We stayed two nights toward the beginning of July. The eerie part was that the first night I think one other room was taken but the second I'm quite sure we were alone in the place. I enjoyed that it was away from town (and for the most part the smell). It was very quiet and peaceful. The room had the highest quality everything which was nice to see. We had dinner in the restaurant which (to be honest like most of the food we had in new zealand) didn't live up to expectations. It was good, but not as spectacular as I had read to be honest. I have to be honest, in general, I think it's a spectacular place. The lake views are sublime, the quality is top notch and the staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. We were totally let down on our last morning, when...there was no hot water. The previous night we had been asked if we were having a problem but we'd been out all night at Mitai and didn't even have occasion to use it. The next morning there wasn't a drop of hot water. Seeing as we were in a rush we didn't report it until check out. It would have easily received 5 stars, but with no shower in the AM, I can't do it.
- 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 10 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 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