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Don B
Alexandria, Virginia

a fabulous place to ride out a cyclone !

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 Mar 2018
We arrived at Westhaven just as the tail end of a cyclone came through, dropping 8 inches of rain in one day. This luxurious lodge is spectacularly located along the top of a small mountain with views of both the Pacific Ocean and a huge bay on the inland side of the mountain. As things turned out, the cyclone washed out the only road leading out of this northwestern tip of the South Island so our original 3 night stay was extended to a 4 night stay since there was no way to drive on to our next scheduled location. Quite frankly, we loved Westhaven so much, we were quite happy to stay an extra day. The wonderful family that owns and runs Westhaven Lodge could not possibly been more helpful in helping us nail down alternative travel reservations and making our unexpected added day as enjoyable as the first three. Their hospitality was truly 5 star. The rooms in the lodge are large and beautiful and the food was superb. Two other factors made our stay at Westhaven one of the overall most enjoyable experiences during our 21 day vacation in New Zealand. First, the rain with the cyclone came and went periodically, allowing in between times for extended hiking on the huge property owned by Westhaven. The views were spectacular. Second, since the lodge only has a limited number of rooms for guests, we were all able to get to know each other in a way that would have been impossible in a larger lodge setting. The result was that instead of eating by ourselves at separate tables, we all ate dinner together at one large table and immensely enjoyed each others company. It really made our stay quite special.
Date of stay: March 2018
Room Tip: all of the rooms have wonderful views
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 22 Mar 2018
Thank you so much for your kind review. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you. It certainly was an interesting week, but the company of you and our other lovely guests made uncommon weather event a very special time to remember. We hope to see you again one day, warmest Regards from everyone of our Westhaven Family
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights at the end of December 2017 and we loved every minute of our experience. The chef on-site is fantastic and the food was phenomenal! All the hikes available on the property are different and have stunning views! You discover the spectacular nature of New Zealand with no one around except the sheeps! We did kayak on the Inlet and we loved it! You can see the Ocean and the Inlet from many places. The views from the suite and the restaurant were outstanding! The family owners were so attentive to every detail. We felt welcome and well taken care of! The drive to get there is long and this place is luxurious so it is not cheap but honestly, it is worth every dollar and every kilometer to get there! We will never forget this place! Helene & Pierre from Canada

Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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monika v, Owner at Westhaven Luxury Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Helene & Pierre, thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are glad liked your stay with, we also really enjoyed your company. We hope to see you again.
Monika & the Westhaven Team!

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Reviewed 17 May 2017

to be quite honest this is the best place i have ever stayed the views are incredible they also have about 5 or 6 beaches all to yourselves the sunset is so amazing such a friendly atmosphere and the place is like no other its got the best of everything and not far from the Able Tasman park this is pure paradise. this is the second time we have stayed here and shall be returning although the date is incorrect we actually stayed Jan 2016

Room tip: i would ask the owner which is the best room
Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

What an amazing part of the world. My husband and I spent 3 nights at Westhaven and it was the absolute highlight of our 16 day holiday around New Zealand. We had a private beach to ourselves for one of our days with a picnic lunch made for us by Monika, one of our beautiful hosts. Westhaven has the most fantastic walking and driving tracks you will ever come across. We could not fault anything, from our room to the meals, you will never go hungry, and the service was incredible. A big thank you to this great family for making us feel part of it, if only for a short while, was very hard to leave. We will be back and definitely longer next time. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

Date of stay: February 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Monika V, Manager at Westhaven Luxury Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it.
It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and we hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 26 February 2017

We have just returned from a fabulous three nights at this magnificent retreat. There is simply nothing not to love about staying at Westhaven The peace and tranquility is just amazing The property is breathtaking with its many stunning walking tracks ,some to cliff top mountains with panoramic views and others to pristine private beaches .The meals are excellent and prepared with love , you'll never go hungry. There are many activities on offer or you can just soak up mother nature at its best. Monica ( Mum) and Monica (daughter ) are just the best hosts you could wish for ! They are great people and make you feel welcome at all times . If you are considering staying here, consider no more just do it.The only downside was leaving. We look forward to our next stay. Thanks for everything Simon & Claudia

Room tip: All rooms are great !
Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Monika V, Manager at Westhaven Luxury Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Thank you Simon and Claudia for your kind words. It was a pleasure to host you and to show you our beautiful place. It would be pointless to have such a nice place without the many lovely and memorable guests, such as yourself, giving it life and purpose.
Your are very welcome Monika (daughter)

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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

After the drive, which is beautiful but with a few kilometres of winding grave roads you will arrive at Nirvana. The views of and from the lodge are breathtaking. The scenery around the 1000 acre property is totally awe inspiring that you could literally spend days exploring. The interior of the lodge is truly a work of art with lots of local stone and wood used throughout. The interior of the suites are decorated with a very fine eye for detail and the finest finishes and fixtures. The indoor spa area is wonderful with a full swimming pool and jacuzzi. Massage services are available upon request.

The meal package which is a must, (no other dining options around) includes 3 meals a day, picnic lunch is available. The food was very good, especially the in-house smoked salmon, and roasted tomato soup. Chef Tony is top notch!

Monica, Bruno, Monica, and Thomas are wonderful hosts and will make your stay very enjoyable.

If you have an electric car no worries, they have a charging station. Bear the lodge dog likes a scratch behind the ears if you get a chance.

Date of stay: February 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Monika V, Manager at Westhaven Luxury Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2017

Thank you for taking time to write a review. It was a pleasure to host you and "Bear" misses the extra attention and now spends his days days lying at the front door, waiting for the another guests to give him a scratch!

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