We held my son's wedding at Mangapapa Petit Hotel on 5 Januray 2012. The grounds made the ideal setting for an outdoor wedding. The wedding party and parents of the bride and groom were booked into the luxurious rooms - we had the venue to ourselves. The bride was able to prepare herself - hair, makeup etc- in the spa while the groomsmen left the site.
Guests arrived via the tree lined drive and mingled in the shade of mature trees while waiting the arrival of the bride. An aisle had been created with topiary trees in pots leading to an archway under a large tree. The tables were laid under another large tree on the opposite side. The place looked stunning.
The hotel staff were friendly and professional and carried out their duties unobstrusively and efficiently. They were truly tested when one of the wedding guests collapsed and had to be hospitalised. However they responded admirably ushering guests to another area of the grounds out of sight of the victim while he was being cared for. The incident was managed professionally and compassionately. Thanks to their efforts it did not detract too much from the occasion.
The food was outstanding and given the delay caused by the unfortunate incident above it arrived cooked to perfection. All guests commented at some time how great the food was.
The evening disappeared quickly - the young danced on while some of us older ones retreated in doors to the bar overlooking the venue. The rooms were luxurious and the welcome beds were very comfortable. A cooked breakfast the next day overlooking the wedding site capped off a fantastic event.
We would highly recommend Managapapa Petit Hotel as an ideal venue for a wedding, a place to escape the hum drum of life and treat to tranqulity, a place to stay where you are unobstusively pampered.
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- Luxury, seclusion, elegance and romance - four words which describe this stunning boutique hotel. Surrounded by landscaped gardens and orchards, Mangapapa Hotel offers the finest luxury accommodation in its magnificent suites. Together with the renowned restaurant, spa retreat, and facilities such as the pool and lawn tennis court, Mangapapa delivers Hawke's Bay's ultimate luxury experience. ... more less
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