At Baillie Lodges, we often interview staff for the blog to provide a behind-the-scenes insight into each lodge. For the first time we have chosen to interview a guest for a personal account of a stay at Baillie Lodges.

A great friend of Baillie Lodges, Bronwyn regularly travels to Southern Ocean Lodge with her husband Neil, family or friends and occasionally on a solo retreat. We interviewed Bronwyn to find out what keeps her coming back, her most cherished memories at the lodges and her personal recommendations.

1. Bronwyn, you’ve stayed at Southern Ocean Lodge, several times over the past decade. Do you remember your first stay, and what you most loved about it?

It’s very easy to recall my first time at Southern Ocean Lodge. Neil and I were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and searched for somewhere special to go. We arrived on Kangaroo Island in an eight-seater light aircraft, so the adventure started when we arrived at the private departure terminal at Adelaide Airport. The drive to Southern Ocean Lodge was full of excitement and anticipation, it had been open for less than a year and we had already heard so much about it. We were not disappointed! Neil and I were impressed by the spectacular coastal location, the understated luxury and comfort across the lodge, the sensational food and wine, the exclusive private touring, and the caring, personalised service.

Earlier this year we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at Southern Ocean Lodge and noted that lots has positively changed. The lodge is so expertly maintained that it hasn’t appeared to age but only improve with purpose. The exclusive lounge at the new Kingscote Airport is a fine addition. However, the professionalism and thoughtful kindness of the entire team at the lodge hasn’t changed… I’m sure we will be celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary there next year!