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“Just a luxurious relaxing experience”
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Sunlover Retreat
Ranked #1 of 8 Tairua B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hastings, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Just a luxurious relaxing experience”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

We spent two nights with Donna and Chris in their impressively constructed and beautifully designed home. Donna made us feel so comfortable, welcome and at home - we could just lay back and do our own thing. Our room was so comfortable with a huge bed, opening out to the expansive deck and its amazing view over Tairua town and harbour. Having the company of the lovely Jak (labradoodle) was an added attraction. Donna provided a beautiful breakfast each morning - continental followed by wicked cooked with endless coffee, all beautifully presented. We're now on a crash diet to recover.
Tairua is a lovely corner of New Zealand, and Sunlover's Retreat is an ideal place to explore its attractions. We can't recommend this venue enough

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Sunlover Retreat, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Thank you for the absolutely fabulous review Mike. I hope to see you and Karen back one day soon!
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Donna and Chris made us feel so welcome. Very friendly and are easy going and accommodating to our needs. As I told Donna in my email to her, it was all that we expected and so much more. The "so much more bit" was their amazing hospitality.
Awesome breakfasts, outstanding views, very comfy bed, and great company.
Thanks for helping make our weekend a special retreat.
I'll definitely be recommending this to others.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Sunlover Retreat, responded to this review, 23 September 2013
Thank you Barry. I look forward to spoiling your friends just as much! I'm glad you had such a relaxing break from Auckland ... even if you managed to fit so much in!
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Manukau City, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

My partner Kris and I had an absolutely amazing time in Tairua. We were greatful to be staying at this place as it was highly morethan what we had thought of. the view was exceptionally beautiful. though the weather was not as good, we still had plenty to do. there wad not a single time we got bored. Donna your service is awsome. The fact that you go out of your way to meet and greet all your guests is amazing. we would deffinitly love to stay here again. highly recomend it to everyone.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Sunlover Retreat, responded to this review, 22 September 2013
Thanks Suzan for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I hope to see you and Kris again soon!
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Have to agree with all the other comments. Donna and Chris are brilliant hosts and really go that extra mile to make you feel welcome and your stay enjoyable and relaxing. I am dairy and gluten free. Donna wasn't the slightest bit phased and when we arrived we were offered the most gorgeous banana cake, actually so good I wish I had given up wheat earlier! Highly recommend sunlovers retreat.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Sunlover Retreat, responded to this review, 15 September 2013
Thank you and thanks for your kind words about the banana cake! I enjoyed trying my hand as making gluten free - so good on you for being a guinea pig. :)
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Dargaville, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

Thanks Donna for making my wife and i feel so welcome,the suite we had was excellent with amazing veiws over the town and out to sea.We had two great breakfast's,we had a really relaxing time it was just what we where after.Hope to come stay again!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Sunlover Retreat, responded to this review, 15 September 2013
Thank you so much Tracey and Shawn. Jak and I would lurve to see you back one day. :)
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

My family had an amazing time at Sunlovers Retreat! The room we stayed in was beautiful with a lovely claw bath, the shower was amazing too! We took our 9 week old daughter to Sunlovers and she was made very welcome! While we had breakfast Donna had cuddles with our daughter so both parents could eat without having to fuss over our baby, the breakfast was great too! The house is beautiful with an amazing view over looking Tairua. We were made to feel very welcome and felt we could use the house as we felt. Donna was a very lovely host and easy to talk and interact with. Our family will be back to stay sometime in the near future. Thank you Donna for making our first family holiday perfect.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Donna B, Owner at Sunlover Retreat, responded to this review, 7 September 2013
It was lovely to have a gorgeous new baby in the house. I'm glad your first family holiday was relaxing! I look forward to seeing Stevie when she is running about the place, causing havoc!
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Great company and beyond expectations. The house itself is beautifully designed and overlooks the town, beach and opposing mountain surreally. Perfect for an eClean, amazing view and an ideal atmosphere: would recommend and return for sure!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Sunlover Retreat, responded to this review, 3 September 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I would love to see you return one day. Take care. Donna
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Property: Sunlover Retreat
Address: 20 Ridge Road, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Tairua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Tairua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunlover Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Sunlover Retreat. A boutique bed & breakfast, nestled on a hill in the seaside town of Tairua, Coromandel NZ. Sunlover Retreat soaks up the sun and views from sunrise to sunset.There are three accommodation rooms, each with its own ensuite. The Estuary Suite has a bath luxuriously placed to look over the bush, Coromandel Ranges and Tairua estuary beyond. Every room has a large private deck and robes are supplied. ... more   less 
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