We stayed at OBE in the Manuka suite for an anniversary weekend celebration. My husband had chosen OBE based on its excellent TA reviews and because we were seeking, peace, quiet, vineyards, and a spa. It did not disappoint. Although there is no sea view from the Manuka suite itself, there is a sublime view down to Owhanake Bay from its private balcony terrace where we sat out most mornings and evenings. The suite is as pleasant and well-appointed as other reviewers have noted. Soaking in the private spa while looking out over the olive groves and listening to the native birds and black duck was quite enchanting. Other highlights of our stay included sitting out amongst the vines with the estate’s own Pinot Gris and the delicious (and extremely generous) tasting platter of local goodies - especially the herb paste and fig conserve; the walk around the nearby headland (with jaw-dropping views); and the private massage in our room. Waiheke is a rambler’s paradise – do spend some time investigating the nearby walks suggested in the guest information. We dined at the Mudbrick Vineyard Restaurant (recommended, and the views are outstanding) but would also warmly recommend Fenice in Oneroa for an informal, but delicious meal. The walk to town along leafy Korora Rd is a joy on a sunny day/night – especially if you take the beach shortcut which Mike will point out to you – and seemed to only take around 10 min. Mike and Christy have created a very special place at OBE and they are wonderful hosts. Highly recommended for a charming, romantic, and restorative escape.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Owhanake Bay Estate offers luxury boutique accommodation overlooking the beautiful secluded Owhanake Bay on Waiheke Island in New Zealand. Each suite has a sumptuous super king bed with quality furnishings and linen, and private modern ensuite bathrooms. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of our Pinot Gris wine whilst on your private deck with a stunning sea view over beautiful Owhanake Bay. Specialising in popular packages including romance, retreat and wine discovery options. Ferry transfers from Matiatia Ferry Terminal, and a quality continental breakfast is included. ... more less