I have been a regular visitor to Ahu Ahu for the past 7 years and there is seriously nothing else like it probably anywhere in the world! These carefully crafted villas have absorbed the spirits of their owners, the lovely David & Nuala, who crafted them, and many others who may have traveled on the railway sleepers or gazed through the recycled windows in times gone by. If you want someone to swipe your credit card on arrival, a wardrobe with mega coat hangers and 24 hr room service go stay somewhere else! This is where people with souls come to nurture them.
Each of the 4 villas is built slightly differently with a predominance of recycled timber including huge beams with bolts or the shadows of where they have been. The floors are polished concrete with shells from the beach sprinkled throughout some are Paua which sparkles in the sun which streams through the north facing windows. Even in winter Ahu Ahu feels as if it has central heating, as the materials seem to retain the heat, although in summer the villas are cool and comfortable.
I always bring my own groceries and drinks. There is a good sized fridge, 4 cooktop elements and a microwave with plenty of saucepans etc........... Good glasses are plentiful whether you what to have soft drinks, wine or champagne. There are big containers of tea, ground coffee and sugar, olive oil for cooking and balsamic for flavoring. You will have to do your own dishes with organic dish wash liquid and use a good strong absorbent tea towel to dry them.
The TV is a small, modern, flat screen digital on satellite with sufficient channels to satisfy most people other than those who perhaps don't like to listen to the sound of the sea, the NZ Wood Pigeon, Tui or other myriad of birds populating the area. The modern stereo accommodated my IPod, providing excellent sound, and mobile phone coverage is good. There is wireless broadband for those attached to the internet.
The villas are ideal for an individual or couple and 4 people can stay with 2 in single beds on the mezzanine floor. Yes, you will be able to hear one another! If you can't cope with that go get a hotel or motel with two bedrooms. I doubt we'll miss you here.
David and Nuala have the wonderful ability to make you feel like you are the most important guest they have ever had the pleasure of hosting. They respect your privacy but welcome you with open arms. You will feel nourished and completely at home. Whether you want to sit outside your villa under the sun umbrella contemplating the waves or walk over the soft grass to get to them, this is a place for people with soul who celebrate the joys of difference. The most interesting people in the world are probably not concerned if their clothes aren't hanging in a wardrobe!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern accommodation in a rustic style, Ahu Ahu Beach Villas and Oraukawa Lodge are set in farmland with stunning seaviews from every room and only a short stroll from the beach and famed surf breaks. The Villas are ideal for a romantic getaway or family luxury holiday. Oraukawa Lodge can be yours for a function or event, and is well set up for business meetings and corporate events in inspiring surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ahu Ahu Beach Villas Hotel New Plymouth