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39 eco tourism Southern Ocean Lodge was Tatler's 2009 hotel of the year. Daintree Eco Lodge is internationally renowned for its Wellness Spa. ❝ It's often called both the 'Galapagos of Australia' and a 'zoo without fences'. ❞ wisdom from traditional indigenous medicines and healing knowledge. During the spa's signature 'bu er y' treatment you will be drizzled in oil and local sea salt for a full body massage and exfoliation, then covered in ochres from the rainforest. "Aboriginal massage techniques are used at the spa. It leaves you with this feeling of absolute clarity," says owner Terry Maloney. Before the spa, enjoy a tour of the rainforest guided by a member of the local Kuku Yalanji people. e tour includes a visit to a private waterfall, which is said to hold mysterious powers and has been visited by Aboriginal women for thousands of years. "You can't get that experience anywhere else on the planet," Maloney says. ECO CREDENTIALS e 15 villas at the lodge are all eco-friendly and stocked with local products. e lodge won 10 international awards in 2009, including the world's leading eco lodge award at the 2009 World Travel Awards. Scientists are also impressed, having discovered rare species on the property including fungi that grow from 99 percent pure air. www.daintree-ecolodge.com.au ECO CREDENTIALS e design of the lodge is eco-friendly, including solar power and water heating as well as a sophisticated compost and waste management system. e lodge also practices sustainable food principles, using ingredients from local organic farmers. www.southernoceanlodge.com.au DAINTREE ECO LODGE QUEENSLAND LOCATION Located just 90 minutes from Cairns, this boutique retreat is nestled in rainforest over 100 million years old. Daintree Eco Lodge is famed for its fresh air and natural spring water supply, which has been proven as the purest in the region. e unique property is home to rare and endangered species of birds, wildlife and plants. WHY GO? Go to the Daintree Eco Lodge for its internationally renowned Wellness Spa. Local Aboriginal elders have approved the spa's unique Daintree Essentials products, which were developed using e 21 exclusive suites are situated on the cli tops of remote Hanson Bay on the island's south, giving visitors an uninterrupted view of the wild Southern Ocean. WHY GO? Some visitors are drawn to Southern Ocean Lodge for its pristine and isolated location, while others are a racted by the deluxe accommodation and world-class cuisine. e room rate includes meals of fresh seafood and unique local produce, while the architect-designed suites are complete with lavish king beds, outdoor terraces, and glass-walled bathrooms with spas. Sandblasted limestone oors and recycled spo ed gum feature walls, decorated with artworks commissioned from Kangaroo Island artists, add an exclusively local touch. e lodge was named hotel of the year in the 2009 Ta t l e r Travel Awards. SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE LOCAT I ON Southern Ocean Lodge is perched along the windswept coast of South Australia's Kangaroo Island. e island is located about 120 kilometres o the Australian coast and has 4400 square kilometres of largely untouched scenery, home to an abundance of native wildlife. "It's o en called both Australia's Galapagos and a 'zoo without fences'. It's a thrill for everyone to witness the sudden appearance of a koala with her joey snuggled into the crook of a gum tree," says James Baillie, who owns the property with partner Hayley.