Why the umbrella? Well, you step out of your room on to a covered walkway which is open to the bush on the other side. Sound nice. However, it rain a lot in this part of New Zealand and I could imagine getting wet as you wound your way almost this walkway if it was windy. Rooms are fantastic. They look out on to the bush at the back, the bathroom has a heated floor and other non-standard luxury fittings. It was not windy when my tour group arrived but it was wet. So this resulted in the biggest disappointment of our tour. No flight were going to the Glaciers. Hotel is obviously aimed up market. The only reason why I do not give this hotel a 5-star rating is because of the lack of a few large sheets of perspex that could be fixed along the walkway to ensure a dry walk to reception.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury hotels in New Zealand don't get any better than this! Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star Qualmark rated retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury. Te Waonui Forest Retreat promises all its guests a truly unique and memorable experience. At one with nature, the five-star Qualmark rated Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the ultimate coming together of luxury escape and environmental awareness. Great care has been taken to ensure this exceptional forest retreat steps lightly upon the earth, from the organic cotton bedspreads to its recycled local building materials. Discerning travellers will appreciate the hotel’s attention to detail, which starts with attentive personal service upon arrival, and continues throughout all the hotel facilities and every aspect of your stay. As our guest you will enjoy exceptional quality and service, including: Luxuriously appointed guest rooms, generously proportioned and featuring the highest standard of room amenities, such as your personal pillow menu, natural wool mattress underlay, and high speed Internet access. Dining among the tres in ‘The Canopy’ restaurant, and savouring quality local cuisine, including an indulgent five-course degustation dinner. Innovative, environmentally sustainable architecture and building materials that create a healthy, warm and quiet haven for you to enjoy. Easy access to many excellent local attractions, including the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, just minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef