My husband and I were blown away by every aspect of Split Apple Retreat. Host Lee Nelson searched NZ for years to find the perfect location, and it's absolutely sublime. You look out across the most beautiful bay to picture postcard views of tiny uninhabited islands, the cute town of Motueka and Abel Tasman National Park. Even on the chilliest NZ days, the retreat was bathed in sunlight. Lee is a retired US doctor who's passionate about 'functional foods' and the impact they can have on longevity. If you're interested (and we certainly were) he'll explain why some foods are better than others, and the benefits that certain 'superfoods' can offer to mind and body. His gorgeous wife Pen is a great chef who creates amazing meals with the ingredients as you're learning about them. We came home feeling really inspired about eating better and (hopefully) living longer as a result. The bedroom suites are divine and very private (we came home with plans to buy the exact same bed) and the whole place is adorned with incredible Asian artworks collected by Lee over three decades. The best thing, though, was that everything was so relaxed. Nothing is 'shoved down your throat' - you can relax in the cinema room, hike in the national park, explore the nearby Nelson wine and art region or exercise in the gym before relaxing in the sauna and spa. I know I've used heaps of gushing superlatives but I totally guarantee this place. It's brilliant.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz and Expedia so you can book your Split Apple Retreat reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.