Luxury experiential lodge operator Baillie Lodges has outlined a plan to significantly expand its network of premium and remote accommodations following a major investment by private equity firm KSL Capital Partners.
An affiliate of the firm has confirmed the purchase of a major stake in the company to help it identify opportunities to develop new and unique luxury lodge and travel experiences. The new venture will continue to be operated by company founders James and Hayley Baillie.
The stake purchase involved JLL and Withers Australia advising Baillie Lodges, while KSL Capital Partners was advised by Ashurst Australia.
With the extra capital at their disposal, Baillie Lodges will be able to grow its network both in Australia and in new markets overseas. KSI Capital Partners said the company was open to the idea of expanding the Baillie Lodges vision to other parts of the world.
Hallmarks of the Baillie Lodges brand will be rigorously maintained with any potential additions to the network. The company says these hallmarks include luxury accommodation in highly remote and natural locations which offer access to unique Australian experiences while upholding a commitment to sustainability.
The company began with the acquisition of Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island in 2003. This was joined in 2008 by Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and then Longitude 131° in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park five years later. Development continues on the group’s latest addition, Remarkable Lodge in Tasmania.
KSL Capital Partner John Ege said the company recognised the long-term potential of Baillie Lodges and that it was excited to explore opportunities to expand to new locations.
“The Baillie Lodges team has set a high bar for Australian luxury travel with truly exceptional properties and five-star management expertise.”