December 19, 2018
Baillie Lodges Joins Forces with KSL Capital Partners
December 19, 2018 - Baillie Lodges, the leading luxury lodge owner and operator in Australia, announced today that an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (KSL) has made a substantial investment in the company, heralding a promising new chapter in Baillie Lodges’ quest to deliver Australia’s finest collection of luxury lodges.
Founders James and Hayley Baillie will lead the new venture and continue to guide the Baillie Lodges’ vision and commitment to delivering wild, experiential luxury.
Building on the sustained success of the Baillie Lodges brand, operations expertise and distribution network, the company is pursuing acquisitions of select luxury lodges to join the Baillie Lodges stable. In addition, the Baillies will continue the development of Remarkable Lodge in Tasmania.
Any additions to the portfolio will be carefully selected to ensure they meet Baillie Lodges well-established hallmarks of irreplaceable natural locations with access to signature Australian experiences, contemporary Australian architecture and design, relaxed ‘barefoot’ luxury and generous all-inclusive tariffs.
Marking the 15th anniversary of Baillie Lodges, this investment provides myriad new opportunities for Baillie Lodges’ dedicated team, loyal guests and valued trade partners.
Baillie Lodges was founded in 2003 by James and Hayley Baillie, who together bring a wealth of high-end tourism experience to the company. Built on the foundations of continual reinvestment in their lodges, an unparalleled level of attention to detail, a commitment to sustainability and a proudly Australian ethos, the Baillies have built a family business that is now recognised as one of the best in its field.
Capella Lodge on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island was the company’s first property, followed by multi award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, which opened in 2008. Longitude 131° overlooking dual World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park joined the portfolio in 2013.
“We recognize the significant long-term potential of the Australian luxury travel industry and are excited to work with James and Hayley to expand to new iconic locations. The Baillie Lodges team has set a high bar for Australian luxury travel with truly exceptional properties and five-star management expertise,” said John Ege, a Partner at KSL.
“KSL demonstrates a unique passion for travel and leisure. The investment in Baillie Lodges will allow us to bring our version of wild, experiential luxury to more of Australia’s most remarkable destinations,” said James Baillie, Founder and CEO Baillie Lodges.
Baillie Lodges was advised by JLL and Withers Australia. KSL was advised by Ashurst Australia.
About Baillie Lodges
Baillie Lodges is an intimate portfolio of luxury lodges setting new benchmarks for premium experiential travel in Australian style. Set in exclusive locations of unique natural or cultural significance, the boutique properties appeal to the discerning global traveller seeking a remarkable experience. Baillie Lodges was founded in 2003 by life and business partners James and Hayley Baillie, who together bring a wealth of high-end tourism experience to this dynamic venture. For more information, please visit www.baillielodges.com.au
About KSL Capital Partners
KSL Capital Partners, LLC is a private equity firm specialising in travel and leisure enterprises in five primary sectors: hospitality, recreation, clubs, real estate and travel services. KSL has offices in Denver, Colorado; Stamford, Connecticut; and London. Since 2005, KSL has raised approximately $11 billion of capital across both debt and equity funds. KSL's current portfolio includes some of the premier properties in travel and leisure. For more information, please visit www.kslcapital.com.