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The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

My wife and I spent three nights at the Sanctuary in early November, during a short vacation in New Zealand. We have only good things to say about the hotel, which felt more like a home away from home thanks to the warm welcome of the owners. Our room was extremely comfortable, clean and very eell appointed, the view from...

Thank bbarbier
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a perfect quiet place to chill out; Glennis and Yogi are excellent hosts and help to make your stay memorable. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped and have balconies overlooking the bay. Glennis cooks dinner on several nights which is served on a communal dining table - a great way to meet fellow guests and to exchange...

Thank GOMS2013
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent three wonderful days in this special place. It is the home of Glennis and Yogi and they invite you to make it yours. A true sanctuary after the noise of the city. Glennis provides a wonderful breakfast and delicious dinner assisted by Yogi who also provided a much needed Miri Miri massage . The area is beautiful and boat...

Thank Geraldine H
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A gem at the top end of the Bay of Islands. Hosts Glennis and Yogi have a beautiful home and a sanctuary to travellers from afar. Glennis is a master chef and together with apprentice Yogi you experience great food, and wine. The hosts local knowledge and world travels leave you richer for breaking your journey at The Sanctuary @...

Thank fernanmich
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Glennis and Yogi were wonderful hosts in what proved to be a truly boutique sanctuary. Located high above the bay, you are made to feel very much at home and, try as hard she does, Glennis tries to suggest where you can eat at night . Don't listen to her, eat at home with Glennis. She is a wonderful chef...

Thank Maverijk
Scotland, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Beautiful house that greets you with a genuinely and friendly warm welcome from your hosts Yogi & Glennis. Amazingly beautiful view of the bay from your room. Very helpful and informative hosts to assist you with any local travel options you may like to explore and very attentive at breakfast with a nice choice to hand. We wish we could...

Thank IainShinto
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We had the last 3 days of our NZ holiday here. A perfect place to get completely calm before returning home. Glennis and Yogi are delightful hosts, knowing when to join in and when to leave us in peace. They do a really good dinner if you ask. The Sanctuary has a simply stunning view of the inner part of...

Thank briggsbase
Victoria, British Columbia
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Glennis and Yogi are knowledgeable, charming and generous hosts, finely tuned to their guests' every comfort. Glennis is a brilliant cook, we had dinner there on two nights out of the three we were there and both were sophisticated, fresh, local and delicious. Our room was beautifully appointed, very comfortable bed, top quality linens, and we loved the heated floors...

Thank V378EWjaneh
Reviewed 3 April 2016

We have just had three amazing nights at The Sanctuary. Glennis and Yogi were perfect hosts and looked after us very well with lots of advice on places to go and wonderful food in beautiful surroundings. The views from all rooms are wonderful. We ate in Paihia the first night and Yogi arranged for us to be picked up and...

Thank SBhants
Essex England
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Locatin views and the people running this very small complex. Can only say that we travelled Australia and New Zealand North and South and this was our last stop and what a stop it was. Great shame we were only there for 2 nights. Much cheaper deal if you book through Trip Advisor

Thank GrumpyGrandad1

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands

Address: State Highway 11, Opua 0241, New Zealand (Formerly Bay of Islands Lodge)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Opua
Price Range: $270 - $559 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sanctuary @ Bay of Islands 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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Also Known As:
Bay Of Islands Hotel Opua
The Sanctuary @ Bay Of Islands New Zealand - Opua
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“All rooms are with gorgeous views so you do not need to worry.”
 of 5 bubbles IainShinto, 15 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All rooms equally good, with verandahs and fabulous views.”
 of 5 bubbles briggsbase, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are great”
 of 5 bubbles SBhants, 3 Apr 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have beautiful views”
 of 5 bubbles GrumpyGrandad1, 29 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Must have a sea view.”
 of 5 bubbles Dod23, 21 Mar 2016 | Read review
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