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“World top 10...hmmm, a bit of an overhype”
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Owner description: Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s leading international day spa. In a picturesque, tranquil setting overlooking Lake Rotorua, visitors can enjoy a wonderful fusion of relaxing hot spring pool bathing, sumptuous spa and massage therapies and picturesque lake views. Polynesian Spa has the use of two types of hot mineral water, one alkaline and one acidic, that are the unique point of difference of the operation. Many thousands of visitors to the spa have attested to the remedial effect the hot mineral waters have on such ailments as muscular complaints, arthritis and rheumatism. The Priest and Radium springs are most noted in this respect. We invite you to experience this World Top Ten Spa (natural/thermal/medical), as voted by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller magazine for several years and once again in 2011. We look forward to welcoming you to Polynesian Spa.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“World top 10...hmmm, a bit of an overhype”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Arrived with two kids, checked in for the 'Family Spa', which represents one middle-size pool with a slide, and two little pools with hot water. Other 4 pools are available for additional 40 bucks per person (15 bucks for the kids) - no, thanks. And also romantic 'private' pools with lake-view for again additional cost. I've been to several spa, I can tell you that there are at least 9 better only in Hungary. I mean it's OK, nice thermal water, clean, etc, but nothing special, at least for the family area.

Visited January 2013
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PolynesianSpa, Manager at Polynesian Spa, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. As always we appreciate your comments so we can continue to improve and provide quality service that lives up to guests expectations. The Family Spa is ideal for families with the fresh water pool for the kids and hot mineral bathing pools for the entire family. I would recommend that you indulge in our deluxe Lake Spa for a luxury experience. We look forward to hosting you in the future.
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

It was my second time here and will always visit when I'm in Rotorua. We went in the adult pools only-which I think is great value. There were a few people there but we were able to try out all the different pools without being too crowded. The view at night over the lake is lovely and I'd recommend to visit late evening for this reason.

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PolynesianSpa, Manager at Polynesian Spa, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
THank you for taking the time to post a review. It was our pleasure hosting you. I am glad you felt you received good value for money and enjoyed the view over the stunning lake Rotorua. We look forward to hosting you in the future :)
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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“Great spa with great views”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

I enjoyed the Lake Spa thermal pools one afternoon with friends in January 2013. The spa has a nice, clean change room and shower area with body wash, towels, and a locker included. The vibe outside is perfect, with four pools ranging in temperature from 36 to 42 Celsius. A cold shower is available to wake you up in between dips. There are a number of lounge chairs available to sit back in while you take in the view of the lake in the background. After spending a few hours relaxing here, we all agreed that this was a great value and a nice change of pace from all the other more intense activities to do in Rotorua. The smell isn't even that bad here!

Spa treatments are available at additional cost, and there is a separate family pool and some private spa pools available too if you are looking for a little different experience. A nice gift shop at the entrance has all kinds of aromatic goodies to keep the sulfur of Rotorua at bay. Recommended.

Visited January 2013
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PolynesianSpa, Manager at Polynesian Spa, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your bathing experience in the Lake Spa. This is our deluxe area and we are continually looking for ways to add value to this area, most recently the heated recliners. It is also great to see you felt you received good value for money! We look forward to hosting you here in the future.
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Lovely spot”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Individual/private spa pools are great, however the family area is just like a public pool, so it wasn't so special. The smell in Rotorua was something to behold!

Visited January 2013
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PolynesianSpa, Manager at Polynesian Spa, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. we are always looking for ways that we can improve so your comments are appreciated. I am glad you enjoyed the Private Pools, it is very suitable for those of our guests who want some down time. We hope you return in the future for another bathing experience.
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“So Relaxing!!!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We had been travelling all day in the rain so treated ourselves to a private deluxe pool with a view of the lake. At $54 for 30 minutes for 2 it was not cheap but it was really, really good. The pool was 38 degrees so not too hot and the water made us quite boyant. It was extremely relaxing to float in the warm pool, which had a pebbly bottom so felt like a riverbed, looking out over the lake. It was an extremely relaxing half hour.
Do not worry if you do not have a towel as they rent them.

Visited July 2012
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PolynesianSpa, Manager at Polynesian Spa, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. It was our pleasure to host you. I am glad that you enjoyed your bathing experience. Pricing is always something we consider but we believe it is in line with other attractions in Rotorua. We look forward to having you here in the future. Safe travels :)
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