The main lodge, which features two dining rooms and a covered loggia for dining and socializing, is a renovated farmhouse with rich interiors, abstract paintings, exposed wood beam ceilings and wood furnishings; local materials were incorporated into the design elements. Groups will appreciate the discerning service, gourmet dinners and wine pairings at this Relais & Chateaux property. The lodge has 22 spacious individual sleeping cottages that brim in natural light. Each has a foyer entrance with a stocked minibar, large bathrooms with double vanities and sleeping rooms that open onto porches overlooking the rolling hills and ocean. There is also a full-service spa and a four-bedroom owner’s cottage.
Golf fanatics won’t be disappointed with this property either, as it boasts a par 71 championship golf course designed by Tom Doak. In fact, the lodge was named “2014 Golf Resort of the Year” in the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ “Best of the World” category, and rated No. 6 in the world on Golf Digest’s list of Top 100 courses outside the U.S. Farm and Gannet tours, ATV quad biking and Kiwi discovery guided walks/hiking can be arranged.
Include a visit to nearby Napier, dubbed the “Art Deco Capital of the World.” Special treatment can come in the form of a narrated tour of the city’s unique history and Art Deco architecture with Art Deco Vintage Car Tours, conducted by Graham Holley, who is passionate about his town.