With a magical atmosphere of open fires, antique furniture, epic ocean views and fantastic fusion food, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is a welcoming, boutique-chic hotel near Matauri Bay on New Zealand’s North Island. This five-star destination is perched on a clifftop looking out over the South Pacific, and surrounded by the gently undulating greens of its own first-class golf course.
Set within native Totara forest, the spa at Kauri Cliffs overlooks a babbling stream and gardens of lush ferns. Therapies include massages, facials and body wraps, which can be taken out on the private patio areas when the weather is warm.
There are 22 suites at the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, two to each of the guest cottages that are dotted around the 6,000 acres of grounds. All of the stylish suites have living areas with high-tech flat-screen TVs, DVD players and music systems, plus luxurious bathrooms with super-size baths and his ’n’ hers basins. They also have private balconies with views of the golf course or ocean. There’s also the Owner’s Cottage, which has 2/3 bedrooms – ideal for families.
As well as the championship golf course, there are two tennis courts, indoor pool and Jacuzzi and outdoor infinity pool at Kauri Cliffs. A short walk takes you to three private beaches, including the Pink Beach where barbecues are held during summer. You can also hire mountain bikes, or try a guided nature walk, fishing or horse riding during your stay.
Meals at Kauri Cliffs are taken in the elegant dining room, where an imposing fireplace and wrought-iron chandelier preside over the warm wood furniture. You can also opt to eat outside on the verandah overlooking the ocean, and the staff will happily make up a gourmet picnic for you to enjoy in the gardens or further afield.
139 Tepene Tablelands RoadMatauri BayNew Zealand0478