The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Bec Spa Resort Luxury Lodge

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Aloka and Leon Baumgarten
81 Cob Cottage Road, Blenheim, Marlborough

Tel: + 64 (0)3-579-4446
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Fax: + 64 (0)3-579-4446

My mother would have surely barked "close your mouth!" as I drove up to Bec Spa. The views here are outstanding, panoramic in the true sense of the word: 360 degrees of ocean, vineyard and mountain.....

.... Inside the house is, of course, no less impressive. Leon and Aloka are an extremely well-travelled couple (American- and Sri Lankan-born respectively) and the house abounds with curios, photographs and artworks gathered together from around the world. Everywhere your eye rests on something pleasing, whether it be a creation of nature or man-made. With such a sophisticated collector's eye at play, each room is enchanting: my attention was caught by too many exotic objects to list here (but I definitely wanted to spend the night in that four-poster bed guarded by a laughing Buddha... two walls of windows slide back to let sunshine, ocean, mountains and vineyards almost climb into bed with you). This is a place for a proper pampering. Aside from the spa pool, steam room, pool and gym, there are massage therapies, body wraps, facials and yoga all available. And the menu this year is Michelin-inspired. If you are not careful you will be lulled into such a slow state of bliss - with all senses satisfied - that leaving Bec Spa may become tricky... if not impossible! Committed to sustainable environmental practices. Packages available.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Meals Can Be Provided    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Whale-watching from Property    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Horses available    Township Visits or Cultural Experiences    Gourmet Cuisine Available    Canoeing    History Tours    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 5: 1 king with en/s shower over bath; 1 queen with en/s shower and spa bath; 3 queens with en/s shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Welcome wine reception. Meals $125 per person including wine.
Directions: South from Blenheim on SH1 towards Christchurch 4km, turn R on to Cob Cottage Road. Bec Spa is at the top of the hill.

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