Hi! I have just spent 10 blissful days over Christmas and New Year at the Hotaru Chalet. My initial brief was a desire to be immersed in nature and peace and quiet. I got much more value than that!
For starters, the chalet is a real hoot! Tastefully styled with original Japanese details such as tatami mats, beautiful ceramic bowls, lanterns and a selection of Japanese goodies, including teas, sake and glorious bath salts to soak in while looking onto the forest. As for me I especially loved my Japanese robe and slippers that are provided by Anita for the comfort of her guests.
I can easily say that value extends beyond having a nice place to stay. Anita and Andrew are attentive and very caring so be prepared to feel welcomed at the Chalet by everyone, including the farm animals! Anita will introduce you to an assorted collection of characters, such as Raymond the Rooster and Bruce the household ram!
Uki, where the "mountains meets the sky", promises to immerse you in the gentle magic of the native rain forest, staying at the Chalet introduces you to the exceptional welcome of very caring hosts. It's an experience you will remember!
My family and I were keen to climb Mt Warning and on a friend's recommendation booked four nights at Chalet Hotaru. From the moment we pushed back the Japanese wooden gate we were taken on a journey of cultural delight. The Chalet was extremely comfortable, clean and equipt with all the necessities along with several thoughtful additions to give us a truly authentic Japanese experience. A generous breakfast hamper was provided complimentary for the first morning of our stay and our children delighted in feeding a variety of animals each evening. The location of the Chalet provided us with the opportunity to easily explore all that the local district had to offer. Our hosts were wonderfully attentive to our needs across our four day stay.
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We cant recommend Chalet Hotaru enough! From the moment we arrived to the moment we departed it was 5 star all the way. The beautifully appointed chalet was immaculately presented. Very clean, good quality furnishings and filled with every convenience needed for an enjoyable stay.
The bed was very comfortable to sleep in. The bath was amazing. The property is cradled in close proximity to mt warning. The gardens are lush and well cared for.
Anita and her family were just perfect hosts, nothing was too much trouble. A big shout out to Oscar for being so knowledgeable about the farm animals and the local attractions ....he was such a wonderful clever young man
So do yourself a favour and treat yourself to a wonderful relaxing stay at Chalet Hotaru. ..you won't be disappointed! We will be back ☺