We took the opportunity for a indulgent weekend away to Mangapapa Hotel and booked the High Tea, Degustation Dinner and breakfast. High Tea was fabulous the food was exquisite with lovely dainty sandwiches, sweets and lovely glass of sparkling wine. Hotel room was clean and spacious with nice touches of purge coffee available. Netflix availability was also nice change. Went off to dinner with high expectation. Dinner was just nice. The staff service was good and quietly attentive without being overbearing. We had experienced Degustation Dinners in the past at Mangapapa and we were both extremely disappointed with a couple of dishes. You can not call them unpleasant however not up to the standard of expectation especially for $120 per person for dinner. The Venison was extremely smoky along with the carrots which actually left a bitter after taste. The Venison cooking was inconsistent with different size portions with medium and medium rare served. My husband's smoked carrot couldn't even be cut with a knife. Dessert looked very "Master Chef" taste of Carrots once again the carrots did not win us over. Breakfast definitely made up for the dinner wonderful buttery Danishes. We would definitely return for the accommodation and High Tea but would look at alternatives for the dinner in the future.
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- Luxury, seclusion, elegance and romance - four words which describe this stunning boutique hotel. Surrounded by landscaped gardens and orchards, Mangapapa Hotel offers the finest luxury accommodation in its magnificent suites. Together with the renowned restaurant, spa retreat, and facilities such as the pool and lawn tennis court, Mangapapa delivers Hawke's Bay's ultimate luxury experience. ... more less
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