Feeling blessed that my work brings me to some very special places around the world.
This time facilitating a Feb ’15 workshop for Master Connection Associates on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
On my journey from Queenstown to Picton, initially I was planning to stay just for one night and ended up staying for three wonderful days. Janet & Paul are the live-in owners. They have created a very nice, welcoming industrial chic luxury B&B. The Factory is on the beachfront at Hapuku, 10 minutes North of Kaikoura. In the 100-year-old Hapuku Dairy Factory with dramatic views of snow-covered mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Staying at The Factory is exclusive, with only one party booked at a time, three bedrooms, open fire place, heated tiled floors, fab stainless steel kitchen unit all included. Paul is always happy to make you a stiff espresso (or short black), or latte on his Italian steam machine. Janet & Paul treated me on a great home cooked dinner with red perch and blue cod I caught during the day together with Paul. The big octopus we let go..
Ahh..there’s three chickens providing lovely eggs for breakfast. A just magical place with wonderful hosts who provide just the right touches to make you feel at home yet let you be at ease in the well appointed guest area. I need to come back to write a book!
It has been a long time ago I stepped into a bed and found two hot water bottles to keep me warm. That is what happened to me in this beautifully restored B&B house from 1889. James & James are the owners and are running a charming house with 5 bedrooms, a games room with a massive pool table, a lounge with a great open fire place, honesty bar and amazing food mostly sourced from their own garden. When I stayed, James & James were out of the country but I was well taken care of and Roy and Bernice went out of their way to make me feel at home. Great choice for a 1 or 2 night stopover. Seemingly Oamaru is a key hub for the ‘SteamPunk’ movement, a back to the future costume pageant and shows with amazing and very creative costumes. SteamPunk museum in the centre of Oamaru.
41 Towey Street Holmes Hill, Oamaru 9401
(03) 434 7939
Having stayed here only 24 hours, it was well worth it every minute. And every cent! This is one of those hotels with the look, feel, comfort, services and facilities I love. In touch with what hospitality is all about, anticipating what guests needs are and delivering it. I enjoyed sipping a beer in the afternoon on their street café, a great professional spa & gym, great service at the pool and several options to enjoy breakfast. When in Hanoi, please promise me to stay here or at least visit.
Avoid the mass concrete hotels and resorts in Da Nang and after flying in at the convenient modern airport, go as fast as possible to Hoi An and stay at the Victoria Beach Resort and book a room at the beach front. That is if you like a stretch of over 40km of uninterrupted beach..otherwise stay in one of the Hoi An village resorts/hotels. I am a sucker for great beaches. Watch the sunrise and walk, medidate, hang with the locals who come out at 5am in big numbers and gone at 8am to avoid the sun. That’s when the white..soon red faced people come out to play. Resort is of good 4 star quality, great service at desk, very good breakfast and pool is wonderful at sun sets. The spa is so so.