Our room was built in 1985 as part of a group of New Zealand-wide mock-Tudor motor inns, subsequently re-imagined by the current management into a “fashionable and environmentally sound food and wellness paradise”.
It wasn’t easy for us to give up our cellular connection for those couple of days, but the sacrifice was well worth it.
Our lunch stops were much more memorable than our dinners but to be fair, Wairau River Wines and Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen had set the standards really high.
Getting a taste of a major city’s suburbs can be a refreshing change of scenery. Auckland’s Newmarket offers plenty enough for a day or two.
If you’re looking for somewhere between Johannesburg and Pretoria to have a weekend getaway, romantic retreat, or just to pamper yourself while travelling for business, this should be on your shortlist.
The Dashwood Restaurant’s modern British dishes left us pretty impressed.
The Daffodil Hotel & Spa is a luxurious exception to the norm in Grasmere, one of the Lake District’s smallest villages.
Its location might not make it your first choice, but that’s partly why you’d want to stay here. Our room felt like a second home, too.
Some of our favourite places may surprise you.
Exploring these areas by car is the best way to see the sights and visit the destinations of your choosing, at your own time.