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“Split Apple Retreat won't just recharge your batteries - it could extend your life” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Split Apple Retreat
Certificate of Excellence
Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews
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“Split Apple Retreat won't just recharge your batteries - it could extend your life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2010

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.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2010

The first thing that you notice when you step off the plane in Nelson is the crisp, clean air. It is wonderfully refreshing to a city dweller.

On arrival at the retreat, you find that you are in a place where East meets West, and the traditional blending with the modern. Wi-fi internet access is available throughout the house - very important for a wired person like me. It is a magnificent three-level building with a very strong Zen influence. It is tastefully filled with authentic Asian art pieces, mostly Japanese. It is opulent without being ostentatious.

The retreat is a fantastic place to reflect and rejuvenate. It is well-secluded and everything is so quiet, especially at night. Soaking in the large hot Japanese tub in the still of the night, listening to Bach and looking out to the ocean, is a meditative experience not to be missed.

Lee and Pen were wonderful hosts, and the meals, personally prepared by Pen, were a culinary delight. And being able to experience and learn about a healthy approach to living from Lee was an added bonus.

My whole stay was a fantastic experience - it is difficult to express the sense of peace and level of relaxation that one feels there. I certainly felt very at peace and recharged after my stay. It is certainly at the top of my list for places that I would visit again. Actually, I think I want a home just like it.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2010

Split Apple was an extra-ordinary experience.
It has just 3 (or 4) totally stunning rooms, astonishing location, breathtaking views and the very best food and service we have ever enjoyed.
It's run by a husband a wife team - he an American doctor who is committed to the view that our lives can be immeasurably improved, and we can live longer and better, with the right focus on what we eat and drink - she, a fun Thai lady who is an extraordinary culinary artist, cooking only the freshest of seasonal foods.
One evening, just a sunset, we all climbed down to the beach and dug for pipi's (the small clams) which we then had at mealtimes the next day.
The days were spent walking the adjacent pristine national park, sailing the protected waters or fishing and the nights often watching movies in the 10 person theatre.
But what changed our lives was that we'd accepted the invitation of Dr Lee Nelson (yes - the famous poker player and poker author) to bring along a range of recent blood tests. He studied these and then, individually and carefully, he worked through what these showed in a way that we'd never seen before, explaining that, as a whole, these tests revealed how our bodies were functioning and what strengths and weaknesses they revealed. He then talked each of us through what could be done to improve the ways our bodies were functioning; what elements could be boosted and what needed some help. This meeting changed each of our lives - my wife in gaining an incredibly positive insight into just how strong her key indicators were; me in seeing just what I needed to do to improve my chances of living a longer and better life. The result is that, just 5 months later, I have lost weight and significantly improved key readings such as LDL cholesterol and blood pressure.
So we had a brilliant 6 nights, in an idyllic location (we were in the Japanese suite) and gained some life-changing insights.
What a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Abel Tasman National Park
Hotel Class:5 star — Split Apple Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 3
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