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Manawa Ridge
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

I was looking for a somewhere to go for a short break away and found a deal for a night at Manawa Ridge. Wow - we were blown away. It's such a unique place! Carla & Willem are wonderful hosts. The food Carla cooked was so delicious. I booked the Shire suite as it has it's own fireplace - something my husband really enjoys. We loved the views from the "Turret" - absolutely magnificent. Sitting in our private spa pool outside at night watching the stars was magical. This place is really an oasis in a busy world. We would highly recommend staying here - but make sure you stay for a minimum of two nights. We should've stayed an extra night, but there's always next time!

Jackie Rose

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

My partner and I stayed here for 1 night and arrived home feeling like we'd been away for a week! It's simply magical! Time stops and you just seem to become a part of the spectacular view and the nature that's surrounds you. (I know that sounds crazy but this place is seriously special) Aside from that the ambient music being played throughout, the sound of the waterfall, the candles lit as dusk falls, the outside very private spa bath, the changing vista as the sunsets (that you can watch from the turret as you sip your beautiful New Zealand wine and are treated to pre dinner nibbles), the sumptuous and plentiful towels in the room, crisp linens sheets, every detail has been thought of by the divine owners Carla and Willem! They are the perfect hosts, friendly and welcoming nothing was too much trouble, INTERESTING and also (this I find very important) gave us plenty of space to just, be. I could write a whole essay on the perfectly cooked, free range organic food they served, I'll simply say, go try it for yourself! The walk to the beach needs a certain level of fitness but is definately worth it. Simply a sublime experience all round.

Room Tip: Have put not sure re room service as we only stayed one night. All the rooms are gorgeous and unique
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

We arranged a two night winter package special at Manawa Ridge which included a gourmet breakfast, 4 course dinner with pre dinner drinks and appetisers and FABULOUS company. Willem and Carla were exceptional hosts with incredible service and who made us feel like dear friends. We stayed in the Rivendell Suite which had (along with the other 2 suites) the most incredible views from the property which is over 300 metres above sea level. We relaxed in the outdoor spa bath whilst taking in the stunning views up the coast towards Coromandel and out to sea. Breakfast was a feast and dinner a banquet! From the moment we arrived we felt the stresses of life fade away as we were able to take our time, relax and enjoy the glorious surroundings of Manawa Ridge. We hope to make this a yearly romantic getaway. Thank you Willem and Carla

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Lovely location and delightful hosts. Pampered from start to finish.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

We visited Manawa Ridge during our honeymoon in July 2011 and it was a real treat. The location and views from the three guest rooms were outstanding and there is an excellent viewing turret to take best advantage of them. The meals prepared by Willem and Carla were delicious and of restaurant standard; some of the food is produced on the farm. The property was built by Willem and Carla themselves using reclaimed materials resulting in an environmentally friendly eco-lodge. Each room is uniquely appointed to a high standard: one even has a basin fashioned from a tree burl. Most of all, Willem and Carla as hosts were warm welcoming people who really turned what would have been a nice stay into a thoroughly outstanding one. We really enjoyed their company! Many thanks and hope to see you again sometime soon!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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