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Joya Garden & Villa Studios
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

Possibly the best B&B we've stayed in. Anywhere. Joya is within a stones throw of everything you should see and do in Nelson, yet nestled in private, tranquil and beautiful gardens that overlook the city.

Paulina is the most delightful, thoughtful and attentive host, without being intrusive, and has helpful hints on what to see and do should you need them. Her breakfasts are feasts of fruit, homemade muesli and omelette and the ginger tea adds a certain zing to the occasion.

We stayed in the Villa Room and the accommodation was both immaculate and relaxing thanks to the private balcony and hammock. Just add a bottle of your favourite wine.

Will definitely return next time we're in the area.

Nathan, Rosa and the girls

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

This lovely B&B is unique and enhanced our experience when staying in the Nelson area. The focus is sustainability and harmony with the surroundings. We fell asleep to the sound of running water from the pond outside, and the naturally wholesome breakfast energized us for our day of exploring. Pauline (owner) gave us recommendations for dinner and a unique place to stop for a taste of local beers (in a yurt), as well as a farmer's market the next morning.

Room Tip: We chose a room in the main house as we wanted the option of breakfast, but on arrival, Pauline upgraded us to the separate coach house. She included the breakfast, and we were very pleased with the breakfast as well as the room.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jamie W
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

Stayed in garden studio for 3 nights with husband and son. Lovely, clean, spacious, well equipped studio set in a private part of the gardens with lovely sound of running water. Joe adored the hammock! Paulina was wonderfully welcoming and would do breakfast at a time to suit. We happily walked into Nelson though we were kindly offered a lift down. We visited the WOW museum, Hogland glass and the Jester cafe on recommendation from Paulina and were thrilled with all three which made a more restful day after the previous days excursions in the stunning Abel Tasman NP. Would so recommend staying at Joya....a little gem!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Jane W
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Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

Stylish and homely, my short stay at Joya has been comfortable and inspiring. Paulina was most accommodating and helpful in providing useful information around the town.

The variety of modern room amenities provide convenience and comfort. The garden villa is very spacious and well-maintained.

Strategically located (just a few minutes walk) from the city center, Joya is definitely the place to stay if you are in Nelson!

Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

My daughter and I stayed in the Villa Studio for six nights then a month later for eight nights. We were actually there to take part in the Tomatis Listening Prgramme which Paulina managed to fit in and around us getting a good look around Nelson and its surrounds. Nothing was ever a problem and Paulina went out of her way to make sure we were very comfortable. We quickly adapted to life at the Joya Centre and it always felt good after being out to be back 'home' again. Such was the feeling it gave us with its quiet location, garden outlook, shady porch and natural surroundings. I would not hesitate to reommend the Joya Centre to anyone wanting some peace and quiet and a bit of spoiling. Regardless of which room you stay in you will find it hard to find another host as hospitable as Paulina. Thank you!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Gail T
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