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10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Rotorua

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Luxury Hotels in Rotorua

Settle for no less than the best for your stay in New Zealand’s “hot spot”. With some of the most prestigious names in hotels, as well as spa resorts gracing the lakeshores, you’ll hardly have trouble finding luxury in Rotorua. With the town’s geothermal activity, the luxury of unwinding in a thermal hot pool is always an option, but we’ve picked out the best of hotels, motels and resorts offering private hot pools/spa baths, fantastic dining and most luxurious facilities on offer in Rotorua. Check out our top recommendations in this list of best luxury accommodation in Rotorua.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 10 Damn Relaxing Hot Pools in New Zealand and The Luxury Guide to Rotorua.

1. Rydges Rotorua

Boasting some of the largest hotel rooms in Rotorua, Rydges Rotorua certainly gives you the space for luxury. The 4.5-star hotel has 135 modern-meets-classic guestrooms, 95 of which features a spa bath. Families, couples and business travellers are all catered to here with Superior Rooms, Family Rooms, Deluxe King Rooms and Suites available. The central meeting point of this luxury hotel is in the airy Atrium Restaurant, while other amenities at the hotel include a bar, gym and conference rooms.

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Rydges Rotorua© Rydges Rotorua

2. Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

With an idyllic location on the shores of Lake Rotorua, Sudima Hotel is a fantastic option for a luxury honeymoon or family getaway. Treat yourself at the on-site spa, do a few laps in the heated pool and enjoy the nightly Maori concert and hangi. There are three rooms types with a sleek and modern design, including Superior Rooms and Superior Plus sleeping up to three people each, while the Family Room comfortably sleeps a family of four. Families will also love the babysitting services available, while foodies will love the Orareka Restaurant and Bar serving Kiwi dishes along with lake views. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Rotorua.

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Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua© Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

3. Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Enjoy a pampered stay in the Deluxe Rooms and Club Rooms of the Millennium Hotel Rotorua, complete with a private outdoor spa pool and soft-tone furnishings. Those staying in the Club Room will have exclusive access to the adult-only Club Lounge and enjoy luxuries such as NZ-made wool throws and marble bathrooms. When enjoying some downtime at the Millennium, make use of the on-site spa, fitness centre, gym, pool and wine and dine at the ultra-sleek Bar Zazu or casual Brasserie Poolside Restaurant. Their fine dining venue can be found at Restaurant Nikau should you want to celebrate a special occasion.

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Millennium Hotel Rotorua© Millennium Hotel Rotorua

4. Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Stay in a modern 4.5-star hotel in the heart of Rotorua at the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside. While you’re only moments away from Rotorua’s dining precinct, Eat Street, the hotel offers a fabulous bar and restaurant with a lake-view terrace. As for the rooms, relax with the earthy tones of the interior and large picture windows so you can make the most of the Rotorua scenery. The hotel offers three types of suites and five types of studios, the Suites being the most luxurious options with corner rooms available, an espresso machine, pillow menu, audio docking station, ensuite with spa bath and more. Extra facilities include a fitness centre, babysitting and an indoor heated pool.

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Novotel Rotorua Lakeside© Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

5. Emerald Spa Motor Inn

The perfect retreat for couples, Emerald Spa Motor Inn is Rotorua’s luxury motel offering Romance Packages and irresistible spa rooms. Each unit has kitchenette facilities should you want to indulge in a quiet night in together, as well as free WiFi and Sky TV. Outside are a heated pool, mountain bike storage and wash-down facilities. While the motel is a little out of town, it’s just a few minutes from the acclaimed Redwoods Forest. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Rotorua.

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Emerald Spa Motor Inn© Emerald Spa Motor Inn

6. Regal Palms Resort

The Regal Palms Resort boasts luxury and home comforts in their collection of suites suitable for couples and families. Each suite features a private hot pool and either a kitchenette or full kitchen facilities. Guests have access to a heated swimming pool, Sky TV, a DVD library, free WiFi, a children’s playground, barbecue area a nine-hole mini-golf course, sauna, tennis court and the list goes on! In between, take the time to relax by the fire in the Guest Bar and Lounge or sit outside on the patio while sampling New Zealand wines and spirits.

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Regel Palms Resort© Regel Palms Resort

7. VR Rotorua Lake Resort

A tranquil retreat on the shores of Lake Rotoiti and a 15-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of town, VR Rotorua Lake Resort is well worth considering for a luxury weekend away. The lodge-inspired resort spans across 7 acres of manicured gardens, a swimming pool, spa and sauna, dining room and 42 luxurious rooms and suites. Lake view and garden view rooms are available with a king or twin layout, while your most luxurious offerings are the Executive Suite Spa Room and the Executive Suite. Dining at The Grill is a must with award-winning beef and lamb dishes impeccably presented.

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VR Rotorua Lake Resort© VR Rotorua Lake Resort

8. Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is the place to unwind, rejuvenate and indulge in Rotorua, boasting a fabulous day spa complete with Jacuzzis, plunge pool and a sauna infused with local herbs. Stay in either the Deluxe Room which open up onto the resort’s swimming pool or the Superior Suite with a private balcony and double Jacuzzi bath. Contemporary fine dining can be experienced at the award-winning Mokoia Restaurant serving Pacific Rim cuisine, as well as grill dining. For more resorts like this, see 10 Best Accommodation in Rotorua for Foodies.

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WaiOra Lakeside Spa Resort© WaiOra Lakeside Spa Resort

9. Prince’s Gate Hotel

Class and elegance ooze from the Prince’s Gate Hotel in central Rotorua. If you’re not visiting for their acclaimed high tea, then at least stay in one of only 50 luxury rooms and suites with traditional decor, luxurious bathrobes, Sky TV and some with a kitchenette and upgraded sumptuous furnishings. In true Rotorua style, guests have access to thermally heated pools, of which there is not one but three! There is also a private hot pool and sauna available. The food at The Dukes Bar and Restaurant is modern European with a strong emphasis on French cooking. The restaurant also offers a “Taste Indigenous New Zealand” degustation experience.

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Prince's Gate Hotel© Prince's Gate Hotel

10. Regent of Rotorua

Last but certainly not least, luxury travellers may want to consider the fabulous design-driven Regent of Rotorua. This 4.5-star hotel conveniently located in central Rotorua offers a chic and contemporary style from its furnishings to its facilities. Choose from a range of rooms from the intimate Cutie Room for couples to the spacious 2-Bedroom Executive Suite with designer furniture. A stay here includes WiFi, access to an outdoor heated pool, private mineral pool, a mini gym, DVD library, lounge and wine bar, as well as the Regent Room restaurant serving sharing plates and tempting tapas.

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Regent of Rotorua© Regent of Rotorua

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Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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