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Waiheke Island: The Boatshed

Phone: 6493723242
www.boatshed.co.nz

Reviewed by: Fletch from Australia, review #2482

When: November 2008

Luxury small hotel on a beautiful island near Auckland.

This is a luxury hotel on Waiheke island which is a 40 minute ferry ride from Auckland. The hotel arranges someone to meet the ferry and transport you to the hotel - a short drive away.

The hotel sits on a hill overlooking the sea but not on the beach. It is modern with a large living area with large doors opening to an outdoor deck. The kitchen is part of this open plan room, with a large table in front of the island bench. There are several tables in the room that could seat 2-4 people however they only seat 2 at each table at dinner and breakfast.

I found it a very inviting relaxed room and would have been happy sitting reading on the comfortable couches except that our room was beautiful, too.

We booked The Bridge ( $NZ 800 / nt), a room on the 1st floor which had large windows overlooking the sea. There are four other rooms, 3 boatshed rooms which are on the ground floor and are smaller and a 2 story room both floors with large windows and a separate bedroom.

The Bridge was up a private flight of stairs off the main living area but had a door which was closed early in the morning so that the noise from downstairs didn't disturb.

There was a kingsize bed with lovely linen , feather pillows and soft throws.

There were 2 chairs placed so that you could sit and look out at the view, and a comfortable settee in the room that faced the authentic looking gas fireplace.

The Bose CD player had a selection of music to suit most tastes and there was a TV & DVD player we didn't use.

There was a pair of binoculars and a telescope to survey the scene. Apparently in the summer weekends nearly 100 boats moor in the little harbour.

The bathroom had a shower but no bath (they use tank water), fluffy towels and nice toileteries. There was a good hairdryer and at the door was a beach bag with beach towels and sunscreen.

We had booked dinner on our first night and enjoyed it so much decided to eat there the next night, too. It is a 4 course meal ( $110 / person so not cheap) cooked by a chef and the owner.

The tables were set with candles and flowers, and spaced around the living room and outside. Very romantic. Service was excellent and personal.

The bar was well stocked and the wines we drank were local and very good.

Returning to our room we found the bed turned down, the fire on, candles lit and soft music playing.

Breakfasts were a wonderful start to the day. The island bench had cereals, fresh fruit, poached rhubarb, poached pears and much more. There was a variety of breads that you could cut for yourself.

The chef was there to assist and to cook the hot breakfasts. Anything was available but they had a special hot savoury and a sweet dish which was different each day. We rented the mini moke [vehicle] (not cheap at $150 for the day). It included unlimited mileage and petrol. It was great fun. Jonathon the host and his father David gave good advice about the different wineries on the island and where we should stop for lunch or views.

This was an expensive 2 days for us but we were celebrating my 60th Birthday and enjoyed every minute of it. There were some younger guests in their 30's & 40's (no children allowed) and it would be a wonderful place for a honeymoon.

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