This small hotel is a 35minute ferry ride from Auckland and the owner will pick you up and take you the last part of the journey. Perched on a hill the hotel has truly spectacular views over the bay and out to the ocean. It is the type of scenery that cannot be properly reflected in a picture - the term breathtaking come closest! I was upgraded to a suite with a separate bedroom and living room/kitchen a with an adjoining modern bathroom, equipped with a shower and washing machine. The decor is light and bright and everything was comfortable and spotlessly clean. This was a corner location so the views were panoramic from the living room and the glass-walled balcony. A wholesome delicious breakfast is provided and the owner, Andy, goes out of his way to make your stay memorable. He knows the island well and can provide you with great advice on what to do and where to dine. The hotel will provide light meals on request at a very reasonable charge. The lovely gardens contain a hot tub if you want to complete an idyllic stay. I have traveled widely and can honestly say that this lovely location and it friendly owners will provide you with a stay to remember long after you leave. It was an unforgettable way to spend a birthday.
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- On the beautiful, northern coastline of Waiheke Island, between Little Oneroa and Palm Beach, Enclosure Bay is a modern, architecturally designed, Small Hotel / Bed and Breakfast. We have two one bedroom suites and a King bedded room – all with private decks, air conditioning and facilities you would expect. Located just a 35 minute, ferry ride from downtown Auckland, (a few minutes longer on the car ferry), Waiheke Island is a tranquil, beautiful jewel in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. A ten minute drive from the ferry terminal at Matiatia will bring you to Enclosure Bay. Waiheke is renowned for its beautiful beaches and scenery, its vineyards, olive groves and native reserves with great walking tracks. The island is justly proud of its many excellent restaurants and cafes. Enclosure Bay is the ideal haven, where for a while, you can exchange the ‘every day’, for something special. Perfect for a honeymoon or anniversary celebration; for luxury, weekend breaks or just some timely R & R. We enjoy a wonderful setting, capturing the sun all day and providing panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf and its islands. Uninterrupted views out as far as Great Barrier Island and Coromandel Peninsula to the east, Rakino Island, Little Barrier Island and the Noises to the north and the setting sun behind Rangitoto to the west. Your privacy and opportunity to take it easy, refresh and restore, are our priorities. So come to Enclosure Bay, relax, enjoy our ‘special place’ and watch the varied moods and colours of the Hauraki Gulf and its islands. ... more less
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