Saturday, April 30

Local Luxury

Here we are not even half way through the year and I am already dreaming of a weekend getaway! A nice little break away from it all...a time out from everyday life...I'd just love a place by the sea, where there is great food to be indulged in and local treasures to discover and I think I have found just that!
The coastal lodge I want to share is a little out of this renovator’s reach right now, but someday I hope get to spend the night at one of Delamore Lodge’s guest suites on Auckland’s beautiful Waiheke Island.This incredible lodge is a short ferry trip (or helicopter ride!) from the Auckland CBD. Waiheke Island is in itself a much loved local treasure! The island is sparsely populated and has many stunning beaches and it’s own sheltered micro-climate which provides the perfect spot for picturesque coastal vineyards. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic weekend escape full of spa pampering, beach walking, local art and craft browsing and incredible food and wine.

So, let's take a look at my dream weekend accommodation, the beautiful Delamore Lodge...


A stunning setting, high above the sea...

...nestled in subtropical gardens...

...and here is our own private lodge waiting for us...
The candles have been lit...
...the view is stunning...
..and you know it's going to be a wonderful stay!
The master suite doesn't disappoint...
..and neither does the private courtyard!
There's plenty of space to entertain...
..but you might not want to share the view!!
Wow! So romantic!!
Waking up on your first day might look a little like this...
...you could choose to take a refreshing dip in the pool...
...or perhaps some of the on-site spa treatments are more your style...
...Lunch is served at noon and it looks amazing!

Mmm, I'll take two of these! ;)
...and things get even better with a drop of the fabulous local wine!
Photo's courtesy of Delamore Lodge

..which prompts an afternoon tour of the nearby Mudbrick Winery...

...there's a stunning vineyard and garden to amble around...
...and after an afternoon of wine tasting,
just when you think your day can't get any better...
...you see this...
...you just have to stay for dinner after seeing the view of the Auckland skyline!
...the sunset is picture perfect...
..the food, out of this world...

...the chocolate Vahlrona parfait at the Mudbrick Restaurant = bliss!!
...such a romantic setting for a weekend away!
Photo's courtesy of the Mudbrick Winery
You make your way slowly back to your lodge that night, full of plans for the last day of your stay...there are beaches to be explored, local shops to discover and massages to be had...
It would be hard to peel myself away from stunning Onetangi Beach!

*Le sigh* this is all sounding like absolute perfection to me! So, what about you guys?? Do you have a favourite local spot for a weekend away? Maybe some place by the beach, or the lake or maybe in the mountains? I just love these local treasures! :) 

xo K

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