Fodor's Expert Review Minaret Lodge
34 Eely Point Rd., Wanaka, Otago, 9343, New Zealand
Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.
This five-star luxury retreat has eco-friendly accommodations, from the natural materials used in the chalets to organic coffee and cuisine. It's also hobbit-friendly: they have a themed Lord of the Rings room. The 2-acre property has mountain views and is surrounded by trees and gardens, and facilities include a spa, tennis court, pétanque, and mountain bikes. Rates include elegant breakfast, regional wine tastings and hors d'oeuvres; you can also arrange for dinner, or ask the hosts what's hot in town.
- very quiet retreat in the Wanaka township
- tennis and mountain bikes available
- Lord of the Rings–themed rooms and menu are fun
- a 15-minute walk from town
- no direct lake views
Rate Includes: Breakfast, Credit cards accepted