Pinetrees Lodge, Lord Howe Island
The oldest, and arguably the best, resort on Lord Howe Island is Pinetrees Lodge. This family-run inn, operated continuously by the same folks, has been open since 1848. After six generations on the island, this lodge has refined the concept of relaxation as an art form. Its personalised service, comfortable accommodation and pampering spa make it one of the most popular places to stay on Lord Howe Island.
Pinetrees Lodge's waterfront location, right on Lagoon Beach, means guests get to enjoy ocean views, water sports, a sandy beach and a fun seaside bar. The sunsets here are superb, and the Boatshed bar is the ideal spot to sip a cold beverage as the sky does its daily colour dance. It’s actually a working boatshed with various water craft parked by day and a scenic deck showcasing the entire western coast of the island.
Pinetrees Lodge is one of Lord Howe Island's original homesteads, a fact which is evident in its century-old lounge where guests come to hang out by the fire in winter and kick back on the couches to read or chat. The games room is another hot spot for socialising the way travellers did in the old days before the rise of television and computers.
By day, the tennis court provides a place to get some exercise if you prefer a day away from the water or the mountains. The lodge can arrange any kind of excursion to top off your day, including snorkelling trips, hikes up one of the neighbouring volcanic hills or a picnic on the sand.
To ensure everyone is as relaxed as they should be, the Pinetrees Day Spa offers facials, massage therapy and other health treatments.
Accommodation at Pinetrees Lodge ranges from comfy en-suite rooms like the Palm Unit and the Transit Hill Unit to spacious four-bedroom cottages ideal for a large family. In between is a choice of smaller cottages clustered around a tropical garden. Whichever unit you prefer, they are all comfortably furnished with just enough modern conveniences to keep the experience authentically rugged.