Overlooking the rippling, turquoise shores of one of Australia’s most remote islands, Swell Lodge is an eco-haven perfect for exploring this magical place. Two ecolodges built with a heavy conservation focus perch on the rocky cliffs of Christmas Island’s west coast. Fully solar powered, stocked with eco-friendly toiletries and built to leave no trace on the surrounding environment, the lodge seamlessly blends into the landscape.
Despite its stellar eco credentials, Swell Lodge never strays from anything but total luxury. Striking glass sculptures, elegant Italian-tiled bathrooms and large glass walls emanate sheer elegance, while inviting king-size beds look out onto a spacious deck where miles of sprawling azure ocean and colourful seabirds provide a captivating backdrop to your stay. A well-stocked pantry and limitless bar ensure you have all you could ask for, though the creations of your private chef - who crafts exquisite meals using locally foraged ingredients - are a real highlight. These can be enjoyed from the comfort of your balcony or across the island as part of a gourmet beach picnic in an unforgetteable setting.
No trip to Christmas Island is complete without delving into the plethora of wildlife and nature orientated activities available. With a knowledgeable local guide, explore sprawling wetlands, jungle waterfalls, boisterous blowholes and golden beaches where turtles go to nest. For wildlife lovers, endemic bird species such as the hawk-owl and emerald dove are certain to grab your attention, while enormous whale sharks, curious turtles and regal manta rays contribute to some of the best diving and snorkelling adventures in the world. The island’s headline act is its stunning migration of red crabs, which flock from the cliffs to the coast after the first spring rainfall each year and make for a once in a lifetime spectacle. (The lodge’s custom vehicle ensures crab-friendly driving across the island!)
THINGS TO DO AT THE LODGE:
Spot colourful birdlife such as the Christmas Island hawk-owl and emerald dove from the comfort of your balcony
Enjoy delicious three-course meals cooked by your private chef as you gaze onto relaxing ocean vistas
Relax with bountiful sundowners from the alluring limitless bar
Learn about the lodge’s remarkable conservation efforts
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Unwind on a tranquil beach surrounded by nesting sea turtles and tidal rock pools
Trek across the island in search of hidden jungle waterfalls and spectacular blowholes
Snorkel and dive in Christmas Island Marine Park, some of the world’s most marine-rich waters home to whale sharks, sea turtles and manta rays
Witness the spectacular red crab migration (seasonal)
Take a dip in the fresh waters of a limestone cave pool
Tuck into a delicious gourmet picnic on the beach, courtesy of your private chef
Christmas Island's annual crab migration takes place across a three-week period each year, after the first significant rainfall of spring. The exact timing is difficult to predict, with the migration beginning as early as October in some years, and in other years November or even December. Regardless of the time you choose to stay at Swell Lodge, you will be able to enjoy a rich and uninterrupted immersion into the enchanting flora and fauna of the Christmas Island National Park, which delivers an experience like no other.
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