We arrived fresh from our drive from Auckland and were greeted by Paul who showed us to our suite, the ' Pacifica'. The room was abolsutely lovely and the whole atmosphere of Mussel Bed and our room put us at ease straight away. The sun was shining and the little stream outside bubbling along. Mmmmm.
We were treated to some bubbly and chocolates on arrival as we were on honeymoon and we enjoyed these out on deck. We explored the gardens and found our way to the little river which you could go kayaking on but we were intent on chilling out after a recent 24 hour flight and drive from Auckland.
The hosts were welcoming but gave you your privacy. The room had a fridge with wine you could purchase but with free tea, coffee, milk and mince pies ( it was nearly Christmas after all). There was a TV with some choice DVDs and music player and an ensuite which was very stylish. The only thing is that there was no door to it, it was semi open plan with the bedroom. This didn't bother me particularly but my Husband likes his privacy when he uses the Bathroom.
The other thing, apart from the lovely room, private deck and stunning surroundings was the loveliest breakfast, ordered the night before and delivered on a butlers tray to your deck. It appears as if by stork, fairy, Santa Claus, you get the point, just when you need it and carefully presented, with everything you ordered and plenty of it. All enjoyed on the deck.
Ferry Landing is a short drive/ easy walk away where you can hop over to Whitianga and enjoy an evening meal at some of the restaurants there. Our main reason for coming to the area was Hot Water Beach. Chris and Paul helpfully gave us the tide times and wish us well on our onward journey.
Thank you for lovely memories on our holiday of a lifetime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chris & Paul welcome you to the "Mussel Bed" - nestled amidst native bush, tropical gardens & streams & yet, so close to beautiful Cooks Beach. A perfect base to explore Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach which is only a 10 mins drive. Our self-contained cottage has 2 bedrooms and sleeps up to 5 people. Our guest wing has 3 luxurious suites, tiled en suites & french doors opening onto private decks with all those special touches our guests love! We bring breakfast to you on a tray to enjoy in our lovely garden. Kayak the stream from our jetty and enjoy the natural bird habitat, exploring caves and walking on gorgeous Lonely Bay! We look forward to making your stay a special one. ... more less