and work experience programs. At Southern Ocean Lodge the Executive Chefs have long pursued supplier relations with local and regional food, wine and spirits producers as part of the Baillie Lodges Culinary Philosophy, including the sustainably produced barramundi and herbs from the
Parndana Community College’s student aquaculture program. At Longitude 131°, the team works with several regional Aboriginal Art Centres, particularly Ernabella in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands to supply artworks, woven birds and baskets, wooden carvings and traditional spears and more. In turn, Longitude 131° sponsors a ceramist teacher and ongoing education for the community, and has set up quarterly artists-in-residence programs at the lodge, allowing a rare cultural exchange between guests and the Aboriginal artists.
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Lodges of Australia
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Luxury Lodges of Australia is a collection of 19 independent luxury lodges and camps offering unforgettable experiences in some of Australia’s most inspiring and extraordinary locations.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Capella Lodge, Longitude 131° and Silky Oaks Lodge are honoured as members of the association.Visit website | Download brochure