The Retreat part of the site was lovely, and our lodge was gorgeous, though let down slightly by the hole in the top bedcover. However, while moving the car parking away from the lodges to maintain a sense of retreat sounds like a great idea in theory, trying to cart luggage down a gravel path (ie you can't use the wheels), through overhanging foliage, in the inevitable rain, isn't particularly practical.
For the price ($199 per night), I would have expected free use of the spa and sauna, but we had to pay for these facilities, as we did for web access. It's also worth noting that the on-site "restaurant" is actually a bar, and appears to be targetted mostly at the back-packer population. This means great value for money on the one hand, but on the other hand, our clothes stuck to the tables, so the hygiene didn't appear to be the best.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rainforest Retreat is centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier township on the west coast of NZ’s South Island.Nestled in six acres of native bush and surrounded by lush punga groves, Rainforest Retreat offers a wide range of accommodation – all built to embrace the natural environment.Whatever the season, explore New Zealand’s glaciers while staying at Rainforest Retreat. It’s not just accommodation… it’s an experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rainforest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef