New Zealand offers a fine line in luxury lodges, and they don’t come more wow-worthy than The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, clinging to the cliffs at Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of the North Island. Romantics will love the location, a 6,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm with dramatic Pacific Ocean views. Sporty types will go ga-ga for the great golf course; sybarites will hightail it to the sumptuous spa.
Style Spa-studded lodge
Setting Ocean-view farmland
Why this week? We admit to being a dash over excited: Australia’s hottest chef, Tetsuya Wakuda, will be hosting a culinary escape at the hotel on the weekend of 17–19 August, including a Saturday night dinner with the acclaimed Japanese star. Foodies should expect seasonal delicacies with Asian and French influences. Click here for more details of this unmissable gourmet travel experience, and be sure to book fast.
Our favourite bits Tough call: the Tom Doak–designed, par-71 championship golf course here is a spectacular cliff-side beauty, boasting 18 holes set over dramatic rolling green hills and ravines that cascade down to the crashing waves below. For full-on pampering after a round, don’t miss the farm’s spa up on the hillside with serenity-boosting views across the valley towards the sea or over pine forest to snow-capped peaks. Active types can also enjoy 4WD farm tours, mountain biking, walking trails, flat-rock fishing or quad biking. Eco fans might prefer visits to the impressive gannet colony nearby or Kiwi Discovery Walks, with the chance to spy the country’s rare, beaky national bird.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Following a laid-back lunch in the sun-drenched loggia, we stroll along the lavender walk, one of the easier yet most picturesque walks on the property. Passing through a field of scented lavender, we follow a canopy of pine trees to a look-out on the cliffs. Here, the earth drops away to a beach. The view is absolutely breathtaking and as I cosy up to Mr Smith, I realise it’s a moment I’ll never forget.’
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