The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matuari Bay, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand
Everything you could possibly want is here: blissful beaches, wonderful walks, a soothing spa… and, like its sister property at Cape Kidnappers, it has a world-class golf course.
Situated overlooking the breathtaking Bay of Islands, Kauri Cliffs is the perfect beach retreat and golfer's paradise, all with the feel of a country mansion: elegant and classical with rustic touches, and where every little detail has been honed to perfection.
Nestled on the edge of a native forest, with fabulous views over the magnificent Pacific Ocean and golfing green, guest cottages house huge, luxurious bathrooms, fireplaces and stunning private verandas; the 'owner's cottage', facing the Bay of Islands, includes its own private pool and hot tub.
Activities here are endless, whether it's relaxing on the beach, playing on the fabulous golf course, game fishing, scuba diving or even hunting for boar. You can take a tour of the area with a knowledgeable guide and then dine on a private beach with freshly-caught barbequed fish.
The service is off-the-scale: just ask, and it's never a problem. There's such enthusiasm from the staff too, with a pride in everything they do. But the biggest memory you'll bring home with you are the views. 'Utterly unforgettable' just doesn't say enough.