Hidden Gem in Suburbia
If you dont drive its a bit out of town.
You drive in to a housing estate, down past McDonalds and near the end of the road the hotel appears.
We parked up and went into the reception; we were welcomed by a very nice guy who confirmed our booking. We were shown to our room it’s on a courtyard style looking onto a nice grassy area and a pool. The room we booked was a studio apartment with breakfast included.
The apartment is very nice and well presented the shower room off the main room was very modern and clean. We settled in unpacked and decided to use the Spa facilities.
These disappointed us slightly, the pool in the spa was cold and not hot as we had expected , there was a hot tub but its only for about four and there were three guests already using it. We returned back to our room slightly disappointed.
Later on we went for our evening meal. Now this is well worth a mention, the Chowder was excellent and the Rack of lamb was just a delight. Well worth the money and a great experience.
We were served by a delightful girl Mary who was very pleasant and helpful.
(She also multitasks on the reception)
The next morning we went for our breakfast this was a bit different, as we had paid for our inclusive breakfast we were a bit confused when we were told some things on the menu were extra!!
For us the breakfast was an attempt to be a la carte like the meal the night before, for us it didn’t work but that is a personal opinion. For others it may be ok.
Don’t let this put you off this little gem in suburbia, we would come back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua in quiet parklike surroundings only 3 mins from Rotorua Airport,and 12 mins to the famous geothermal attractions of Rotorua. This award winning resort hotel features luxurious accommodation with private balconies or courtyards with views to the lake; New Zealand's award winning fine dining Mokoia Restaurant specialising in indigenous herbs and spices which creates amazing taste sensations including a daily full vegetarian menu; superb personal service; relaxing Manary English lounge bar and the internationally acclaimed Wai Ora Day Spa featuring the 2011 and 2012 World Luxury Spa Award winning "New Zealand Cultural Spa "regime based on the geothermal muds of Rotorua and wellness practices of the Maori. Rotorua's only World Luxury Spa Award winner. Enjoy the tranquility of the landscaped gardens and serene sounds of the meandering spring feed stream as you enjoy the hot and cold pools, steam room and sauna that make up the Wai Ora Spa Water Experience. The ideal Rotorua relaxation, spa, food taste sensations destination and accommodation base for all other Rotorua activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wai Ora Lakeside Hotel
- Wai Ora Lakeside Resort