- Type: Boutique Hotel
- Summary: A boutique retreat with guests' wellbeing at heart
- Feature: Just three suites within a stunning location
- Rooms: 3 suites
- Star rating: NZ Luxury Lodge
- Nearest airport: Nelson Airport
Location and transfer
Located in Motueka (South Island); 50 minutes by car, or 15 minutes by helicopter, from Nelson Airport.
Nestled on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park, Split Apple Retreat is an alternative choice for a tranquil and beautiful beach getaway. Scenic, private paths lead to two golden beaches, one of which boasts the famous 120-million year old Split Apple Rock, after which the retreat was named. Head out onto the sparkling waters by sail-boat or kayak, keeping your eyes peeled for Blue penguins, cheeky dolphins, or even Orcas. For mesmerising views of the most beautiful part of New Zealand, enjoy an awe-inspiring horse ride along the pristine sand.
Every aspect of the retreat - from its tranquil location to its nutritious cuisine - revolves around wellness, relaxation and sensory pleasure. The luxurious Japanese spa is at the centre of this focus, boasting breathtaking views over the Abel Tasman National Park. The extensive therapy menu includes deep tissue and Thai massages, acupuncture and aromatherapy - each of which are seen as vital tools in easing stress and boosting the immune system. Private yoga and fitness sessions are available in the beautiful rose garden's pavilion, whilst the salt-water infinity pool, steam-room and sauna continue your journey of calm.
Take a water-taxi from the beach at Split Apple Rock and head towards Abel Tasman National Park for rainforest walks, lagoon swimming and enjoy incredible nature experiences. The park is also famous for its pods of dolphins, seals and penguins. Guests can enjoy boat trips and fishing, beach picnics, or even take to the sky with a scenic helicopter trip. There is also the town of Nelson, located an hour away, which is a nice place to explore.