Being confirmed Pinot Noir fans my hubby and I decided to stop off in Martinborough on our way from Napier to Wellington on our 5 week tour around the North Island. Everything about the Akrotiri Estate was wonderful. It is located about 3 km outside Martinborough in a rural setting so is very quiet and pastoral. Wendy greeted us and showed us around our suite - there is one queen bedroom with en suite and another queen bedroom with separate bathroom comprising the guest accommodation. Note, however, that unless two couples are there are on one booking you have the whole guest wing to yourself. The bed was comfortable and the guest lounge was spacious and had lots of books, DVDs and magazines. There is a TV monitor for the DVDs but no TV stations (who needs them when you're getting away from the hustle and bustle?). There is also a deluxe hot tub outside the bedroom - perfect for stargazing with a glass of wine. Fixings for the continental breakfast are in the fridge in the guest lounge so you can eat breakfast whenever it suits you. And what fixings they were! A lovely loaf of fresh multigrain bread, a selection of local preserves, gourmet plain yoghurt, blueberries, a bowl of plums from the orchard, grapefruit (possibly the best I've ever had), homemade muesli, tea and coffee. It was absolutely delicious. Wendy went above and beyond in making sure we had an enjoyable stay - making fantastic recommendations of where to eat and drink, giving us a ride into town (3 km away), making a phone call to Napier when we arrived to organize delivery of some forgotten items, and even planning a rendezvous with us in Wellington (our next stop) when we realized we had left a couple of things in the bathroom at Akrotiri. It was a thoroughly enjoyable stay. Thank you Wendy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay a while, relax and soak up magical views across the 18-acre country estate, to the vineyards and mountains beyond. Excellent location, 5 mins from Martinborough Wine Village, close to vineyards and golf course. EXCLUSIVE USE of the estate's guest wing with private entrance. The accommodation sleeps 4 adults and has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, private patio, large luxury Spa Pool, elegant lounge, open-plan living/dining, luxurious leather furniture, heating+A/C and FREE WIRELESS INTERNET. ... more less