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A Culinary Experience Luxury B and B
Ranked #13 of 55 Nelson B&B and Inns
Whangamata, New Zealand
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35 reviews
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“EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

What a treat it was to stay with Kay and Joe. They are very welcoming and generous hosts and take such pride and pleasure in telling you about their life and how they came to be in Nelson. They love to show you their art collection and to share their passion for the Marlborough region. They have created a modern, stylish, quality home high on the hill with spectacular views overlooking Tasman bay. The rooms are beautiful with top quality linen and furnishings and as you would expect from their B&B name, the breakfasts are a culinary delight. Kay and Joe are very natural, warm and friendly hosts and we will be proud to consider them our friends. Our stay at A Culinary Experience and all the luxuries provided was a highlight of our South Island trip and it would have been nice if we could have stayed longer! Highly Recommended.

Room Tip: Both rooms are lovely - with one having a slightly larger bathroom and spa bath.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Chester, New York
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

For those of us who travel a lot, finding a very nice B&B with great view, interesting grounds, and lovely hosts is not a regular experience. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at A Culinary Experience in Nelson, at the end of a 3 weeks tour of NZ. On my arrival, Kay and Joe welcomed me more like an old friend than a first time customer they had just picked up after arriving (yes they do come and pick you up on arrival from airport or coach station). They are a lovely couple who are genuinely interested in making their guests stay comfortable and enriching. I thoroughly enjoyed staying at their place, and highly recommend their B&B to anybody who enjoys culture, arts, food, views, interesting gardens and pets, and a very good time with very interesting hosts. Nelson, NZ is a very nice and interesting little town, with lots of culture, fantastic Tasmin sea beaches, great shops and restaurants, and a must see as part of any good trip itinerary in NZ.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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SaucySister, Owner at A Culinary Experience Luxury B and B, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our B and B. We really enjoyed meeting you and hope that you will return to Nelson soon. Nelson is at the top of the South Island and enjoys the best weather in the country. We are enthusiastic about Nelson with its unique ambiance blending historic charm with emphasis on art and culture and are so glad that we could share our love of the city with you!
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

My husband and I were lucky enough to stay at A Culinary Experience for three days in March and can not say enough nice things. The hosts, Kay and Joe, were amazing and went out of their way to make us feel like friends rather than guests. If you are looking for a home away from home stay, this is the place to be. The rooms are spacious, clean and have amazing views. There is also a tremendous amount of privacy. The rooms have a nice assortment of teas and coffees with milk in the refrigerator. Kay even leaves fresh baked cookies for you. The breakfasts were incredible! Kay and Joe use fresh eggs from their chickens, blue berries from their garden and enhance the food with herbs they have grown. Kay is an incredible cook! Adding on the Culinary Experience was worth the time and money. We came home with several new recipes that we want to share with our friends. We would certainly stay there again!

Room Tip: As for the room on the far east side - more privacy and spectacular views!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Kay and Joe are welcoming hosts who love to share their passion for the Nelson area. The rooms are luxurious and comfortable with great attention to detail, down to the wide range of quality teas provided. The house sits high on a hill overlooking the remarkable ‘Boulder Bank’ a 13 km long stretch of rocky substrate which divides the Tasman Bay from the placid water on the landward side called the Nelson Haven. When the tide’s out the haven becomes very shallow in places, creating wonderful, constantly changing patterns. It's a magical spot. Kay's meals are absolutely delicious, with many ingredients sourced from her garden. The infrared sauna, about which we were initially a little hesitant, turned out to be a cleansing experience, well worth a try.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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De Queen, Arkansas
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Loved every minute we spent there... The accommodations are exceptional & luxurious..The view is breathtaking ...the host Joe & Kay are wonderful delightful engaging people...best place I have ever stayed ..

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Kay and Joe are great hosts. Very comfortable, private, and wonderful food. It was ideal for us. The property has and grand view of the coast from every room. I am a dog lover and having bijou and maki there was a bonus.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

A great place, very cozy and with a stunning view.
Kae and Joe are wonderful hosts, they made our stay unforgettable.
We had a delicious dinner prepared by Kae and enjoyed every minute spent with them.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: A Culinary Experience Luxury B and B
Address: 15 Seawatch Way | Atawhai, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — A Culinary Experience Luxury B and B 5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our purpose-built 5 star luxury B and B, completed in 2011 was designed for the discerning traveller. Book one of our sumptuous king rooms with 2 person shower or double spa bath and private deck or patio. Amazing seaviews from all rooms. Besides our gourmet breakfasts and dinners we offer in house massage, outdoor spa, infrared sauna, and cooking classes. Let us Pamper You! There are extensive gardens, 3 alpacas and a dozen free range chickens in a quiet rural setting, but very close to town (3 km). 3 or more nights recommended. Arrive as guests - leave as treasured friends. ... more   less 
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