Warm friendly hosts, Peter and Di greeted us and escorted us to a lovely room with gorgeous views and very nice amenities. Turns out we were upgraded to the next level room.
We were 'treated' to a good (but not as gourmet as touted) dinner with wines that were poured freely.
Our host, Peter, casually let us know that he could guide us on our visit to the Otago Peninsula to see albatross and penguins. We took up the offer and we can't fault his knowledge and enthusiasm about the ecology and history of the area. The day was fun and Peter took parallel photos to our own and gave us a CD at the end of our visit.
Like the gentleman who found the charge for the wine 'took the shine off', we experienced much the same thing at the end of our stay. If money is no object for you, this is the place for you because it's lovely. Otherwise, be very clear about what everything costs upfront. We have stayed at many wonderful places in our travels but we've never paid so much for a two- night stay -- anywhere!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a small, modern, eco-friendly luxury lodge with panoramic views and 21 acres of forest and grounds. We are centrally located between the city & airport. Our suites feature large comfortable beds, double showers, spa baths, plus sundecks & an outdoor hydrotherapy spa pool. You'll experience warm NZ hospitality, fine cuisine & wines. We limit guest numbers to maximize personal service, and also provide personally guided, private eco-tours. Plus travel carbon offsets for our guests. ... more less