5 luxury fishing lodges
For anglers with a taste for five-star service, these luxury fishing lodges offer the best of both worlds.
Rod Smith, Managing Director of CH Smith, shares 5 of his favourite luxury fishing lodges in Australia, the UK, the US and Canada.
Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Australia’s most northern island beach resort is uniquely located on the Great Barrier Reef. Set in over 1000 hectares of National Park and surrounded by 24 white powdered beaches and the clear blue ocean views, Lizard Island captivates travellers with a multitude of reef and water activities, including seasonal diving activities and snorkelling. For keen anglers, however, nothing beats a day fishing Black Marlin at the nearby Ribbon Reefs, a spot renowned for some of the best big game fishing in the world.
Newly rebuilt after Cyclones Ita and Nathan, Lizard Island has an extraordinary choice of 40 elegant, yet understated, private beach luxe suites and villas. Indulge in superb dining in the open and expansive main lodge area with finest of gourmet meals while absorbing the idyllic setting to take advantage of the views along the seascape. After a day on the water, relax and unwind with an indulgent spa treatment at the Essentia Day Spa.
Stretton Lakes, Rutland, UK
Few fishing lodges abound with as much English charm as Stretton Lakes, situated on 48.5 hectares of farmland. From the deer grazing in the wood to the carp swimming amid the islands of the six fishing lakes, this idyllic setting is made for relaxing with a rod in hand. The lakes here have been created over the past 40 years to offer an anglers delight.
Even the accommodation offers a taste of time gone by, with luxury round-log cabins built along the edge of an ancient woodland – although there is a touch of modernity in the free Wi-Fi and your private heated hot tub overlooking the lakes. It’s the perfect way to relax after a hard day’s fishing.
Scott Lake Lodge, border of the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan, Canada
Situated in the remote wilderness on a small island surrounded by 40,470 hectares of crystal-clear water, this is the quintessential Canadian fishing experience. Guests are supplied with high-quality complimentary equipment and, with excellent fishing for northern pike, lake trout and arctic grayling, you are guaranteed great action and trophy size.
Private, pine-panelled cabins offer mesmerising views of the lake, while the eco-friendly main lodge sits on the top of a hill with commanding views. Each individual cabin features heating, wood floors, modern baths and comfortable beds. After an exceptional day on the water, relax with a professional spa treatment, or relax in the sauna or hot tub.
Getaway Adventures Lodge, Port Mansfield, Texas
A fisherman’s dream come true, Getaway Adventures Lodge is situated in the world-renowned lower Laguna Madre bay system. With crystal-clear waters, many fishermen flock to this site for its distinctly South Texas fishing experience. The hyper-saline water has bred a unique estuary home to some of the finest speckled trout, red fish and flounder.
After a long, tiring day of wading and drifting through the lower Laguna Madre, relax with all the amenities of home. Lounge in the pool or watch the big-screen television before your evening meal.
Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island
Resting above an azure lagoon, Capella Lodge commands breathtaking views of the ocean and extraordinary twin peaks of Mounts Gower and Lidgbird. As a result of a volcanic eruption seven million years ago, Lord Howe Island is the most southerly coral reef in the world. Join the local boat trips for an exciting day of deep-sea fishing.
The lodge’s nine intimate, modern suites complement the island’s pristine natural surroundings and tranquil refuge. Spacious, light-filled interiors and custom furniture pieces create a simply elegant beach house ambience. All suites feature king beds with high-quality cotton linens with an in-suite bar offering locally sourced epicurean treats.
About the author:
As the former President of the Boating Industry Association, Rod’s passion for boating and fishing is utilised in his current role as Managing Director of CH Smith. Offering his masterful expertise, Rod ensures that customers leave with a love for the sea that parallels his own.