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“Should be on your list of places to stay before you die!”
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The Masters Lodge
Ranked #14 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Napier
Anaheim, CA
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“Should be on your list of places to stay before you die!”
Reviewed 31 December 2009

We choose the Lodge as the place we were going to get married after coming across it on the internet. We were excited and looking forward to our stay but we had no idea of the experience we were going to have. The Lodge is gorgeous and the decore is amazing but the heart of the Lodge is Joan and Larry. Their warmth , hospitality and attention to detail is incredible. Reservations were made for dinner just incase we wanted them, directions were waiting when you left, no detail was left unattended. Our wedding was just the two of us and Joan and Larry made it romantic, intimate warm and perfect. We had the Winemakers dinner that evening and it is one of the culinary and wine experiences of our lives. If you have the opportunity it is not to be missed. The day we had to leave Joan and Larry was sad and we are looking for to going back to celebrate an anniversary. Thank you Joan and Larry for an incredible experience!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2008

We arrived to find this magnificently restored 1800's B&B with a view that could have only been arranged in the stars. The interiors were beautifully done in authentic art deco style. All that was great but what made me take the time to write this review were the hosts and our being spoiled for 2 days.
There's always beautiful accomodations and views but Joan and Larry go out of there way to make you feel at home but better. There is nothing they won't attempt to do for you to make your stay more comfortable and stress free.
We decided not to drive to Auckland and Larry got right on the phone and arranged our air. They gave us great recommendations both locally and at future destinations in our trip.
The breakfasts they prepared for us were really terrific but you have got to do the "dinner at the lodge." They brought in a private chef for us that prepared the most incredible meal. We have dined around the world and this was a memorable meal in a gorgeous private dining room. Can not say any more than if you are in this area it's the only place to stay!

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  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2006

We stayed here for two nights.

First, Napier. The town is full of stunning Art Deco buildings and a walking tour is well worth a couple of hours (and an easy walk from the Masters' Lodge). Cape Kidnappers and its Gannet colony are a lot of fun. The golf course at Kidnappers is very scenic, very expensive and very, very difficult. Unless you are a low handicap player, take lots of extra balls (or take the time in the early holes to find other peoples' lost balls).

As for the lodge- it is wonderful. The building has been lovingly and meticulously restored and the art deco material is complemented by the owners' tasteful art collection. The rooms are large and very comfortable. The meals are wonderful- we ate there in the evenings as well as at breakfast. All the meals (and wines) were of an excellent standard. There is also guest access to the well equipped local gym.

Larry and Joan are wonderful hosts. They made excellent suggestions and looked after our reservations for golf and gannets. They also plied us with drinks, cakes and nibbles just when we wanted them. We'd find it difficult to believe there is better lodging in the area.

  • Stayed January 2006
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Reviewed 11 November 2004

My husband and I toured both the North and South islands of New Zealand on our honeymoon in May. We stayed at many nice places, including Matakauri Lodge, Riverrun, etc. But our favoite stay was at the Master's Lodge. Joan is possibly the warmest host I've ever encountered. We instantly felt at ease when we were greeted with beer, wine, and delicious snacks. Breakfast the next morning was amazing. Joan introduced us to local New Zealand fuits, the best yogurt I've ever had, eggs, toast, coffee, cheese...... It was awesome! Oh, they also have a really cool guest book.

  • Stayed April 2004
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Auckland, NZ
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Reviewed 4 August 2004

This is one of the best hotels in New Zealand. Situated on Napier hill, looking out towards Cape Kidnappers and the Pacific Ocean.

Napier is located on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island. In 1931 Napier experienced a large earthquake which destroyed most of the city. As a result, Napier was rebuilt in the architectural style of the era - art deco. The city is a great place to stay, with gorgeous sunny weather, great wineries and food, with many grower's markets held selling produce, preserves, olive oil, chocolates, organic meats and the like.

The Master's Lodge is run by Joan and Larry Blume, New York professionals who on a visit decided to stay for good. They have taken over Baron Husheer's house, with elegant stained glass windows, and moved their collection of art nouveau and deco furniture to complement the house.

The service and hospitality are as good as it gets. They are more than happy to make any arrangements to the requirements of their guests, including visits to wineries and meeting one of Hawkes Bay's top wine makers.

It isn't cheap by New Zealand standards, but worth every penny if you want the best.

  • Stayed May 2004
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Property: The Masters Lodge
Address: 10 Elizabeth Road, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Napier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Masters Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Masters Lodge is a small luxury lodge positioned atop Bluff Hill in the Art Deco City of Napier with spectacular views over the South Pacific Ocean, Cape Kidnappers, the City of Napier and the Marine Parade. The Lodge has only 2 Guest Suites each with en-suite bath. Each suite overlooks the ocean. The beach, shops, restaurants, museums and central business district are all within a 10 minute walk of the lodge. ... more   less 
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