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Cavalli Beach House Retreat
Ranked #1 of 3 Kaeo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed April 26, 2010

My husband and I had the pleasure of 2 nights at this awesome place. Driving down the private road to the beach house was quite special. Inside the main dining room and on the main deck was better than the brochure. The room was very well appointed. The hosts Carrie and Richard have been in the hospitality business for many years and they have perfected the casual friendly approach that is also very professional. We enjoyed the privacy of the deck off our room.

If you like to relax in 5star luxury, this is the place. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2010

We loved our stay: it was the end of the summer season, so we had the run of the place to ourselves. And, even better, the undivided attention of our hosts, who are both great fun yet they run a thoroughly professional but laid back establishment. Even full, it only has 3 bedrooms: so you are never going to suffer a crowd! And it really feels like a 'Retreat': a stunning drive, looking down onto the Northland coast and islands, and then you drop down into a pretty little bay and beach. It's this view that 'wow's' you from every room: the bedrooms with their private balconies and the dining room.
And a final word about the food: superb, and far too much of it! We were meant to be B&B, but so enjoyed dinner on the first night, that we opted for it for the rest of the stay.
"We shall return", to mis-quote a famous General.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2010

This 3 bedroom lodge is terrific. When we were there the owners were away but they had hired a wonderful couple to cook and take care of us. The regular bedrooms are tiny but the suite we had is large. They all have great balconies and you have use of the beach and the living/dining room too.
It is at least a 25 minute drive to other dinner dining options but staying in for dinner was delightful.
The beach is not private and a group came and camped out on the weekend but it was still quiet and wonderful. Nice swimming and kayaking.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank maruth
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Reviewed March 19, 2010

This was our first non-urban hotel experience in new Zealand and it lived up to the billing of serenity and personal service. The Barons are great hosts, but discrete enough to let the newcomers enjoy time alone . They recommended some great hikes and the kayaking was ideal. Carrie is a wonderful cook and treated us to some of the best meals we had on our trip.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

Jo and Grant really looked after us all during our stay.


We had a fabulous stay and Mary's 50th birthday was memorable.

These fantastic people really made us and our friends feel very welcomed.


Grant's meals were truly superb.


Mary's said her highlight was having her own personal chef.

The location and setting was brilliant!

  • Stayed: February 2010
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

Well - says it all, really. We chose Cavalli as a place for a short, peaceful break with a bit of pampering. And it exceeded our hopes.

The bedroom was large and comfortable. The view was beautiful. The food was fantastic (and the wines were not the usual rip off - just a little above bottle shop prices).

The hosts looked after our every need. We were indeed pampered. If only we did not live on the other side of the world, we'd be back...!

Just a small word of warning - it is a long twisty drive to another restaurant. But, hey, who would want to eat elsewhere?

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2009

We and our friends began our month-long visit to NZ at Cavalli Beach House, and it set the measuring guide for the remainder of the trip. Carrie and Richard are the perfect hosts, great senses of humor, and really made us feel at home. Carrie's food was FABULOUS!
We greatly enjoyed the beach and kayaking their quiet bay, and we hiked to the "trig" for stunning views of the area. It was also close of Kauri Cliffs Golf Club, which all of us played and very much enjoyed.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Cavalli Beach House Retreat

Address: Mahinepua Rd | Rd 1, Kaeo 0478, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Kaeo
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Kaeo
Price Range: $299 - $420 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Cavalli Beach House Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cavalli Beach House Retreat is a fabulous "absolute beachfront" 5 star property at Mahinepua - 45 minutes north of Kerikeri in the Far North of New Zealand. Comprising three guest suites with Pacifica based decor - the Ocean Suite which has it's own large sitting room and the two Ocean Rooms, all with large balconies and spectacular views. A magical combination of adventure, romance and cuisine with the emphasis on local fresh produce and our homegrown vegetables, salads and herbs.Enjoy our hillside jacuzzi and sleep to the sound of waves.The Cavalli Beach House Retreat offers true coastal solitude in a unique and stunning environment - a point of difference for the ultimate New Zealand experience. ... more   less 
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