Hello Loring, Jane and Trudi. We have been thinking of you a lot over the last few days while making our way around Catalunya in Spain on our brand new adventure. We have told many people of how wonderful a time we have had with you. So it is about time that we write this review so that others can have the same great experience that we have had.
We got married in January 2011 and had the priviledge of having 970 Lonely Bay Lodge as our reception venue as well as family acommodation for the weekend. We first made contact in June 2010 and from then till the very end our experience with them had been nothing short of amazing. The lodge manager Loring did everything humanly possible to make sure that we had a great time. Throughout the months we would receive emails to see if how our wedding preparation were going and whether we needed anything. They weren't even wedding planners and they cared so much! It's unbelievable!
Another example would be that Loring personally picked up our wedding flowers from Auckland the day before our wedding just because she happened to be there so she “may as well do it”. Also, we would like to point out that all the staff at the Lodge were great cooks as well.
The Lodge was elegant and very beautiful. Have a look at the photos here on tripadvisor and on their website, it was truly that gorgeous. It was located just 5 minutes walk from cooks beach, 15 minutes to Lonely Bay and 15 minutes from the pier across to Whitianga. Google cooks beach or look it up on Panoramio and you will see the beauty of the area. You can pretty much roll out of bed in the morning and be in the waves of cooks beach, then come back for the best breakfast you will find in New Zealand with croissants, museli, eggs however you like it, pain au chocolate, yoghurt, honey, cheeses, all sorts of bread, homemade jams, bacon... whatever you want.
You will be well looked after, but not only in a way that a great business looks after its customers or the way that professionals look after their clients. It will also be in a way that longtime friends take care of each other. Every question will be met with enthusiasm. Your best experience possible is their commitment. We loved how passionate they are, and through this passion is where everything came from. We really got that from them. They cared more, gave more and had a great time doing it, because that's what they were about. They believed in what the best kiwi hospitality should be, and they delivered. We will definitely be back.
Gary and Sarah
- 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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