In 2002, James and Hayley Baillie made a trip to Kangaroo Island with their young son Finn. They’d been told about a stretch of land along the island’s remote south coast that was for sale which might have been a suitable location to build a luxury wilderness lodge. Capella Lodge on Lord Howe was the first lodge in the couple’s newly formed Baillie Lodges portfolio. They fell in love with the wild beauty of the island, its endless horizons and abundant wildlife. They developed a vision for a new high-end accommodation experience overlooking the vast Southern Ocean at Hanson Bay.

After purchasing the 100-hectares of land, James tracked down Adelaide-based architect Max Pritchard after reading about his work in a design magazine. James and Hayley liked the environmentally considerate nature of his work and were equally interested to discover Max was originally from Kangaroo Island. It seemed to be a perfect fit. Together with Max, they set out to create an iconic nature-based lodge, a luxury base for an experience of the destination.