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Westhaven Luxury Lodge
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Reviewed 20 October 2012

Westhaven really is a retreat from the outside World. We visited on a special rate for a well overdue honeymoon before the Lodge is completed but it made no difference to how special it was. What a beautiful and relaxing environment run by a wonderful family team of Bruno, Monika x 2, and family are what make this place so special. The surrounding beaches which are walking distance, Nikau Palm walks and atmosphere, help to make this a 'surreal' place.

The Suite room where we stayed was softly luxurious, tastefully decorated with a beautiful bathroom with spa bath looking out to the view. The pool and spa area (although yet to be finished soon) is unbelivable and will be totally unique. We cant wait to return when this is completed.

The meals served by Monika x 2 and Teresa - were just delicious and the gathering round the table at dinner time to chat was lively and informative - to the point where we just wanted to hear more of Bruno's tales from the past. The strong European influence in the meals served were perfect and the afternoon cake and coffee was just something else special that added to the relaxing time we had.

Dont miss out on Monika's pastries if you are lucky enough to have that on the menu that night - just to die for !! and a relaxing massage at the end of the day with Dominic before evening drinks is also a must to put you in the mood for the evening !!

Stunning !! We would definitely recommend this place, and yes, its off the beaten track up a gravel road where you really do need a 4 wheel drive, but its a beautiful drive and well worth it when you get there.

We will be back !!

Room Tip: The rooms are all beautiful, but if you love big bath tubs and spa baths WITH spectacular view, then recommend the Suite.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank TedandBear
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

This most beautiful place exceeded our expectations. We set off for our weekend of bliss from Nelson first thing on Friday morning, stopping off in Takaka, then Collingwood for lunch ( and to check out if there was much whitebait running !) then continued cruising on over the enjoyable drive to Westhaven Retreat. We were greeted on our arrival by first the friendly dogs, and one of the lovely Monika's, who showed us to our room, and filling us in with some of our options of walks etc. Our room was exactly as described with breath taking views, we were very impressed.
We made the most of getting out, doing some of the walks, and generally just lapping up the stunning scenery. We even managed to get a few paua at low tide.
The service from all is second to none, we were made to feel extremely welcome by everyone, with nothing at all being a problem, the food was excellent for all of the meals we had.
Our one and only disappointment was ..... Leaving! We were lucky to have had 2 nights here, but we did not want to leave, and will be coming back again for sure
We highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a special time with a special person

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank SharoynDave
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

Spa and pool not working and unfortunately we weren't made aware of this when we booked. Rooms were nicely decorated and bed very comfortable, but they desperately need a small fridge so that guests can at least have a drink in their room, as well as avoiding the long life milk pottles. This place is a work in progress with a lot to complete, so don't expect top notch, which the prices are.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank krisnz
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Reviewed 2 August 2012

Nestled in a remote part of Golden Bay (on the west coast) the lodge is extremely private and peaceful. The hosts are warm, friendly and the level of service is outstanding. The lodge is luxuriously appointed and our suite was romatic and beautiful. We had a wonderful stay and would highly reccommend it to others. When we stayed the impressive swimming pool was being built and it will be a beautiful addition to an already stunning lodge.

Room Tip: We had a suite in the wing past the swimming pool and it was very private and quiet.... perfect for us.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sonya F
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

Having traveled extensively around NZ over the years, we are often on the look out for something different and off the beaten track. As soon as we passed through Collingwood and hit the dirt road which skirts around the beautiful and remote Whanganui Inlet, we knew we'd stumbled across something special.
We were greeted at the lodge by mother and daughter Monika and Monika. This is a beautiful building...designed and constructed to the highest standards. Although we stayed during the 'soft opening', it was easy to see how spectacular the lodge will be when fully completed, especially the pool area. The room we stayed in had amazing views out over the inlet. Monkika was happy to show us the other rooms (we were the only guests at the time) and they were all equally as lovely.
As vegetarians, we were well looked after and enjoyed the lovely home cooking with some really unusual (in a good way!) dishes. We thoroughly enjoyed chatting to the family about their interesting life experiences over a glass of wine long into the evening.
The walks from the lodge through the working farm and out through native bush to the coast were both relaxing and beautiful - the coastal scenery is magnificent. Even though we visited during the middle of the NZ winter, we still enjoyed a lovely picnic in the sunshine on one of our days. On another day, the wind whipped up the sea and made this equally as special a walk.
This is a lovely family run business and deserves to be supported. If you are looking for some relaxation and time out from the usual tourist spots, literally at the end of the road, as well as staying in one of the nicest buildings you are likely to see, then Westhaven is the place to be.

Room Tip: They are all lovely with spectacular views across the inlet. The rooms without spa baths have balconies, so all good in their own way.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank TranmereNewZealand
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