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“ABSOLUTE PARADISE” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shoal Bay Estate, Great Barrier Island

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Shoal Bay Estate, Great Barrier Island
Shoal Bay, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Tryphena B&B and Inns
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“ABSOLUTE PARADISE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011 via mobile

What can we say but absolute Paradise
The
location the service the hospitality was all outstanding even the weather turned on some lovely days
This is the most peaceful spot in the world
Listening to the birds and the wind in the tree's and swimming with the dolphins in the bay was by far the best way to unwind from a busy life in the city.
Highly recommended for all

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

This was by far our worst trip ever, the owner (and host) does not know anything about how to treat guests. She over booked, the accommodation is not worth what they are charging, in fact I suggest you think twice before booking at this place. Someone warn us not to expect much, but this was way worse.
The only meal we had there was breakfast, what an experience, not enough room at the table, a small plastic table had to do, no table cloths and the best of all, she made toast, and deliver it to the table, not on a plate, but with her hand while she herself was eating with her other hand. Everything looked dirty, the sugar bowl hasn't seen a wash since Xmas, 8 months ago. Breakfast was very, very average, no it was actually very bad. We were suppose to stay for two nights, but flew back early in the morning, could not face another day.

My only advice to anyone, don't even book.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Shoal Bay, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Great Barrier Island > Tryphena
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Tryphena
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Shoal Bay Estate, Great Barrier Island Tryphena, New Zealand

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