If you are going to be in Rotoura, you need to seriously consider staying here. Let me start by saying that the resort is a bit pricier than many of the hotels in the area, but it is worth every penny. Especially since they included breakfast and internet use into the price.
The staff was incredible. Romelyn was just a one-person superwoman. She did everything from wait tables, to being a sous chef, to fixing a complex network in the rooms so that the internet work.
The hotel is on the lake. So it doesn't smell like sulfur from the Hell's Gate. The rooms are very small, though. But they are cozy. Their outside spa is not very big, nor very hot, but, honestly, it is romantic.
Now the biggie: the food. I heard that their restaurant was the best in the area, being a somewhat of a food connoisseur, allow me to say: IT WAS INCREDIBLE! I have dined at some of the world famous 5-star, 5-diamond restaurants, and the chef at this location deserves mention. My wife and I still remember those meals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua in quiet parklike surroundings only 3 mins from Rotorua Airport,and 12 mins to the famous geothermal attractions of Rotorua. This award winning resort hotel features luxurious accommodation with private balconies or courtyards with views to the lake; New Zealand's award winning fine dining Mokoia Restaurant specialising in indigenous herbs and spices which creates amazing taste sensations including a daily full vegetarian menu; superb personal service; relaxing Manary English lounge bar and the internationally acclaimed Wai Ora Day Spa featuring the 2011 and 2012 World Luxury Spa Award winning "New Zealand Cultural Spa "regime based on the geothermal muds of Rotorua and wellness practices of the Maori. Rotorua's only World Luxury Spa Award winner. Enjoy the tranquility of the landscaped gardens and serene sounds of the meandering spring feed stream as you enjoy the hot and cold pools, steam room and sauna that make up the Wai Ora Spa Water Experience. The ideal Rotorua relaxation, spa, food taste sensations destination and accommodation base for all other Rotorua activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wai Ora Lakeside Hotel
- Wai Ora Lakeside Resort