We just stayed two nights in the "Green Room". It was spacious, beautifully decorated and cozy, with views of the snow-capped mountains. They'd even turned on the heater to warm it up for us.
From the moment we arrived, Lindsay and Jo, and Molly the golden spaniel, welcomed us as if we were long-time friends. They showed us around, showed us how everything worked and made us feel at home.
We were given a menu to choose from, for next morning's 3-course breakfast. It was a hard decision, believe me.
Next morning, we went into breakfast in the sunny conservatory, to find freshly-squeezed orange juice waiting for us. Shortly afterwards, our hearty porridge arrived. We had the choice of maple syrup, brown sugar and/or cream to add if we so desired. That filled me up and there were still 2 courses to go! Along with the herb tea for me and freshly brewed coffee for my husband, next to arrive was a warm loaf of swiss bread, with a choice of jams and butter. But wait, there's more! Next was the main course - an omlete with my husband's choice of fillings (salmon, tomato, mushrooms and cheese) - and for me, the biggest order of french toast I'd ever seen. For a split second, I literally thought it was a birthday cake that Jo was bringing to me. It was stacked high with a toothpick holding the french toast, bacon, bananas and grapes, (as well as some kiwifruit and orange for good measure). WOW! I couldn't believe it. I don't know how, but I did manage to finish it all off. Both our meals were absolutely delightful. I can tell you, we needed a jolly long walk and some more soaking in the hot pools after that.
That night we had to choose our breakfast all over again. I ended up choosing the lemon honey pancakes and this time my husband chose the french toast.
Again, next morning, we were treated to the most delicious, decadent breakfasts. It was -2 and frosty outside, but the conservatory was toasty warm. Lindsay and Jo sat down with a coffee with us and made us feel really welcome.
We have been to Hanmer Springs three times now. This is by far the best place we have stayed. The accommodation is superior, the breakfast is amazing and the hosts are the epitome of great South Islanders. They couldn't have treated us better.
We would definitely recommend you stay there, you'll be in for a treat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A place where magic happens .! Legendary 3-course delicious and nutritious breakfasts! This contemporary lodge is embraced by peace, views, & all day sun. The courtyard with lavenders & soothing waterfall is a unique feature. You can enjoy Vibrant Living Retreat famous 3 course breakfast, freshly made smoothies, healthier cooked breakfasts, homemade breads, offering over 10 great choices. Choose from super-king lodge suites or Spa Suite, 3 bedroom Peaceful cottage, Alpine Villa or go self-contained. Other facilities and activities in-lodge is our Day Spa Mountain View Massage and Yoga classes.Vibrant Living Retreat is the perfect place to come to unwind, relax , explore and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. ... more less
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