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“Exquisite, tranquil private setting with and outstanding vista”
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Villa Toscana
Reviewed 24 March 2011

My Wife and I were married in the grounds of this beautiful private traditional huge Italian villa high up in the hills overlooking Whitianga and Mercury Bay.

Our hosts, Giorgio & Margherita Allemano were great company and provided traditional Italian cuisine for our wedding party of 28 guests. The spacious, luxurious accommodation for our first nights stay was just perfect, exquisite decor and just so comfortable. We are happy to recommend Villa Tascana to anyone looking for that something / somewhere special place to relax, unwind and absorb the stunning vista over Whitianga and Mercury Bay.

Pat & Leanne O’Connell

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2011

What a special place to stay!! We chose to have our wedding at Villa Toscana, because of the absolute beauty and tranquility Villa Toscana offers. Margherita and Giorgio are wonderful hosts that welcome you into their warm family home without being intrusive. Food, wine and olive oil are amazing as are the views and attention to detail that made our stay unforgettable. Thank you so much for making our wedding so beautiful. You continue to be very dear friends to us.

Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2011

Please beware of this place. I cannot believe these other reviews. We are used to staying in 5-star boutique accommodation around the world and have often paid this much for a nights' lodging but this place is outrageously expensive for what you get. This was to be the highlight of our stay in New Zealand and going on the pictures we were pretty excited. We were let down and very upset. The actual accommodation is a tiny apartment below the palatial spread you can see in the pictures. While nicely turned out it was nothing special - Italian linen is not worth these prices. While watching television might not be your first choice of activities, if you choose to do so you will be viewing the pictures on something smaller in size to a standard laptop computer! - surely these prices warrant a flat-screen LCD/plasma at least. The stunning views, which must be there, are only fully available to your hosts who perch above you - you can hear them move about in their mansion. I cannot speculate how this place has garnered such positive reviews. We would not have been comfortable paying one third this price for this overrated B&B. We stayed in some wonderful places in and around Coromandel peninsula but this was the worst value accommodation we have ever had the misfortune of paying for. Anywhere.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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giorgioallemano, Owner at Villa Toscana, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2011

We are always thankful whenever we receive constructive suggestions on how to improve the quality of our product.

Villa Toscana’s 5 star Qualmark rating is an independent rating by New Zealand’s official rating system that we are very proud to have maintained for 9 years now. We have two main objectives: the first is to guarantee the absolute privacy of our Guests and the second is to provide a unique Tuscan style experience.

Most of the Guests we have enjoyed during all these years have been very happy here and, with quite a few of them, we still correspond regularly.

This review from PlungerJ has actually been the first negative feed back we have ever had.

Interestingly enough and inexplicably, during April 2010 we didn't host any guests from Australia and the name Plunger doesn't exist in our Guests database.

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Reviewed 3 March 2011

Every now and again your bound to come across something special in your travels, Villa Toscana is definitely special, from the luxurious accommodation to the spectacular views of Mercury Bay and many islands. From the distinctly Italian ambience to the warm and friendly hospitality. This grand Tuscan villa is impressive. Giorgio a marine biologist in a previous life, his charming wife Margherita who is passionate about art and their children will make you feel comfortable and at home from the moment you arrive to the time you reluctantly wave them goodbye.
The accommodation has sea views, its own private entrance, garden, parking, spa, terrace,BBQ and even a private helipad. It's lavishly decorated with antiques and contains two very comfortable bedrooms. A granite kitchen and open plan lounge and dining.
Giorgio is also a keen golfer and we had a round at the Dunes, Matarangi on a glorious sunny afternoon, I thouroughly enjoyed our game and Giorgio's company.
All in all we had a wonderful time and we look forward to returning one day.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2011

We stayed at the Villa Toscana in April of 2010, and we had a delightful stay -- among our best in New Zealand. The villa is perched on top of a hill overlooking Whitianga, and has spectacular ocean views. The accommodation is a spacious and light-filled apartment with two bedrooms, a charming sitting area, and a small kitchen. The TV is small, but this was not important to us. There is a terrace from which you can enjoy the beauty of the area -- and also a secluded hot tub nearby. There are no other guests, so the experience is very private, very quiet, and romantic. Giorgio and Margherita were incredible hosts -- very welcoming and warm, Giorgio even invited my husband for a game of golf in the area; truly, their gracious hospitality and friendship is one of our most treasured memories. I highly recommend Villa Toscana.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2011

it is a beautiful place, very cosy and comfortable, homely. we got a lot of privacy as it is not crowded like any conventional hotel. The hosts are very generous and were kind enough to serve us a vegetarian meal at our request, my wife is a vegetarian. The view from the room is amazing. It was a very pleasant and memorable stay.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

My wife and I had our wedding reception at Villa Toscana and stayed as guests for two nights. It's a spectacular location, a beautiful property and Margherita and Giorgio are both superb and very welcoming hosts who know and love Whitianga.

Margherita and Giorgio were impressively detail oriented in helping us to plan a bespoke wedding reception for 60 people. All of the team at Villa Toscana really went above and beyond to make our day a special one for us and all of our guests (including giving special attention to children and elderly relatives in attendance).

Part of Villa Toscana's magic is just quietly getting everything perfect and being there at just the right times. The power went out for a short time in the whole area during our reception, but without missing a beat, hundreds of candles appeared inside and out and the momentum of the evening was kept up (including one of our guests playing their piano while the music was off!).

The Villa is in a truly beautiful spot, surrounded by native bush and with incredible views from the terrace out across Whitianga and Mercury Bay. We really could not have imagined a more perfect location for our wedding day.

The apartment where we spent the night was charming, with all of the furniture brought back from Italy. The breakfast served in our room was amazing. We also loved the outdoor spa pool which is hidden amongst the bush with an incredible view across the bay.

We definitely plan on returning to Villa Toscana one day to visit Giorgio & Margherita and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for an unforgettable and romantic destination.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 65 Tarapatiki Drive, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Whitianga
Price Range: £216 - £371 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Toscana 5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Private, secluded Tuscan style 2 bedroom luxury apartment set amongst native bush with panoramic views across Mercury Bay. Fully self contained accommodation for up to 4 persons. Outdoor spa pool, free Wi-Fi. Perfect as a romantic retreat, special occasions and honeymoon accommodation. Small intimate wedding venue with spectacular photography opportunities. ... more   less 
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