Which homegrown boutique hotels made the world’s best list?

The ninth global Boutique Hotel Awards held in London this week saw two Kiwi entrants named among an elite group of winners.

While Bali’s Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa was crowned Best Boutique Hotel In The World for the second year running, our homegrown bespoke properties made a strong showing as the only Australasian awardees.

World’s Best New Hotel went to the classic and classy Te Koi The Lodge At Bronte in the Nelson region, and the World’s Most Sustainable Hotel was named as the enigmatic Donkey Bay Inn near Russell, Northland.

The winners were chosen from a list of some 300 nominees across more than 80 countries with each property received a personal visit from an experienced hotel judge before the decisions were made.

Te Koi Lodge, which was taken on by owners Ian and Ali Metcalfe in 2017 and turned into a luxury retreat, offers suites, villas and a main residence served by helipads.

Overlooking the Waimea Estuary, each elegantly styled property features custom art works, luxury furnishings and private terraces with water and mountain views.

Priced from $1390 per night for a couple, it includes “full gourmet breakfast” and the opportunity to indulge in “a sumptuous three-course dinner” – either by dining in or taking a stroll to the Lodge, nestled among the property’s immaculately landscaped gardens.

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The entrance to Donkey Bay Inn. Image:

The wind and solar-powered Donkey Bay Inn, named the World’s Most Sustainable Hotel, is an entirely different offering. Described as operatic, artistic and enigmatic, this uniquely quirky property, entered through a garden tunnel and private courtyard, boasts four exotically-styled suites, all of which make the most of the property’s hilltop position overlooking Waitata and Oneroa Bay.

The building is ecologically responsible, its eight-metre ceilings supporting a living rooftop which camouflages the property. Year round the estate is supported by Wooffers (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) and it produces its own electricity, drinking water, fruit, veggies, olives and honey.

Accommodation is priced from $450-$1200, and extras including silver service morning and afternoon tea served in a choice of locations, plus easy access to a private naturist beach.

The full list of world’s best boutique hotels is:

World’s Best Boutique Hotel: Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas, Bali, Indonesia

World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel: Emaho Sekawa, Fiji, South Pacific

World’s Best City Explorer: Riad Kheirredine, Marrakech, Morocco

World’s Best Classic Elegance Hotel: Relais & Chateaux Hotel Heritage, Bruges, Belgium

World’s Best Culinary Excellence: Velaa Private Island, Maldives

World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel: Byblos Art Hotel, Verona, Italy

World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway: Drake Bay Getaway Resort, Costa Rica

World’s Best New Hotel: Te Koi The Lodge At Bronte, New Zealand

World’s Most Chic Hotel: Arctic Light Hotel, Rovaniemi, Finland

World’s Best Relaxation Retreat: Green Spa Resort Stanglwirt, Austria

World’s Most Romantic Retreat: Rancho Pacifico, Uvita, Costa Rica

World’s Most Sustainable Hotel: Donkey Bay Inn, Russell, New Zealand

World’s Best Wellness Spa: Masseria San Domenico, Puglia, Italy

World’s Most Stunning Views: Hanging Gardens Of Bali, Bali, Indonesia

World’s Best Family Hotel: Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge, Greater Kruger, South Africa


Kate Jackson

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