Travel + Leisure Magazine readers have chosen The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs as Number One in the World in the World’s Best Awards 2012 – World’s Best Service. And for the first time in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards’ history, Kauri Cliffs is one of only three resorts, all in far-flung destinations, to ever receive the unprecedented 100.00 point perfect service score.
The poperty is located in Northland, in the north of New Zealand. Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands are part of the panorama which can be viewed from the verandas, lounge and restaurant.
The main lodge consists of a spacious beamed living room, meeting room, card room, fitness centre, spa and small computer room. Gourmet a la carte dining is available in the main dining room or on the verandas. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,119 yards/6,510 metres and offers four sets of tees to challenge every skill level.
Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs, which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. Other amenities include two Astroturf tennis courts and a heated outdoor infinity swimming pool with Jacuzzi. A new Spa nestled in a Totara forest contains four treatment rooms, sauna, indoor heated lap pool, jacuzzi and a fully equipped fitness centre. Kauri Cliffs has three secluded private swimming beaches.
Rankings are based on reader votes collected in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2012 Survey. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, a 6000 acre oceanfront hideaway on New Zealand”s North Island, is the only New Zealand property to be honoured in the World’s Best Awards 2012 in any category. Owned and developed by American billionaire Julian Robertson and family, and managed by Julian “Jay” Robertson III , The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is sister property to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers (Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand) and Matakauri Lodge (Queenstown, New Zealand). All are members of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux collection.