My partner and I stayed at The Boatshed from the 20th to the 26th of December. We were greeted with a local cheese platter and a glass of wine and a beautiful view of Oneroa. Avoiding the usual check in nonsense, we were immediately relaxed, and greeted by the wonderful staff and hosts. We stayed in the new bungalow, which was on the opposite side of the main building. We enjoyed the privacy this offered, as well as the stunning room and views. Every detail of the room was clearly well thought out, from the selection of books, to the wine and the gorgeous living nature skin and hair care products. My favourite items, were the bathrobes - which were nice, big, cotton robes that you could just wrap all the way around yourself and curl up into when lazing on the super soft sofa, the very nifty ironing board that lives in a drawer, tidied away in the dressing room, and the enormous floral display in the reception of our bungalow. The beautiful smell of the Lillies welcomed us any time we passed by.
More important than physical luxuries of the The Boatshed were the people. Jonathan, Andrew, Peter, Victoria and Vassila were warm, friendly and funny. Jonathan made our stay so relaxing, ensuring we had whatever we needed. Andrew was bordering on psychic, producing a local wine or cocktail just when we needed a drink. Peter welcomed us at breakfast everyday, and makes a stunning Eggs Benedict. Vassila, was always friendly and chatty, asking if she could help organise activities and Victoria always welcomed us with a smile. They really made our stay memorable.
We were also very lucky to have spent Christmas Day here, and it will be a day I never forget. From the breakfast to the stunning Christmas dinner, the whole day was a gastronomical dream. By this point it didnt surprise us, as the food at The Boatshed was the best we experienced on Waiheke. We did try Cable Bay and Mudbrick wineries for meals, and they were also good, but we felt The Boatshed provided a far better experience all round - better food, better selection of drinks, wonderful service and attention, and we only had to totter off around the corner when we were done.
We hired a car and drove from auckland airport, via the sealink ferry to Oneroa - not a difficult journey. We felt this allowed us to see more of the Island, however we enjoyed The Boatshed so much we spent much of our time relaxing there, reading, enjoying wine, getting a massage and admiring the view. There is not a bad view on the Island, and I would recommend The Boatshed to anyone looking to visit this part of the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Boatshed is a small luxury hotel on Wiaheke Island - sitting above the beach of Oneroa with extensive views out over the bay. Best described as "barefoot luxury", this seaside hotel and the island its on are a perfect reflection of the modern New Zealand holiday - with a high level of design detail, beaches, vineyards, galleries, and stunning coastal walkways make this little place the perfect tonic for those wanting to get away from it all. We look forward to seeing you soon... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Boatshed Hotel Waiheke Island
- Boatshed Waiheke Island
- Boatshed Hotel Waiheke Island