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Villa Toscana
Reviewed 12 February 2012

Sadly we only experienced one night at the Villa Toscana, but on our next visit to New Zealand we will return, and for longer next time. We had a little difficulty finding the place, which was more to do with our GPS system than anything else. I was a bit tired after our journey from Rotorua, and so I rang the Villa for advice. That was my first contact with Giorgio.He said he would come down and guide us, which he did, and within minutes we arrived at the lovely VIlla Toscana.

The accommodation consists of a very pleasant kitchen, dining and living area, which is very nicely decorated and furnished. The main bedroom is quite spacious and there is adequate wardrobe space. There is also a second bedroom, which we did not use. The bathroom is a decent size and has a really good shower.

Outside there is a small table, and patio area. The views over Mercury Bay on a clear day are beautiful.

We completed our breakfast request in the evening, and there was plenty of choice. The breakfast was served in our room, and it was very relaxing, and enjoyable.

The Villa Toscana is a little piece of Italy in New Zealand, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and we will definitely recommend it to our friends and family.

The only thing better than the Villa is the welcome you receive from the lovely host Giorgio and Margherita. Well Done, keep up the good work.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 December 2011

We made a trip through New Zealand and this address was by far the best B&B on our trip of 3 weeks, both on the Northern- and Southern Island. Being the only guests, we had an apartment for us with a beautiful view on the bay. The hosts, Giorgio and Margherita, passionate Italians, were perfect and did everything to make our stay to perfection! The only negatives: 1) not being able to give 6 points. 2) We did not understand why one of the guests reacted so negative. Revenge?
René and Elke van Zijl

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

Amazing views! Lovely villa overlooking phenomenal Mercury Bay. The owners, Georgio and Margherita, couldn't have been nicer. Everything immaculate, spotless and beautiful. Breakfast provided to order, perfectly done and presentation beautiful. The best accommodation that we had in all of our travels in New Zealand.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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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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Additional Information about Villa Toscana

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 28 Speciality Lodging in Whitianga
Price Range: £217 - £375 (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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