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The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands

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#1 of 3 lodges in Opua
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Pool
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
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Infinity pool
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Flatscreen TV
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
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Languages Spoken
English, Arabic, Hindi
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Dibden wrote a review Mar 2024
Blackburn, United Kingdom41 contributions36 helpful votes
We arrived after a long drive to be welcomed by Glennis who showed us to our luxurious rooms with fantastic views. Minutes later we were relaxing in the small but perfectly formed infinity pool with a complimentary drink from the oft-replenished room fridges. Glennis and her husband Dave were perfect hosts, happy to provide information about the local area and even run us to the local town Paihia (about 5 mins drive away). Breakfast was good and extensive, beds comfortable and the setting and accommodation first rate. Do walk down to Opua Cruising Club, good cheap drinks and food on the quayside. Race nights are busy and the local welcoming.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Brummi990 wrote a review Nov 2023
Munich, Germany29 contributions10 helpful votes
Dream location with gorgeous views of the Bay of Islands. The owner prepared a wonderful breakfast for us. Luxury everywhere in the house! Thank you Glennis for your hospitality and the wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Robin C wrote a review Feb 2023
Simcoe, Canada29 contributions16 helpful votes
excellent room great view friendly management excellent included breakfast wonderful added dinner with owners .. very casual relaxed atmosphere wine beer included with stay beautiful views and grounds
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: willing to meet and socialize with others
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Carol C wrote a review Dec 2022
Mississauga, Canada12 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I spent three wonderful days with our hosts, Glennis and Dave at The Sanctuary. Everything was "as advertised" from the room itself to the glorious view. We were made to feel welcome from the beginning and we felt like part of the family. Breakfasts were shared with the other guests, which gave us an opportunity to share ideas about exploring the area (and Glennis had all kinds of wonderful suggestions). The highlight for us were two exceptional dinners that Glennis prepared for us. These were an added option, but worth every penny. If you let her know of any dietary requirements, she will adjust the meal according. Staying at The Sanctuary was a fabulous way to spend our anniversary.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Rod Jones wrote a review Dec 2022
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom12 contributions1 helpful vote
I think anyone would struggle to find fault with this fabulous place. Our room was spacious, with everything we needed. The communal areas were really comfortable and a real home from home. And the breakfast options were well thought out, and tasty. You feel well looked after and that nothing is too much trouble. Thank you so much Glennis, and Dave, for a wonderful relaxing stay. Memories of our time with you will last forever.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Peter B wrote a review Nov 2022
Sorrento, Italy4 contributions
We very much enjoyed our three night stay. The bedroom and bathroom were lovely and the views from our room and the deck were stunning. Glennis was a very good host. She cooked two excellent evening meals for us and the breakfasts were also very good.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Travel805819 wrote a review Sept 2022
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I cannot explain how wonderful it was to enter this “home”. Glennis (the owner) was welcoming us and made a fantastic dinner - home cooked - and tasted like a real home cooked dinner. Rooms were very clean, super beds, bathroom with all you need and we both (mom and son - separate rooms) had rooms with a beautiful view over the hills and the bay. You do need a car to go almost anywhere, so that is recommended. We went fishing and came back with fresh fish which Glennis then cooked for us 2 days in a row. Wonder place, wonderful owner. Please just go there.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tr4vellover wrote a review Aug 2022
Auckland, New Zealand101 contributions55 helpful votes
This is a welcoming and warm luxury experience. Glennis is a fantastic host who takes care of her guests with every comfort, wonderful breakfasts and dinners, and make you feel at home. India the cat is a cute little menace but we and she survived! This was a lovely start to our Bay of Islands holiday.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Diamonds2 wrote a review Dec 2021
Northland44 contributions8 helpful votes
I searched for a secluded getaway in the Bay of Islands, and that is what we found for our wedding anniversary weekend getaway. Even before arrival, Glennis made every effort to exceed our expectations. We were able to check in a bit early due to having lunch booked across in Russell. On arrival we were greeted by our lovely hostess. Unbeknownst to me, hubby had asked for specific flowers to be in the room, they were a lovely surprise. The room was a delight, there are 4 rooms with decks that look out over native bush to the sea beyond. The sound of birdsong on the deck was lovely. The breakfasts prepared by Glennis were amazing, with a selection of cut-up fresh fruits, nuts, grains, juices, tea, and coffee. On our second morning, we had cooked breakfast which was equally delicious. On our actual anniversary, Glennis cooked us a beautiful 3-course meal, one of the best meals we have had. We had lovely massages as well. Glennis was the best hostess, on hand to chat to us, but did not impose on our time either. We will be making this a regular stay-away venue.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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K&T wrote a review Sept 2021
Waipu, New Zealand42 contributions53 helpful votes
Relaxing atmosphere & awesome hospitality. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. Breakfast provided each day was delicious, home made muesli & a variety of fresh fruit. Just what we like. Glenys (owner) cooked us the most delicious three course dinner on our last night, this was better than restaurant quality food. Our room had a lovely outlook & everything we needed. Immaculately clean & serviced daily. A lovely homely stay. Highly recommended & would most definitely return.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
$418 - $616 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
bay of islands hotel opua
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Bay of Islands Lodge
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionBay of IslandsOpua
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands
Which popular attractions are close to The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands?
Nearby attractions include Pompallier Mission and Printery (5.3 km), Waitangi Treaty Grounds (5.3 km), and Flagstaff Hill (6.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands?
Conveniently located restaurants include Third Wheel Coffee Co., Terra Restaurant, and Omata Estate Vineyard & Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Opua.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and Arabic.
Does The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the bay view available here.