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Split Apple Retreat
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

We agree with all the previous reviews mentioning the highlights of this unusual and unique property. We stayed with Lee and Pen over Easter weekend. Every detail was attended to during our stay including reservations for activities in advance of arrival and food preferences while we were there. Pen is an extraordinary cook and everything you eat will be delicious and healthy. Lee maintains a vast and interesting wine cellar which we really enjoyed! The views from each room are spectacular and so private that you feel you are the only ones staying there. The Japanese soaking tub and dual showers were amazing as well as the steam room and "detox box."
Treat yourself to this wonderful hotel and you will have a lasting memory of your stay in Abel Tasman and New Zealand as we did!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2014

Lee and Pen have truly created a very unique retreat that caters to every sensual experience possible. The caring and relaxed attention from Lee as he leads you toward beneficial health and lifestyle choices is complimented by Pen's gentle charm that she translates to food with a passion. The stunning art , antiques and architecture are set within a window on what must be the most beautiful part of NZ . There is no place like it !

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Paulorinoco
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

My stay with Lee and Pen was an experience that I will never forget. The bedroom missed no detail and the view from it was quite the most stunning one could imagine. One was totally spoilt with Pens ability to produce wonderfully flavoursome and healthy food. Every need is met in this beautiful resort. It was an amazing experience.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Joanne980
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

Lee and Pen have developed a truly exceptional experience for their guests.

The location looks out on one of the most beautiful vistas in New Zealand, and the architecture captures the views perfectly. You wake to look out on a view of the sea, islands and sky that is a perfect start to the day. The Nelson region has a multitude of options for recreation, or you may choose to relax at the resort.

The attention to detail in the architecture, and landscaping is an ongoing process of discovery during your stay. The quality truly matches the promise.

The holistic experience of fabulous food, wellness (as you chose to experience it), and relaxation is unique.

You will find Lee and Pen perfect hosts, who will cater enthusiastically and thoughtfully for your needs; and provide the privacy to relax and make the most of your time.

Split Apple Retreat is unique in New Zealand, I would be most surprised if you would find this level of expertise and service delivered personally anywhere else.

Room Tip: The rooms are all designed to capture the views, and each has a private garden.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Grant123846
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

Unique is a much overused word but it is the only way to describe this retreat which overlooks the pristine costal scenery of the Tasman Bay in the North West of the South Island of New Zealand. Set in a beautifully crafted Japanese garden the accommodation and facilities are among the best I have experienced anywhere in the world with every modern hi tec. convenience and comfort in a serene ambience created by the hosts Pen and Lee. For those who want it Lee provides a wellness programme which allows guests to leave their cares at the door and return to the world happy and relaxed. All of this is supplemented by an excellent wine cellar and Pen's cooking which is among the best I have experienced anywhere.

Room Tip: They are all good with equally fine views over the bay
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

My fiancé and I had the absolute privilege of spending two nights with Lee and Penn. The cooking was amazing (thanks Penn), the host entertaining and informative, and the facilities outstanding. Imagine waking to a panorama of coastline, sparkling sea, islands and drifting yachts. A meditation experience, followed by a sumptuous, healthy breakfast, a sauna, a soak in a hot tub and a walk down to a beach area of golden sand. You cannot help but experience and soak up the peace and tranquility that exudes from this retreat.
Each meal was a gastronomic delight and had the added benefit of also being healthy!
I cannot speak highly enough of this slice of paradise.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Calamari1041
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

My husband and I have been fortunate to have stayed in some of the top hotels and resorts in the world and Split Apple Retreat is certainly in that category. The retreat is perfect in every way. Each guest's health and wellness is addressed by infrared saunas, new technology meditation, massages and delicious, personalized cuisine. The retreat itself is breathtaking by its Zen-like Japanese architecture and gardens. You are also surrounded by the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park with golden sands, turquoise waters and blue skies. It was definitely a unique retreat and one we hope to return to very soon.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Additional Information about Split Apple Retreat

Address: 195 Tokongawa Drive | Rd2, Abel Tasman National Park 7197, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Abel Tasman National Park
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Abel Tasman National Park
Price Range: $1,494 - $1,773 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Split Apple Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 3
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