We stayed at the Wai Ora Lakeside Spa in December, so it was fairly warm, but it rained a lot – it was really nice to be able to jump into the hot springs while the rain was falling overhead. The atmosphere was relaxed and quiet, although it was quite busy. We stayed in the Deluxe Studio, it was comfortable and clean, and it was nice to have the private outdoor area. The room service was nice, though a little slow to arrive. It was great to have internet access in the room, and there were little luxuries like a robe each, which I liked. The day spa was glorious, quite expensive, but worth it for the full holiday experience. I tried the White Volcanic Stone massage, it was awesome! We drove in and parked, but you can get airport transfers as well, I think. We looked at ordering the gourmet picnic basket, but the weather wasn’t fine enough for a picnic in the end. The food was great, a bit expensive, but about what you’d expect from the quality of the hotel. It was nice to get the chance to try some native New Zealand flavours. My partner is gluten-intolerant and we were able to request gluten free food for him which was great. Overall, great hotel, nice staff, comfy and clean, expensive but worth it for a luxury getaway, lots of nice extras, try to go when it’s a bit quieter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua in quiet parklike surroundings only 3 mins from Rotorua Airport,and 10 mins to the famous geothermal attractions of Rotorua. This award winning resort hotel features luxurious accommodation with private balconies or courtyards with views to the lake; New Zealand's award winning fine dining Mokoia Restaurant specialising in indigenous herbs and spices which creates amazing taste sensations including a daily full vegetarian menu; superb personal service; relaxing Manary English lounge bar and the internationally acclaimed Wai Ora Day Spa featuring the World Luxury Spa Award winning "New Zealand Cultural Spa "regime based on the geothermal muds of Rotorua and wellness practices of the Maori. Rotorua's only World Luxury Spa Award winner. Enjoy the tranquility of the landscaped gardens and serene sounds of the meandering spring feed stream as you enjoy the hot and cold pools, steam room and sauna that make up the Wai Ora Spa Water Experience. The ideal Rotorua relaxation, spa, food taste sensations destination and accommodation base for all other Rotorua activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wai Ora Lakeside Hotel
- Wai Ora Lakeside Resort