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Westhaven Luxury Lodge
Ranked #3 of 6 Collingwood B&B and Inns
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“The most wonderful , enchanting place,hosted by such a warmhearted family during our entire journey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2013

It was one of the best places we stayed during our entire journey on the North and South Island!
Though it's quite a long drive to come to the retreat, it's absolutely worth it.
The rooms a superb and spacious with a fantastic view. I have never had such a huge indoor pool , though we stayed in a lot of luxury hotels worldwide . The food is excellent European .
Our kids(11 &15) loved the place!
We hiked together , swam at a private beach , went flounder spearing at night. Our son caught his first Snapper! So much to do in such a wonderful, relaxing atmosphere.
Thanks to our hosts Monika, Bruno, Monika2 and Thomas, they really made our stay so special !
Our only regret was not to have stayed longer then three nights ...!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2012

It is not necessary to repeat the compliments that have already been expressed but we would like to endorse these. It is a credit to the family who have worked so hard to create such a superb place and to appreciate it properly it is necessary to stay at least two nights. We booked a suite which we felt was worth the extra paid. Don't wait for a special occasion, go and enjoy now!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Motueka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2012

We were able to take the wonderful opportunity to share this magnificent piece of paradise with the wonderful hosts that make this retreat so welcoming. They share their beautiful retreat that oozes there craftmanship and expertise,(lovely big rooms with a fantastic comfortable bed and spabath) although not quite finished it still has the fantastic views, and you can feel how the retreat will be when completely finished. The charm and relaxing atmosphere that makes this retreat so special,is a must see, if you like the outdoors and beautiful beaches and walking, this retreat has all this at your finger tips. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and especially the way Monica (both of them) and Bruno and family made our stay so special, Ive just had some canvas's done that reflect the experiences we had and have captured our moment,.magnificent. Thoroughly recommend it, relax and enjoy what this wonderful family have to offer, We thank them for this lovely experience, what a way to spend our 25th wedding anniversary!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 !!

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Westhaven Luxury Lodge

Property: Westhaven Luxury Lodge
Address: 336 Te Hapu Road, Collingwood 7073, New Zealand (Formerly Westhaven Retreat Lodge)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Collingwood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Collingwood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Westhaven Luxury Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax and revive on an extraordinary beautiful coastal peninsular in luxury and style. The pure natural beauty and variety of scenery will leave you astounded. The Lodge itself is described as an architectural delight was hand built by its owners. All rooms perfectly appointed to enjoy the endless panoramic views over the Bay. The Lodge offers all facilities for your relaxation, from hydrotherapy spa, infrared sauna, 24 meter swimming indoor pool, massage and beauty treatments. To keep our guest entertained we have a big selection of outdoor activities. Hiking trails, Kayaking tours, Quad bike tours, Scenic helicopter Flights, Boat fishing charters, Maori flax weaving workshops and llama craft workshops. There is something here for everyone. From tidal bores, to dramatic cliffs, huge sea caves, offshore rocks and secluded beaches, Westhaven shows the best of New Zealand nature and wildlife. With the Westhaven Family as your hosts we offer intimate warm hospitality with our delicious cuisine. All your senses will be nurtured at Westhaven Retreat, ensuring that you will have a truly memorable stay with us. ... more   less 
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