Friday, July 23, 2010

A Place in the Hills

Every so often when you're on the road, you find a place that seems to 'fit' - a place you'd like to curl up in and stay in. Tauranga's Ridge Country Retreat is one of those places for me. I first discovered it about 5 years ago and I re-visited again recently to see the amazing developments that hosts, Penny and Jo have now completed.
Located high in the hills above Welcome Bay, with sweeping views of forested hills and farmland, the lodge has grown from a 5-room retreat to one with 11 huge suites - the new villas now striding confidently along the brow of the small hill above the main lodge. In addition, Jo and Penny sent down a bore and came up trumps - the villas, the swimming pool and outdoor baths outside each villa are now all heated by geothermal energy. This is now even more, a place to mellow out, a place where you can indulge in wine and food, beauty and spa treatments and just generally laze about; and with 35 acres between you and the outside world, you're guaranteed privacy. Recharge, revitalise and replenish are three over-worked words in the accommodation and spa industry but here they actually mean something significant.

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