Within reach of Abel Tasman National Park, Split Apple Retreat in New Zealand’s South Island boasts spectacular scenery. Built on a cliff that faces the ocean, this luxury property offers breathtaking views of the golden coastline and blue waters of the Tasman Sea. With only three guest rooms, this boutique retreat is an exclusive getaway that promotes wellness and ultimate relaxation.
Designed in modern Japanese style, the accommodation here has two private decks that open up to fragrant gardens. Two of the rooms, Fuji and Lotus, have elegant wood panelling and luxurious king-size beds. The bathrooms are spacious and come with a granite bathtub that can fit two people and have amazing views of the ocean to boot.
The master suite, Rainbow, covers 95 square metres that is split over two levels. It features a lounge and bedroom with a king-size bed, and the bathroom? Well, it’s beautifully appointed and comes with a LED-lit shower that changes the colour of the water. The Rainbow Suite also has upgraded amenities, which includes a 42-inch LCD TV with Apple TV and Internet radio. You’ll also find an iPod port and motorised blinds in this suite. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connection is provided in all rooms.
While the living quarters invite so much relaxation, Split Apple Retreat‘s infinity pool that faces the sea, provides even more calm. As a salt water pool, it is gentler on the eyes and skin as well as environment-friendly, which adheres to Split Apple Retreat’s philosophy of health and wellness. For something more rejuvenating, try scheduling a massage session at a private treatment room, perspire your stress away at the gym or with the infrared sauna and the steam room, or while the time away at the outdoor spa pool.
Aside from revitalising body treatments, your overall wellbeing is still this lavish hideaway’s main priority. While here, you will be served with nutritious gourmet meals tailored to your preferences or dietary requirements. And this, in fact, is one of the biggest point of difference between Split Apple Retreat and other establishments and accommodations in the area. The owners Pen and Lee Nelson have learned to incorporate healthy ingredients and make delectable dishes that guests continually praise.
The menu is diverse, and the chef brings the best of both Asian and Mediterranean cuisines to give you mouthwatering culinary creations. Best of all, the ingredients are sourced locally, ensuring that everything is fresh and truly healthy. And to make sure that you continue to eat healthy even after your stay at Split Apple, arrange a cooking lesson at the retreat. Or you can take home the recipes via the cookbook written by Pen and Lee and make nutritious and tasty meals at home.
The opportunities to relax and pamper yourself here at Split Apple Retreat are plenty. You can spend your days savouring the quiet of your room with a good book. Or going out and exploring the two private paths that lead to two beaches, one of which is so secluded you won’t find another soul most of the time. The other one is a sight to behold with its long stretch of golden sand where you can arrange for a picnic or enjoy a romantic stroll.
There is also a screening room with eight reclining leather seats that offer high-tech meditation–an entertainment technology for the brain that produces immediate and deep meditation. However, you can also use this sound-proofed room to screen films that you can choose from Split Apple’s large selection.
If you feel like venturing outside the retreat, the Museum of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum is a good place to start. You can also enjoy a laid back day visiting galleries, artisan and craft shops, and glass blowing studios nearby. Or stroll through the idyllic streets of Nelson town and stop at some of the city’s most historic buildings, including the Nelson Cathedral, Amber House, and Founder’s Heritage Park to name a few.
If you want to unwind by doing something adventurous, there is a wealth of outdoor activities available. Enjoy some kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, dolphin watching or sailing. For something more extreme but definitely memorable, go sky diving, swim with the seals or tour beautiful remote locations via helicopter.
In the end though, you’ll probably find yourself wishing you were back at Split Apple Retreat. The allure of its inviting and calming environs is simply irresistible and something that you’ll wish you can have over and over again.