Premium Accommodation in Takaka and Golden Bay
Over the limestone karst mountains of Takaka Hill stretching out to the ever-growing Farewell Spit, Golden Bay is the ultimate off-the-beaten-track retreat. Just because you’re getting off the main tourist trail, however, doesn’t mean you have to give up luxury. In fact, quite the opposite with the bay’s lavish lodges and unique eco-stays. Breathtaking coastal vistas are a standard of Takaka’s luxury accommodation, but after that, each one offers is own charms. Discover them for yourself in this list of the best luxury accommodation in Takaka and Golden Bay.
1. Adrift in Golden Bay
Experience tranquillity and beachfront accommodation at Adrift in Golden Bay. Relax up in one of the five self-contained serviced one-bedroom villas or the studio where you have all the usual homely conveniences at your fingertips and then some. Drift from your king-sized bed through the bi-fold windows to sea views from your elevated position in the gardens. Your tiled bathroom has a two-person hydrotherapy spa bath, as well as underfloor heating and local artisan toiletries. Make meals and breakfast independently with your kitchen facilities and the use of included hot drink-making provisions, like freshly ground organic coffee, milk and teas. Alternatively, a continental or English breakfast hamper can be delivered to your door each day.
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2. Westhaven Lodge
The base of a 404.6ha (1,000 acre) private peninsula in the remote reaches of northern Golden Bay, Westhaven Lodge is a place to truly escape from it all. Stay in one of the five luxurious lodge rooms overlooking a wilderness setting or opt for one of the two spacious suites with views of Wainui Bay and the Kahurangi National Park. All meals are included in your stay: a full buffet breakfast, a picnic lunch for your activities, afternoon tea with homemade cake, and a three-course dinner. Guests also have access to an attractive indoor pool, an extensive library, spa and sauna, as well as many on-site activities outlined in the 8 Luxury Activities in Takaka. Plus, see more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Takaka.
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3. Ratanui Lodge
Experience classical elegance in the 4.5-star Ratanui Lodge just across the street from Pohara Beach. Relax in your elegantly-appointed suite with an ensuite and tasteful ornate decor with luxurious down bedding and outdoor seating area. The lodge is exclusively adults only, with an age limit for guests being 12 years old, ensuring the right tone is set. Guests also have the pleasure of dining in the lodge’s intimate dining room and gin/cocktail lounge where tapas and three-course set menus are available to indulge in. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Takaka.
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4. Golden Bay Hideaway
Try something unique at the Golden Bay Hideaway, boasting five creative accommodation experiences nestled in a bush setting overlooking Wainui Bay. Take in the breathtaking vistas from your outside bathtub or from the master bedroom of one of the unique stays, like the “Kiwi Greenie” or “Little Greenie” – low-energy passive solar design homes – or the lovingly restored and presented “House Truck” that revels in pioneer spirit. All accommodation options focus on eco-friendly living, enhancing a feel-good stay.
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5. The Bay Lodge
Elevated on a hill shrouded in birdsong above Pohara Beach, The Bay Lodge offers an escape to nature with luxury comforts. The lodge is stylishly modern, which shines through its spacious suites complete with high-quality king beds, lounge and dining furniture, ensuite and kitchenette. When you’re not relaxing on your private deck with expansive ocean views, warm up in the outdoor spa pool or cool down in the outdoor swimming pool amidst stunning landscaped gardens. You may want to explore the picturesque water gardens on the property or spend a rainy day in the library with books, games and movies at your disposal.