The family business behind Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island has confirmed plans for a new luxury wilderness retreat on Tasmania’s rugged south-east coast. Baillie Lodges has said Remarkable Lodge on the picturesque Tasman Peninsula should be completed by 2020.
The resort is around 75 minutes’ drive from Hobart and close to the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur historic site.
The $20 million Remarkable Lodge will be the fourth property in the Baillie Lodges group of Australian luxury lodges. The others are: Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island, Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta. Remarkable Lodge will rest on its own spectacular headland, offering sea views extending to Tasman Island and Cape Pillar, home to the Southern Hemisphere’s highest vertical sea cliffs, as well as waterfalls, fascinating rock formations, archways and deep-sea caves.
The 43-hectare privately-owned property adjoins the Tasman National Park, promising a diverse range of adventures for guests. The Park is home to an abundance of wildlife including hundreds of seals, migrating whales, dolphins and seabirds. Each of the 20 suites will deliver views of the Tasman Sea and wilderness while the Great Room will be the hub of guest activity, and include a guest-only restaurant and bar, open fire and expansive terrace. Below is a bunker-style retreat with dedicated spa and indoor-outdoor swimming pool. A program of signature experiences will be developed, including a visit by water to the Port Arthur historic site, wilderness walks and a raft of marine adventures.
Owner James Baillie said the philosophy behind the Baillie Lodges guest experience was to create a real sense of place in each of the destinations in which they operated.
“After many years in the planning, Hayley and I are very excited to be adding the remarkable Tasman Peninsula to our collection of unique wilderness destinations around Australia,” he said.
“We see a fabulous opportunity to harness Tasmania’s already thriving food and beverage offering including fine wines, island beers, small-batch whiskies and gins, as well as fabulous produce including cheeses, oysters, seafood and beef.
“We believe Remarkable Lodge will provide a welcome boost to the local and regional economies. Not only will it create new, sustainable tourism jobs directly related to the lodge, but support industries including local tour operators, food and beverage producers, building suppliers and tradesmen, interior designers and local artists are also set to benefit."