As wonderful as weddings can be, they can be hectic with all those months of organising the big day. It’s no wonder you need a honeymoon to recover from the greatest event of your life. So if you’re wishing to disappear completely and relax as a couple, then look no further than the delightful 970 Lonely Bay Lodge.
This luxury private boutique is set amidst pretty gardens just back from Cooks Beach, near Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand with far reaching views out over the Pacific Ocean. Couples can totally immerse themselves in this beautiful corner of the world by either relaxing in the main lodge or by soaking up the sunshine on the beach while taking in the splendid views.
All four minimalist suites at 970 Lonely Bay Lodge are elegant and simple with ensuite bathrooms and outdoor terraces. The first floor Purangi & Shakespeare Suites both have bifold doors which open onto a large deck and the light filled ground floor Atrium Suite has its own private atrium. The two bedroom ‘estuary terrace’ houses a first floor terrace with a covered dining area and outdoor fireplace.
With continental breakfast served daily, couples can start their day in one of the many private corners of the gardens or in a secluded alcove in the lodge itself. Dinners, picnic hampers, afternoon teas and more, can all be easily arranged on request. But if you’re looking for a really romantic setting, then an evening under the stars in the outdoor bath, while sipping on champagne, adds to the magic of the place.
There is also plenty to explore in the area. Walks to the private and secluded Lonely Bay through the Shakespeare Reserve or over the estuary bridge to the white, sandy Cooks Beach are highly recommended. The beach is also the perfect place for swimming and a picnic after that long walk. For the really adventurous, the nearby Hot Water Beach is a real treat. Here, you can dig a pool in the sand and enjoy the hot water bubbling up from the lava flow below the earth. Active couples can equally take a kayaking tour to Cathedral Cove. Who knows, there may even be an encounter with the local dolphin pod!
The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm summers and cold crisp winter months bringing wonderful clear blue skies. So whether you choose to travel in either season, you can be rest assured that a stay at the 970 Lonely Bay Lodge will leave you feeling like you’ve had a holiday of a lifetime.
By Sabi Phagura