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Carneval Ocean View
Ranked #1 of 1 Cable Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Brighton, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic Swiss hospitality”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

We stayed here for two nights in November 2012. It was superb in every aspect but especially the wonderful welcome from Martha and Roli with a briefing on the local sights accompanied by a glass of wine! The room was extremely clean and comfortable and the breakfasts outstanding! Highly recommended if you are passing by Cable Bay.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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romada, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Thank you so much for your report. We hope you had a wonderful trip through New Zealand. Kind regards Martha & Roly
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Tallai, Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

We really enjoyed out stay at Carneval. The welcome was warm and genuine, the room was very comfortable and the breakfasts delicious. The location is stunnig, looking out on Doubtless Bay. Martha and Roly are excellent hosts and we would love to go back again next time we are up that way and would recommend to family and friends.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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romada, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a report. We wish you a nice time and hope to see you again. Kind regards, Martha & Roly
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Aberdeen
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

Wow. Everything about this B&B is perfect: incredible hosts, great location, stunning views, huge rooms and sumptuous breakfast (or perhaps feast is more appropriate).
Roly and Martha are two of the most friendly and accommodating people you could wish to meet and they will bend over backwards to make your stay memorable and amazing. By the time we left, we wanted to adopt them as our parents and not just because Roly is a trained chef.
The Carneval is situated on top of a hill overlooking Cable Bay and although the driveway is more than a little steep and quite daunting at first, the reward is well worth it. The views from every room are drop-dead gorgeous and if you are very lucky, you may even see dolphins swimming in the bay. The surrounding gardens are very pretty and set off the view beautifully. They also contain guava and feijoa trees from which you are invited to pick your own fresh fruit in season! This is in addition to the fruit bowl provided in your room. Which brings us on to eating....
We would travel halfway across the globe again just for the breakfast. Roly and Martha serve up a feast for the eyes and tastebuds. To name but a few of the dishes: variety of home made, fresh breads and jams, proper Swiss muesli (divine), yoghurt, fresh fruit salad, honey and spreads, meats and cheeses, fresh juices etc and on top of this Roly's AMAZING cooked breakfast. We adored the poached eggs with cripsy bacon which were perfect in every way and the scrambled eggs which were the tastiest we have ever had. Breakfast is topped off by the incredible views, either through the large dining windows on colder days or from the glorious terrace on sunny mornings. We stayed over Easter and on Easter Sunday found the Easter bunny had been very busy (or just Roly and Martha - who could be sure?). They added to the "usual" breakfast fare with bunny-shaped chocolate bread, fabulous gingerbread, assorted chocolate eggs and a Lindt chocolate bunny each. Wow!
Martha also supplies great maps (laminated - they really do think of everything) and information for the local area. She is more than happy to make bookings for you, print off additional information and recommend lovely restaurants. However, make sure you spend at least one dinner with them as master chef Roly will whip up a 3 course stunner for you. The stories and friendship are as good as the food, which is excellent.
The large room in which we stayed was nicely decorated and could easily accommodate a family if necessary. There was a separate dressing room with a fridge (so no noise at night) and a large ensuite shower room. Everything was beautifully clean and well presented. The location with all the beautiful beaches (e.g. Karikari peninsula) and the Bay of Islands to the South makes this a great base for Northland, if you can tear yourself away from the B&B.
Stay here a month - you won't regret it! We might emigrate to New Zealand just so we can stay here on holiday more often.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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romada, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this review, May 4, 2012
You were our dream couple too and would not mind at all, to really adopt you! It was so great having you and thank you for the big surprise, when we wanted to do your room, the handmade Makana Chocolates, were just divine. Thank you so much for staying with us and the report. We would really look forward seeing you again.
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Cairns
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

Beautiful accommodation and splendid breakfast in a stunning location. Well informed, friendly hosts Martha and Roly helped make our overnight stay a pleasure. Fresh fruit and chocolates in the room a nice touch. Although we had only one night there, we are planning a longer return stay in this magnificent part of NZ soon.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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romada, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this review, April 28, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a report. I would be great to see you again for a longer stay with us in Doubtless Bay. Kind regards Martha & Roly
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Bolton
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

A return visit to stay with Martha and Roly who are the perfect hosts for a relaxing break in this stunning region of New Zealand. We had a 4 day stay towards the end of a 4 week tour of New Zealand. We were welcomed like family, and relaxed over great breakfasts and enjoyed a fantastic meal (cooked to perfection by Roly) on our final evening.
Our room had stunning views and lacked for nothing.
Excellent value, the only place to stay in the Cable Bay area.
Thank you both for your hospitality.
We will return!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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romada, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this review, April 15, 2012
Hallo you two,
thank you for your report in Trip Advisor. It is great, that you liked your stay with us at Carneval. It would be great to see you again soon. In the moment we are on a bit of a break and think, what we could do to improve over the winter. Take care and kind regards, Martha & Roly
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Shipley, West Yorkshire
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Wonderful accommodation which is owned by wonderful people. Roly and Martha are so welcoming that we felt we were good friends on a return visit and not here for the first time. The room and the views were magnificent, so much so that my Wife insisted on leaving the curtains open all night, so as not to miss any of it. If we had not already booked onward accommodation we would have loved to stay here for extra nights.
The bedroom was extremely comfortable, the bathroom was enormous with bathrobes provided and an additional room with tea/coffee making facilties and ample storage for suitcases etc. All in all pure luxury.
The breakfasts were absolutely superb, (please see attached photo) and I now have Roly's "secret" recipe for his home made mueseli!!
Roly and Martha's local knowledge is first class, they are so helpful and ensure that you gain the maximum experience of the far north of the North Island in the time you have available.
I know it is a well worn phrase, but we did arrive as guests and we did leave as friends. Thank you Roly and Martha for being such perfect hosts.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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romada, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this review, April 12, 2012
Hallo you two,

thank you so much for your excellent report. We are happy, that you had a good time with us at Carneval. Good you got the recipe of the Muesli after all. We wish you a nice summer over in England and take care

Martha & Roly
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Altea, Spain
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

Nice friendly hosts and Roly is a fantasic chef.They do everything to please their guests.Perfect location with marvelous view!It was our 4 stay.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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romada, Owner at Carneval Ocean View, responded to this review, April 5, 2012
Hallo Inger and Asbjorn, thank you very much for your good note. We will stay in contact, take care and have a happy Easter. Love Martha
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Property: Carneval Ocean View
Address: 360 State Highway 10 | Cable Bay, Cable Bay, Mangonui 0420, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Mangonui > Cable Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Cable Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Carneval Ocean View 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury accommodation with panoramic views overlooking picturesque Doubtless Bay. Designed to Mediterranean style in spacious landscaped gardens, Carneval offers European-style B&B accommodation with two king size ensuite bedrooms. Heated with Finnish Tulikivi wall heating, a Tulikivi fire warms the lounge in winter.A short stroll to the safe swimming beach of Cable Bay, where guests enjoy relaxing in the sun, swimmming or fishing. Your hosts, Martha ad Roly, speak Swiss, German and French. ... more   less 
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