A late review but I have to say the St Regis is a must. From its stunning views of the water and mountain to the attentive staff and mouthwatering food. Upon arrival we were greeted by our butler and shown the grounds. Even though tired from travelling, we greatly appreciated this tour as it helped us remember locations and plan out what we would like to do each day. Once shown to our villa we were greeted with a french champagne dear to my heart and further attentiveness from our butler in order to confirm special nights that we had pre-booked.
Our villa directly overlooked Mount Otemanu and it was wonderful. Bigger than our apartment and luxurious too, we enjoyed pulling open the curtains and waking each morning to a spectacular view. Coffee on the deck with the warm breeze on our faces was an indulgence to remember.
Good food is important to us and we really enjoyed what we were offered. As well as eating at Kaina Hut and Villa Mahana, we frequented the below in-house restaurants too.
Superb location overlooking the mountain with knowledgeable waiters for wine recommendations for all budgets and impeccable attention from the staff. We recommend booking a table outside for sunset views with Mount Otemanu looking over you. Our meal was so good - french inspired with delicious ingredients. Even a drink on the deck before our dinner on the beach was just so relaxing. Love it.
Breakfasts are served here are great and comprise of a buffet including beautiful crisp pastries, breads to make your mouth water and the usual assortment of hot and cold foods. We asked for eggs benedict on one occasion which was delicious and just the right portion size. Over looking the beach, it is a perfect way to finish waking up to the fragrant sunny mornings. Weekends include the Blood Mary Ritual where you can pour your own. Dinner in the evening was good with lovely staff (Melady) and mediterranean/asian inspired courses.
Activities we enjoyed included cayaking, snorkelling in the St Regis lagoonarium (pretty!) and of course massages in their Spa. The adult-only pool was a nice retreat with private cabanas and at this time of the year, they were not very busy. We really recommend booking at least one excursion or activity - we booked privately with Damian and cannot recommend him enough.
Concierge at the St Regis is top-notch. Anything we had to query or organise was dealt with promptly and efficiently with much advice and recommendations for those not familiar to the area.
*Room for improvement*
One of the areas we feel can be improved would be the Spa. Whilst the treatment was pretty good, the Spa itself leaves a lot to be desired. There was a lack of atmosphere and the ladies changing/waiting area looked dated. The sauna was broken and the outdoor pools on the deck had been covered over. As there are many people booked for the "couples massage", you feel that you are herded in and out with no special attention. They certainly do not want you to linger. We were surprised by this considering how immaculate the rest of the resort is and I personally thought it very disappointing.
Breakfast in the morning in Te Pahu whilst delicious, needs better service from the staff. There is an air of distraction/boredom - some which can kind of permeate your mood in the morning... which is such a shame when in a sunny turquoise-happy environment.
Thanks to Pacific for Less for organising our trip which we had been planning for so long and to St Regis for looking after us so well during our stay.
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