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Sacred Waters Taupo Luxury Apartments
Ranked #10 of 69 Hotels in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland,NZ
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“OK, Not Wowed”
Reviewed 29 January 2014

Maybe I expected too much due to the reviews I read.
First of all, we were not given the apartment we booked and the booking website was blamed for it. We were all adults and booked a larger apartment but was allocated with one that had fewer rooms. The place looked full and perhaps they gave it to a larger group.
Very spacious common/living areas but the bedrooms were not big. Looks flash but a lot of the fittings & furnishing I would not attribute to a 5 star accommodation hotel/apartment. There was only one inverter for the whole apartment with 3 bedrooms. A few of us felt the stiflling heat and did not sleep well.
The shower in one of the bathrooms was over a bath and no matter how we tried, water kept dripping onto the floor. Amenities provided were not generous and we could have been given more towels especially when there was a problem with the drip from the bath everytime we showered.
Can't say I would go back there unless my friends insist.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

We booked a four bedroom apartment but were told we were to be given a three bedroom one - there had been a WOTIF problem.
We we told about this and had our rate reduced WITHOUT even asking.

Extremely yet still genuinely friendly staff. Helped carry our bags down to apartment 6. I unloaded them up the top by reception accidentally!
Everything was clearly explained to us about the pool and apartment.

Lovely well appointed apartment. When it was built they would have been quite unique. It's the newer amenities like soft-close toilet seats and heat pumps in almost every room that we are spoilt with now! But it is still a nice apartment.
A couple of older members in the party weren't so comfortable getting up out of a couch only a foot of the floor but coped.
Beautiful view of the lake - unimpeded picturesque beauty of a Taupo summer sunset over the lake.

Generous enough check out time - 11am. We went out for breakfast (place called SALUTE) and then went back to check out.

We had a lovely time in a great setting! Thanks so much for the efforts of the staff especially.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

Renee and Liz along with their staff made our stay at Sacred Waters fantastic. Nothing was a problem in the top notch service they provided. They were incredibaly accomodating in all their interactions and apartment was prefect for our needs. The family apartment offers easy access to the swimming pool for the kids and a courtyard for relaxing and for the kids ot run around. There is a hot tub but our kids were too busy in the swimming pool to use the tub. Thank you Liz and Renee...we will be back!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

The warm welcome from Liz and Renee on checking in set the scene for a great 2 night stay. The apartment was contemporary, spacious, light and well equipped for the needs of a young family. The girls (6) could stand on the bottom at the shallow end of the pool - meant I could relax! The apartments are well positioned, all tourist attractions are a short drive away. We had a lake view apartment - magical sitting on the balcony watching the sun go down with a glass of wine. We will be back.

Room Tip: Apartment 15 had a superb view of the lake and no traffic noise.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2014

On Trip Advisor recommendation we booked a three night stay. It the comments box I said we were over from the UK celebrating a milestone Birthday. We were given a free upgrade to a three bed appartment . So kind. Hot tub on first floor lakefront veranda was a dream! High quality rental, well appointed kitchen. Great lap pool . Want to return now!

Room Tip: Lake views worth the extra.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 January 2014 via mobile

Stayed here early January (6 and 7) and was extremely impressed. Renee and Liz were very good hosts as were helpful and knowledgeable and we were lucky enough to be upgraded to 3 bedroom Lakefront room. Kids loved pool area and we all had a good time in Taupo with plenty to see and do. We even walked into township, which took about 40 minutes to get there but easy walk and what a view over that wonderful lake on a clear day! Would I stay again? Absolutely but longer next time. Basini/O'Riley family.

Stayed January 2014
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Queensland, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2014

Stayed at Sacred Waters as part of a multi stop North Island holiday but I could easily have settled in for a week. These apartments are so new, super clean and very comfortable. Renee was really helpful with suggesting a restaurant and also with local attractions. The free WiFi was also really appreciated by our kids.

Beautiful apartments and highly recommended although a little way out of town so you would need a car. And the driveway to the car park is scary!

Room Tip: Pay the extra for a lakeside room and if you don't have kids, avoid the rooms beside the pool.
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Property: Sacred Waters Taupo Luxury Apartments
Address: 221 - 225 Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Taupo
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Taupo
#4 Family Hotel in Taupo
#7 Luxury Hotel in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Sacred Waters Taupo Luxury Apartments 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New, smart, precious. Sacred Waters is guaranteed waterfront magic on the edge of a crystal clear lake. At Sacred Waters your dream of luxury accommodation at the absolute water's edge can become a reality. From the magnificent 180 degree views to the exquisite internal water features, Sacred Waters will impress you with its attention to detail. Its reputation for uncompromising quality is unrivaled. Come and join us tonight. ... more   less 
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