My husband and I stayed at Wai Ora for two nights after spending three days in Auckland. What can I say but we "LOVED" this place. I will most definatley recommend it to anyone as the only place to stay while visiting Rotorua. The staff are very kind & amazing which made a world of difference!
We had a great room on the lower level, as close the the lake as possible. The room was very modern/trendy, clean and VERY comfortable. From fresh fruit upon arrival in the room to a great fridge/coffee area. Plus it was a real fridge - not a mini-bar so you could put your own stuff in it if you liked. Bathroom was very nice and they supplied you with very plush & comfortable robes and slippers. Amenities in the bathroom were great and they replaced them and gave extra the next day :). We felt like we could just totally relax which we did the first night. On the first night we went to the bar for a glass of wine (they gave us a card in the room for a free glass of wine in the bar on the first night) before dinner then went to the restaurant for dinner which was amazing - we had a great prawn/scallop starter and then both had the lamb - amazing!!!! I don't think there was many people staying at the hotel. During dinner there was us an one other couple. The same guy who served us in the bar, served us dinner.
The hotel had a lot of the same staff on - mostly likely due to low season plus low occupancies. Breakfast the next two days was out of this world amazing - this was without doubt the best breakfast we have EVER had anywhere!!!! I'm very serious about this one :) - AMAZING!
They had free internet in the lobby for guests to use as well as a great spa that we unfortunatley did not get to use. As I mentioned that staff are really good - one day we came back completely soaked from a very rainy day and were chilled to the bone. We asked about laundry facilities as our clothes were wet and they offered to do the laundry for us free of charge!!! While they were doing that, they started up the hot tub/jacuzzi's that were outside in the back by the spa for us which we really enjoyed to warm up after a chilly day. I think we stayed in them for a good hour and twenty minutes :)
If you want a warm, cozy, modern experience with great food and staff, then stay here!!! We will next time.....
- 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