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One of the top stays ever.

Review of Pihopa Retreat
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 Apr 2024
By far one of the top places we have stayed at in all of our travel to over 15 countries. The owner Sarah’s hospitality and attention to detail (afternoon treats, making advance restaurant bookings, arranging complimentary taxis, breakfast table items, even doing a load of laundry, the list goes on) was the most immaculate part of the experience. It overshadowed the fact that the rooms were also beautiful and in a picturesque estate. Would not miss out if you can stay here.
Date of stay: April 2024
Room Tip: Must stay here
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 7 Apr 2024
Kia ora Smital, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review. We loved hosting your family and so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to seeing you back in Nelson in the future. Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team.
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Reviewed 6 April 2024

Just WOW! This was our favorite place over a six-week vacation in New Zealand and Australia. Only sorry we couldn't stay more than 2 nights. As others have noted, it is perfection. The property -- once an Anglican retreat and college -- has been lovingly and beautifully restored and adapted into a luxurious hotel/5-star B&B. There are only six suites and they are spacious, with every amenity one could think of, and bathrooms to die for. Sarah, innkeeper extraordinaire, is a most gracious and warm host and thinks of everything. Rooms include a complimentary drinks/food bar with good wine, all kinds of treats, coffee, tea and fresh milk, and heavenly pastries baked fresh daily. The beds are beyond comfy and curling up in the leather armchairs before a gas fire each evening, wine in hand, was a delightful way to end the day.

Sarah makes reservations for dinner and cabs to and from the town are complimentary. The on-site breakfast is sumptuous, served in the original church, and a wine and canapes hour every evening was another treat. There's also a heated pool, a wonderful spot to relax after a day of activity. I can't say enough about the uniqueness of this place and only wish it were closer to the U.S. so I could visit regularly. If you're planning to be in Nelson and the Abel Tasman Park area, this is THE place to stay.

Room tip: Book early -- only six suites. All are fabulous.
Date of stay: February 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pihopa Retreat, Owner at Pihopa Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2024

Kia ora, Thank you SO much for your wonderful review. We absolutely love that we were your favourite place to stay on this trip! We hope the remainder of your holiday was fabulous and really hope to be able to welcome you back in the future. Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team

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Reviewed 4 April 2024 via mobile

Pihopa has the wow factor ! A warm welcome awaits at this amazing retreat. The rooms are sumptuous, with every amenity and treat such as delicious cake to have with afternoon tea. The view from our balcony was amazing, the vista taking you through trees down to the sea. Everything has been thought of to make your stay memorable and the host, Sarah goes the extra mile to make your time at this amazing place feel extra special. Breakfasts were just incredible - a feast for the eyes. We really enjoyed the complimentary drinks and canapés at 6pm in the pool house. A complimentary taxi would arrive to whisk you to dinner in town and was there to bring you back again. We loved every minute of our stay here and hope to be back soon!

Date of stay: April 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pihopa Retreat, Owner at Pihopa Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2024

Kia ora Alison & Tony,

Thank you so much for your amazing review. We loved having you to stay and hope you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday. We look forward to seeing you again soon :)! Ngā mihi, Sarah & The Pihopa Team.

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Reviewed 1 April 2024

This place is magical and without a doubt a must stay if anywhere near Nelson! We were amazed! There are only 6 rooms, cabins really. Immaculate, comfortable, modern, private and perfect! The service is 5 star.
Breakfast is included and very special, served in a chapel on grounds, evening appetizers are served in the pool house and are plentiful, every day in your room there are homemade desserts.
Because there is no restaurant on site, they make reservations for you at terrific restaurants and so that you don’t have to drive, you are given a debit card to pay a taxi to pick you up and bring you back at their expense. Amazing service.
This place doesn’t skimp on anything, service, food, comfort.
One evening we were too tired to go out to eat so we asked if we could just have cheese and crackers, Sarah had way more than cheese and crackers prepared for us and there was no charge when we checked out.
Best place we stayed and most memorable.

Room tip: You can’t go wrong here.
Date of stay: March 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pihopa Retreat, Owner at Pihopa Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2024

Kia ora, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us! We hope the rest of your time in New Zealand was amazing and hope to welcome you back in the future. Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team.

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Reviewed 27 March 2024

This place goes above and beyond to make your stay relaxing. Everything is thought through with care and attention to detail. We arrived in the late afternoon, to a warm welcome, room full to the brim with treats and a very handy table reservation and taxi booked. Nothing to do but go for a swim and enjoy the spectacular views! I could go on and on but better find out for yourselves. Thank you so much!

Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Pihopa Retreat, Owner at Pihopa Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2024

Kia ora Nayla, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We hope the rest of your adventures have been amazing and our Pihopa Bear is keeping Theo good company ;). Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team.

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Reviewed 27 March 2024

We cannot recommend Pihopa enough! The service is impeccable, the food delicious, the rooms have every amenity you could wish for. We have traveled the world and stayed in many wonderful places and Pihopa is at the top of our accommodations list.

Date of stay: February 2024
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Pihopa Retreat, Owner at Pihopa Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2024

Kia ora, Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and would love to welcome you back in the future. Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team

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