Booked the Overlander at Solscape for a relaxing beach holiday. I like the concept of the eco friendly accommodation but feel you are paying too much for the novelty at $120 a night for the Overlander. The Overlander has admittedly got a fairly spacious lounge/kitchen but is quite old and feels run down instead of quaint and the shower and toilet are tiny. It is self contained (which is great as it meant we never had to experience the difficulties of the communal kitchen which some reviewers have commented on) but lacking a cupboard door for one of the kitchen cupboards is not convenient with a 22month old who likes to explore. Luckily the weather was great so we didn't spend a lot of time in the carriage. The photo and description on the website give the impression of a secluded and private train carriage. What the photo fails to show is that the carpark, cabooses, earth dome and communal shower/toilet blocks all surround the Overlander and are within a few metres of each other. Luckily the guests at the time we were staying there were all fairly quiet so we didn't end up being disturbed too often. The staff were helpful and friendly although after having requested a cot online we had to chase that down on arrival. I had a massage which was fabulous and my husband a surfing lesson which he also thoroughly enjoyed. We ate breakfast at the café one morning which was nice but quite expensive at $43.50 for two smoothies, a banana pancake, bread and spreads and a cooked breakfast. And the kitchen hygiene seemed fairly relaxed.
I booked our vacation at Solscape with fairly specific requirements in mind, privacy and access to the beach being the main two after having a self contained space which may be why we found it a little disappointing. Access to the beach is possible if you don't mind a 15 minute walk or so down the (fairly steep) hill, and then obviously the walk back up as well. Not something we attempted with our toddler, we drove the very easy five minutes down to the main beach instead.
We absolutely loved Raglan so we will be coming back but next time will book a bach or at the holiday park instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Diverse eco accommodations from beautifully simplistic to luxurious with options to suit all budgets - each lightening our ecological footprint. Our self-contained options offer a comfortable stay with private facilities for couples, families or small groups. For those happy to share facilities take your pick from recycled railway cabooses and earth domes or experience glamping in our Tipi Forest Retreat set in native bush. The Te Ao Whanga Eco Camp provides a limited number of tent and van sites with solar heated showers and an indoor-outdoor kitchen. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Solscape Hotel Raglan