A luxury Golden Bay retreat has been voted by the users of a major travel website as one of the 10 Best Romantic Hotels in the South Pacific – the only one in New Zealand and Australia to make the grade.
Adrift in Golden Bay beachfront accommodation at Tukurua, owned by Gordon and Bess Hampson and their daughter and son-in-law Emily and John Lolani, was voted sixth for romance in the South Pacific, in the 2011 Traveller's Choice Awards on the world's largest travel review website tripadvisor.com.
All the other top 10 romantic destinations were in Fiji, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia.
Mrs Lolani said the family were "amazed" to receive the recognition.
"It's hard to believe but it's really encouraging. Hopefully we're improving all the time," she said.
The recognition comes a year after the five luxury cottages on the 4 hectare property were awarded five stars by Qualmark, the official body for quality assurance in the tourism industry.
"It's magic, it's stunning. Their award is well-deserved," said guest Hans Bauer.
Fellow guest Susan Covert, from Canada, on her third visit to Adrift, is planning to return again next year. "It's the most glorious place on earth," said Ms Covert, adding that the privacy, the environment and the people who run it made it a special place to stay. The luxury-appointed cottages featured king sized beds and double spa baths, a stone's throw from the sandy beach.
Entries in the guest book were equally positive about the accommodation.
"A lovely place to be cast Adrift", "first class", "magic" and "sets the benchmark for quality serene surroundings and great hosts", entries read.
Adrift is marketed for couples with no children and the rates are between $390 to $460 per cottage per night in high season and half price in winter.
- The Nelson Mail