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“A perfect setting for a 'Winter!' wedding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Beach House

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The Beach House
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Durham, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“A perfect setting for a 'Winter!' wedding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

Coming all the way from the North East of England in February of this year, I was just pleased to get away from the rain and snow! And how pleasantly suprised I was when we arrived at the Beach House. We traveled to NZ for my cousin's wedding and he had already shown me pictures of where the ceremony would take place.

I cannot fault the place in one way or another. The rooms were lovely, the food was outstanding and the staff were fantastic. I had to giggle when it came to light there was a slight accent barrier between the barstaff and myself. I asked for a Coke and was presented with a Cork? Clearly the geordie accent wasn't left in the departure gate!

Overall, the hotel was the perfect setting for my wonderful cousin's wedding. Once the pig is full of pennies again, I will definately be returning!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Andrew C, General Manager at The Beach House, responded to this review, 18 September 2014
Thank you for your wonderful comments...you were a wonderful group of guests. The accents did baffle us on the odd occasion, but added to the enjoyment of hosting you.
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

There are very few places I would openly promote to others but this is one of them. Our experience at The Beach House was nothing but exceptional. From being personally greeted at the wharf by the managers (and an unexpected appearance by dolphins), to a five star degustation adventure I won't soon forget, and tasteful rooms where you were lulled to sleep by the waves. A unique rejuvinating oasis, set in a lush unspoilt environment, and run by people who know how to spoil their guests. We'll be back!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Andrew C, General Manager at The Beach House, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Dear Liz,

Thank you for the kind words regarding The Beach House.
Your appreciation of the degustation dinner, service, and surroundings is very welcome.
We look forward to your return.

Kind regards,
Andrew & Sandra,
Lodge Managers.
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

This was an awesome Winter getaway and we can't wait to go back in Summer. Andrew and Sandra were great hosts, the food and service was outstanding. Its a great location to either unwind or to be active. We were even lucky enough to have some dolphins in the bay on arrival. I would highly recommend it to anyone and make sure you try the food.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Andrew C, General Manager at The Beach House, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Dear Ross,

We thought the dolphins in the be would be a nice touch....a special welcome.
Thank you for taking the time and sharing your comments.
It was an absolute pleasure to host you and look forward to your summer visit.

Kind regards,
Andrew & Sandra.
Lodge Managers
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

I spent a couple of nights at the Beach House for a family celebration. A luxurious lodge in a very beautiful location, with impeccable service and food to die for - a great relaxing mid-week getaway that I would absolutely recommend.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Andrew C, General Manager at The Beach House, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Dear Amy,

Thank you for taking the time to review The Beach House.
It was a pleasure to host your family for the 80th Birthday celebration.
We hope you will come to Kawau Island again soon.

Kind regards,
Andrew & Sandra.
Lodge Managers.
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Andrew and Sandra are great hosts with outstanding cuisine from the kitchen however the accommodation experience was disappointing. Fabulous setting so the potential to deliver on the promise of luxury remains but with the bathroom in need of repair, the finer details and quality amenities are missing at this point. It seems renovations are to follow. Although not Luxury Lodge prices, the cost seemed inflated given their current offering for a beachfront queen room. Great potential to be very special!

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Andrew C, General Manager at The Beach House, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Dear Margot,

Just to let you know our beach front rooms are being renovated as from Friday 13th June.
We would like to thank Richard and yourself for your constructive feedback on your experience at The Beach House. It was a pleasure to host you.

Kind regards,

Andrew & Sandra
Lodge Managers.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

We had a quick winter weekend away here in May and it was great. Very relaxed, informal and the food was fantastic. We had the place to ourselves and the hosts were perfectly available but discreet, leaving us to feel relaxed and enjoy the place.

I'd love to go back in summer as even in winter we had a beautiful golden beach and the water is crystal clear.

Dinner was a highlight, really very good. The sweet parsnip and vanilla sauce especially. This isnt 'resort food'. The family run team are genuine chefs. Highly recommended and a real foody treat.

The only criticism - no sky in the room when it said it was, but that's a minor - everything else was very good, very relaxed and these guys run a great place.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

We had enjoyed several amazing lunches at The Beach House before having the opportunity to stay there. When we stayed we were really spoilt both in food and hospitality by the wonderful hosts Andrew and Sandra. Would absolutely recommend, and have since made a booking for some close friends for a special birthday present. Max T

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Beach House
Address: 1 Vivian bay, Kawau Island 0920, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Kawau Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Kawau Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Beach House 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Beach House on Kawau Island is a unique slice of New Zealand paradise combining the best of the classic Kiwi Bach experience with some laid back luxury. Truly a place apart, positioned on the edge of the golden sands and serene waters of Vivian Bay, under the spreading branches of an ancient Pohutukawa, The Beach House is in perfect harmony with its stunning natural surroundings. ... more   less 
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