Although this hotel is quite expensive, it is no more so than an ordinary hotel in Europe, and the service and experience is FAR better. The hotel itself is really enchanting, our balcony looked out onto beautiful tropical looking greenery.
The check-in was personal and thorough, we were treated to canapes and champagne upon arrival. The hotpools is just at the back of the hotel, making it easy to relax and unwind after a big day hiking.
One day we decided not to have the room serviced and were surprised to find a basket of goodies and towels to replenish the bathroom with.
I would also recommend the hotel restaurant, they do an excellent degustation dinner. We had breakfast included in our stay and the food was delicious and of a very high standard. There was a wide variety of hot breakfast options as well as continental buffet, you can even order off a menu and get a personalised omelette or salmon bagel.
The only downside was the night turndown, the staff member didn't knock and walked straight into the room, which is a bit of an intrusion to privacy.
Highly recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to go to Franz Josef. Worth the little extra $$.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury hotels in New Zealand don't get any better than this! Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star Qualmark rated retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury. Te Waonui Forest Retreat promises all its guests a truly unique and memorable experience. At one with nature, the five-star Qualmark rated Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the ultimate coming together of luxury escape and environmental awareness. Great care has been taken to ensure this exceptional forest retreat steps lightly upon the earth, from the organic cotton bedspreads to its recycled local building materials. Discerning travellers will appreciate the hotel’s attention to detail, which starts with attentive personal service upon arrival, and continues throughout all the hotel facilities and every aspect of your stay. As our guest you will enjoy exceptional quality and service, including: Luxuriously appointed guest rooms, generously proportioned and featuring the highest standard of room amenities, such as your personal pillow menu, natural wool mattress underlay, and high speed Internet access. Dining among the tres in ‘The Canopy’ restaurant, and savouring quality local cuisine, including an indulgent five-course degustation dinner. Innovative, environmentally sustainable architecture and building materials that create a healthy, warm and quiet haven for you to enjoy. Easy access to many excellent local attractions, including the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, just minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef