You feel like you are staying in a spa. The mountainside location has a beautiful view, and it isn't all that far to town/shopping/sightseeing. Here are the pros and cons. It is a beautiful setting with a nice great room and wonderful view. There is a nice library and lots of movies to choose from. There is a lovely deck in the shared areas, and both breakfast and dinner dining settings are nice. The hosts don't live there so you don't feel like you are intruding. The rooms are very lovely, and the room decks are nice. The beds are very comfortable and the rooms are roomy, with all kinds of nice ammenities. They also feel very private. The food for dinner is very good, Peter is an amazing chef. It is fun to dine with other travelers and hear their stories. There is an open bar but we were told not to "over indulge" when we were told we could use it. Cons: I did not find Peter and Glennis all that warm. I found Peter a bit grumpy. Breakfast was fine but you had to request anything warm although I noticed Peter offering that to some guests. Dinner was pretty pricey, but it was certainly worth it. I felt like it was a politically incorrect decision the one night we didn't stay for dinner because we wanted to go to town. That shouldn't happen., it should be a choice! The bathrooms have ants. They are very teeny tiny ants, but there was no forwarning of that except you can't so much as have a snack in your room according to the rules, and there is bug spray in the room. I really didn't care for the ants, which I suppose are unavoidable in that location. The infinity pool is very pretty but the photos are misleading - it is fully covered by a deck and is very small, so if it was sunny you would be totally in the shade. The pool deck adjoins the room decks so not much privacy there. Overall I thought it was very lovely and MIGHT stay there again, but I found it awfully expensive.
- Also Known As:
- Bay Of Islands Hotel Opua
- Bay Of Islands Hotel
- The Sanctuary @ Bay Of Islands Opua, New Zealand
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