- Style Nautical chic
- Setting Bayside bliss
Nautical décor and a laid-back approach to luxury come together seamlessly at The Boatshed hotel on New Zealand's Waiheke Island, reachable only by ferry from Auckland. In the Hauraki Gulf off the coast of the North Island, this retreat is perched above the bay, showcasing views of Little Oneroa Beach below. Stylish, earth-toned details and quirky finishes – from lifebelts to telescopes – give this eccentric hotel extra character.
Need to know
- Rooms Seven suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $546.01 (NZD665), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast and on-island transfers.
- Facilities DVD, CD and book library. In rooms: TV, DVD/CD players, iPod dock, free WiFi, minibar, Living Nature toiletries, beach kit (including parasol, sun hats, beach bag, sand mat and sunblock).
- Poolside There's no pool, but the ocean is only three minutes' stroll away (the hotel's white-shell walkways and timber boardwalks make it a pleasant journey).
- Check–out 12pm, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Children The hotel isn’t suitable for kids under 12, so make this a romantic break.
- Eco‐friendly The Boatshed grows some of its own fruit and vegetables in its kitchen garden.
- Also For stylish beach-hopping, hire one of the Boatshed’s speedy Mini Moke Togs – Jeep-style buggies replete with an iPod loaded with jazzy, summery tunes (NZ$150 a day; book one when you reserve your room).
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We adore the three Boatshed Suites for a nostalgic beach hut look; open up the pale louvred shutters and enjoy sea breezes from your sunlounger on the secluded decks. Most romantic, though, is three-storey retreat the Lighthouse, a whitewashed wooden hideaway with a separate bedroom and dayroom; vast glass doors lead onto private decks. Keep an eye on passing boats with the handy telescope. Two new Bungalow Suites have recently been added to the property.
- Packing tips Sarong and sandals in summer – jaunty vintage sailor's hat or naval jacket in winter.
- Also Rooms come with handy beach kit, including umbrella, hats, beach bag, sand mat and sunscreen. If you fancy chilling out, beauty and spa treatments can be arranged in your boudoir.
Food and drink at The Boatshed
- Hotel restaurant Join other guests in the light, airy dining room, or opt for private dining on your balcony, by the fire or alfresco. There is a daily-changing lunch menu (NZ$20–$35) and a four-course dinner (NZ$110). Enjoy fresh Mediterranean-style fare, gourmet meat cuts or seafood platters (grilled scampi or barbecued snapper are our top tips). The free breakfast teams roasted Waiheke coffee with heavenly hot dishes such as ricotta hotcakes with maple-poached figs.
- Dress code White linen separates and a striped Breton top for relaxed seaside chic.
- Top table For breathtaking ocean views, ask to be seated out on the deck.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 8am, lunch all day long and dinner from 7.30pm. If you want a late dinner just arrange this with the hotel. Dinner is exclusive to Boatshed guests, so you have the staff's full attention.
- Room service Available 24 hours a day with a changing menu, or request a picnic. If you’re dining privately at the Lighthouse Suite you can have dishes delivered via a trad dumb waiter.
- Hotel bar Open all day, the bar sports an impressive list of local wines. The speciality cocktail is a Moscow Mule with organic ginger beer; the soundtrack spans jazz and Café del Mar tunes. There’s also free port in-room for sunset lounging.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details