My wife and I booked a week in the two bedroom apartment, looking for somewhere to relax and enjoy the area around Kerikeri. We were welcomed by the hosts Pip and Pete, and immediately felt at home in the superb accommodation which boasts quality fixtures and fittings, and is maintained to a very high standard. Our room opened onto the pool area, with loungers and outside seating, and the in ground spa was a bonus. There were some provisions provided, including excellent locally made muesli and a good selection of tea and coffee.
Options include a full program of fitness and healthy meals provided, and although we did not take the food, we did sample some of Pip's homemade snacks which were delicious.
The fitness facilities are first class, and Pete has done a great job on the outside 'boot camp' course. We thoroughly enjoyed the cycling, kayaking and riverside walk as additional activities, as well as the on-site gym equipment and professional training and advice.
This was one of the best experiences we have found in NZ, we have already shared it with friends and look forward to a return visit in the future.
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Pip and Pete were very friendly and helpful. Making the booking was easy and they were very accommodating when we needed to make changes to our booking a week prior to our arrival. They even offered to pick us up from the airport!
The accommodation was new and clean, and amenities were top notch. And in the kitchen was a magic bullet... With frozen berries and coconut water in the fridge for us to make healthy breakfast shakes! We also took advantage of the group classes which were fun and enjoyable even for a first-timer like me and yes, my fitness fanatic husband was in his element.
One minor hiccup was having a cold shower on the first night after a very relaxing time in the spa. This was due to the hot water tank not being turned on. The hosts were very apologetic and informed us that this has never happened before. And I'm sure it won't happen again but I'd say it's worth testing the hot water before jumping in the shower, especially in winter.
Overall, we had a great time!
We will definitely be back for more PT4ME and strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a relaxing getaway, an effective fitness camp or a bit of both.
ACCOMMODATION ONLY OPTION: (2 bed unit + additional room)
My partner and I decided to treat our Mums to a week away in the beautiful Bay of Islands. There were many options available. However, we made our decision based on location to KeriKeri and the beautiful surroundings and accommodation at PT FOR ME Retreat. We were not disappointed, it is exactly as they described on their website and the photo's don't do it justice - it actually felt like we were on a tropical island. Pip and Pete were so welcoming and it felt like we were staying with family friend’s. We had an amazing relaxing week. There are too may great things to mention:
- Pete and Pip Picked us up and dropped us off at the airport (2 vehicles to cater for our luggage)
- Wonderful welcoming hosts who recommended great places to eat/drink/see – all were amazing
- Immaculate amenities gardens/pool/spa/gym. We had access to bikes and kayaks too and were welcomed to join in on any gym classes they had scheduled. Pool loungers/inflatables/umbrellas and outdoor furniture all for our use.
- Vehicle available too
- Additions: snacks/coffee/tea/milk/toiletries/beds/linen – all high quality
- Nonintrusive hosts with 3 little jack Russell’s – Pip and Pete said they would block the dogs off from our accommodation but we are dog lovers and didn’t have an issue with them roaming free – they were extremely friendly.
- I could go on and on.... just visit and you'll see. If you have any issues Pip and Pete will go above and beyond to accommodate you.
There was only one Con. The dressing robes were extremely soft and inviting but too small for my Mum to enjoy.
I strongly recommend staying at this retreat and will visit again soon. Best suited for a family or group of friends as they have a 2 bed unit and an additional room just off their main living area but is separated with a door with a latch – very private.
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