We went to Hanmer for 2 nights in need of a relaxing retreat and we found it. Rippinvale Retreat is located about 1 km from Hanmer township on a couple of acres and is therefore quiet and peaceful. We were there in late winter and were able to relax in the spa enjoying close views of snow capped mountains.
Each evening we enjoyed a glass of wine and homemade canapes courtesy of our hosts - this was a lovely touch. While out at dinner our dining table was set for breakfast and our bed turned back.
Breakfast was divine! My husband was skeptical about the continental breakfast but he admitted it was a continental breakfast like no other. Helen supplied homemade pastries, bread, stewed fruit and preserves. The only thing that may not have been homemade was the yoghurt, but it was delicious. Did I mention the porridge and burcher muesli? Yum.
The suite itself was spacious, clean and comfortable. The linens were luxurious and Evolu toiletries were another nice touch. it wasn't absolute luxury, but it was very, very nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A very special New Zealand experience, offering fine boutique accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere. Our suites are private and semi contained set in a private courtyard. Tariff includes pre dinner wine and canapes,fabulous gourmet breakfast of the finest locally grown ans seasonal produce and full evening turn down with Port and chocolates.Use of all facillities. ... more less
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