Having spend a whirlwind week in New Zealand on a work trip staying in many different luxury properties, I arrived at 970 not quite sure what to expect. Immediately on arrival (despite surprising poor Loring by being early!) I was welcomed as if I was a long lost friend.
The Lodge is stunningly designed, understated, simple and very elegant with beautiful art and stunning furnishings. The garden is so pretty, with lanterns hanging in the trees and a fabulous roll-top bath hidden away, perfect for a balmy summer night of star-gazing with a glass of champagne! Each room is unique and extremely comfortable, with private decking and a light, bright feel.
Loring is the most wonderfully welcoming hostess, with a real passion for the property and she is truly a chef in disguise! Her prawn, zucchini and lemon risotto was to die for, even after the delicious selection of local cheese which was gratefully enjoyed. Before dinner, we had strolled over the hill to the secluded Lonely Bay, from which the property takes its name, and watched the moon rise and looked out for dolphins, whilst combing the beach for beautiful shells.
I honestly can't say enough superlatives about this gorgeous little hideaway and hope to return very soon for an extended holiday with my family, thank you Loring for such a magical stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 970 Lonely Bay Lodge is a luxury boutique accommodation in Cooks Beach, Whitianga, New Zealand. Accommodation includes three one bedroom suites and a premier two bedroom (honeymoon) suite, all with en-suite, extensive mini-bar, spacious terrace and bush or water views of Purangi Estuary and Cooks Beach. Lodge accommodation facilities include a library, TV/AV 'snug' with Bang & Olufsen plasma television / sound system, separate guest indoor and outdoor bathrooms, solarium and deck, and multiple fireplaces. The boutique lodge offers a perfect venue for corporate events, weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways ... more less
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