This was our second visit to Kaimata Retreat and we are already planning for a third visit! It is simply incredible. Kaimata was our first stop in a month-long visit to New Zealand and we arrived tired after a day-long delay when we missed our connection in San Francisco. As soon as we stepped on the deck of Kaimata, all the worries and cares and stresses of travel completely disappeared. Rachel warmly hugged and greeted us and we caught up on life since we had seen her and Kyle on our last visit several years prior. We then relaxed on the deck with a glass of wine while soaking in the absolutely stunning views over Papanui Inlet.
Dinner that night involved a warm fire roaring, classical music softly playing in the background, fantastic New Zealand wine, amazing amazing food beautifully presented, and great conversation with the chef, Dani. We wound the evening up by soaking in the hot tub down by the water where you could see a blanket of stars above.
We stayed three nights at Kaimata and had an adventure each and every day including kayaking where two seals followed my kayak for about 20 minutes and an incredible wildlife tour to see yellow eyed penguins, albatross, and dozens of seal pups - all closer that you could imagine. We also did some great hikes and beach walks where we would be within yards of sea lions and seals and usually have the trail or beach to ourselves. We also spent a fantastic afternoon with Kyle and some fellow guests boating over to Victory Beach and hiking. On the way to and from the beach we saw huge sea lions swimming and playing by our boat, as well as groups of seals watching us from the rocks.
Kyle and Rachel go above and beyond to make your stay incredibly memorable. Sitting and talking with them while viewing the incredible Papanui Inlet was one of the highlights of our trip - and of the whole year. Between the hospitality of Rachel and Kyle, amazing food from chefs Dani and Pedro, the breathtaking views, up close wildlife, and great lodge - you will not want to leave! We can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From Winter 2015, Kaimata Retreat will offer private luxury rental villa accommodation on the Otago Peninsula. The retreat offers 3 rooms with ensuites, open plan living/dining with fully equipped kitchen and is available for exclusive-use self contained for 1 -6 guests. This is self contained, there are no food services available on site. This is an optimal location for travellers, groups of friends and getaways to enjoy the natural settings of the Otago Peninsula. ... more less
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