A boutique luxury lodge in the Lake Taupo region has been judged New Zealand’s top Bed and Breakfast for 2018.
Whakaipo Lodge was announced as Supreme B&B Business of the Year for 2018 in the annual awards run by the Bed & Breakfast Association New Zealand in association with Vision Insurance.
The property won the same title in 2016, with this year’s judges ruling owners Garth and Angie London continued to show outstanding levels of enthusiasm and professionalism in running their business.
Association president Rayma Jenkins said: “The awards honour, recognise, encourage and reward our members who are the very best bed and breakfast properties in New Zealand.
“The Londons express their values best in their own words; ‘the most precious gift we can give our guests is our time: we don’t sell rooms – we create an experience to cherish’.”
The other big winners for 2018 were Accent House in Nelson, run by Sharon and John Corbett, which was judged Emerging B&B Business of the Year, and Lynne Fauchelle and Jim Veitch of Rive Gauche in Taupo, who were named B&B Host of the Year winners.
The three-award programme celebrates excellence in hospitality in the bed and breakfast and hosted accommodation sector.
They are designed to provide a benchmark of excellence and inspiration to other bed and breakfast hosts, along with showcasing the best of New Zealand hospitality within the B&B accommodation sector.
“Judging the awards programme was extremely difficult due to the very high calibre of entrants in all categories,” said Ms Jenkins.
The judges felt the London’s approach “emphasised a passion for sharing good company, enjoying quality local food and beverages, and creating a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the region and Whakaipo Lodge”.
The programme was judged by Ms Jenkins, Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s chief executive Chris Roberts and Bed & Breakfast Association New Zealand vice president Liz Webster.
The association represents and promotes home-hosted bed and breakfasts throughout the country, including homestays, farm stays, boutique, heritage and luxury accommodation.