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“The most wonderful place to stay”
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Heartsong Retreat
Reviewed 20 March 2013

Heartsong Retreat is, without a doubt, a wonderful place to stay.

Trisha, her husband and their very friendly dog are the most fantastic hosts. Their hospitality started even before we had arrived when we were asked to confirm our arrival time so they could be ready. We had also arrived at a quiet time, so were able to choose which room we would prefer. That was a rather had decision – it was a toss-up between a beautifully positioned, self-contained cabin that had stunning views of the sea or a more modern room, nestled amongst the bush with a huge double-shower that had a full window which made you feel like you were showering amongst the pohutakawa trees. We chose the latter. It was a treat to be able to sit outside and enjoy the natural beauty that New Zealand has to offer. This included the song of a few resident Tui’s .

The room was very clean and tidy, and Trisha provided everything we needed. Each morning, we’d be treated to her homemade museli and yoghurt, both of which are divine! We preferred to eat inside the main house; it was great to chat about what we’d done the day before and what else there was to do on the Island.

Their boatshed is only a very short walk away and well worth a visit. The outlook is beautiful and it is unbelievably quiet. We took a picnic down one night, and just watched the sun set. And if it gets cold, you can always warm up in the heated spa pool.

Heartsong is a really enjoyable place to stay and I hope to go back there again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

I spent my surprise 30th weekend at Heartsong in Waiheke and it could not have been better. Beautiful room, beautiful surroundings, extremely welcoming hosts and a perfect retreat from Auckland. We went in October so the weather was hit or miss but the hosts at Heartsong, and the neighboring wineries and restaurants meant that none of that mattered.
I started my 30th with a fantastic home cooked breakfast, a swim in the on site hot pool and a hot stone massage - not bad!
100% recommend. It was very hard to leave!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lottie1980
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

We were given a long weekend away at Heartsong on Waiheke Island recently and it was absolutely wonderful! We stayed in the Cabana which was separate from the main house with a gorgeous view across the bay and a delicious breakfast was included. The main house (where breakfast is served) also has stunning views and the beautiful garden of native trees and palms leads down to the spa pool and a lovely little beach. Above the water sits the boat-shed where you can sit and take in the views, watch the sunsets or just relax and read a book. Trisha was a very congenial hostess and made sure we had everything we needed. Heartsong is a very beautiful and tranquil haven away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and we would highly recommend it. We would love to return someday.

Room Tip: All rooms look gorgeous and have views but the Cabana and the Cottage are separate from the main hou...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

We spent a night at Heartsong while visiting Waihiki Island and wish we could have stayed longer. it is a private oasis of calm and beauty where guests are made to feel like special friends. We strolled on the beach, enjoyed a nature walk in the forest coming back to beautiful accommodations and a wonderful home made breakfast enjoyed on the deck with spectacular sea views. Trisha could not have been a more wonderful host. we will definitely return to Heartsong on our next trip to NZ !
J/R Toronto

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank julie l
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

A beautiful relaxing time enhanced by a lovely setting, enchanting cottage and thoughtful hosts. Loved the breakfast. A great place to spend our anniversary and provide a base to explore the attractions of Waiheke.

Stayed: February 2013
Thank PMandPJ
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Reviewed 12 February 2013

Wonderful place, hosts, location, attention to detail and scenery. After a lot of looking for somewhere to stay this Heartsong really stood out and certainly did not disappoint! It is a bit far from the 'main' town but this is easily accessed by bus or even more so by car. Caught the bust from a few metres down the road to a local vineyard and was well impressed, bus driver really helpful and friendly.

Room Tip: Certainly recommend the Cottage!
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

Would stay here again and again and again....
My wife and I stayed there for our wedding night, it was the cherry on top of a wonderful weekend....
With old world charm and new world promises, thank you so much to the owners for having us and looking after us...

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Thank Skollie5
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Additional Information about Heartsong Retreat

Address: 8 Omiha Road | Rocky Bay, Auckland, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Waiheke Island
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Waiheke Island
Hotel Class:4 star — Heartsong Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A stunning property with private beach access, Heartsong Retreat is the ideal place to relax and rejuvenate. Walk down the private path to the beach and a heritage boatshed is the perfect place to relax and read or watch the sunset. Guests have free access to the dinghy and kayaks. Accommodation options include a gorgeous cottage set in private gardens,a self-contained Cabana/studio and the comfortable Kereru and Nikau rooms with private external access. A generous and delicious continental breakfast is provided. ... more   less 
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