The first thing you need to know is that every review below, except that by James G G, is of a previous version of Cliff Edge by the Sea. Peter Meier has “reverted” the facility to a fully hosted three-room guest lodge, with common guest areas occupying a separate floor (we guess that the kitchen, where Peter cooks, is not really part of the “common guest areas”, though). It is this current version that we will review.
We stayed at Cliff Edge by the Sea for three nights, and were very happy with the experience. Each room has a stunning view of the Bay of Islands - the exterior walls are almost entirely floor-to-ceiling windows, with a spacious balcony! Our bed was comfortable, the room has a well-organized storage area, and the bath was well-appointed. The large common guest area has a wrap-around balcony. It is nicely furnished, with plenty of books, CDs, and DVDs available: at a minimum, it is a pleasant area in which to share cocktail hour with other guests. It also has a dining area, where one has a good breakfast (the cost of which is included with the booking). As a place to stay while visiting the Bay of Islands area, we highly recommend Cliff Edge.
Even more so, we recommend that you agree to have Peter cook dinner for you. (In passing, let it be known that we both REALLY appreciated Peter’s sense of humor. Okay, it’s dry, but sharp as a perfectly-honed French chef’s knife! Beyond that, it is a joy to talk with Peter because of his background, knowledge, and experience.) We shared two 3-course dinners with two British guests during our three-night stay. First was a marvelous Thai meal, including tod mun with a wonderful sauce, chicken curry, and prawns. Second was a great NZ dinner, with smoked (by Peter) salmon, and lamb chops. Very good wines, suggested by Peter, complemented the dishes (included in the price of the meal). You will enjoy learning how Peter came to be a gourmet cook and expert on wines, by talking with him during your stay!
Go to New Zealand, visit the Bay of Islands, and stay with Peter: you’ll be glad you did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cliff Edge, by the Sea provides a unique accommodation experience in NZs stunning Bay of Islands, combining the warmth and comfort of a private residence with the sophistication of a boutique hotel.The Lodge has 3 guest bedrooms and a one bedroom studio apartment.The bedrooms [approx. 4X4 mtrs]are tastefully appointed, decorated in warm neutral colors,luxurious carpets, floor to ceiling windows and silk block out silk curtains.All rooms have their own suite bathrooms with walk in showers. In addition the Waitangi room has a large jacuzzi Breakfast is included in the tariff, dinners are a relaxed 3-4 course affairs catering only for in house guests. they are optional but highly recommended.Your host Peter Meier is an accomplished chef, who in his restaurant days "Casuarina Restaurant & Country Inn" in Australias Hunter Valley wine country won many culinary awards ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cliff Edge By The Sea Bay Of Islands/Opua, New Zealand