Overlooking the Tasman Sea and built on a cliff face, this luxury retreat is just a 1-hour drive from Nelson. Designed to highlight the best of New Zealand, Split Apple Retreat can be defined as an exclusive, ultra-luxury and intimate wellness retreat positioned on the edge of the New Zealand's famous Abel Tasman National Park.
This iconic retreat is managed by Lee Nelson, an ex-physician who has expertise in wellness, longevity medicine and nutrition, as well as being an exceptional chef. If you're in pursuit of a week where you can relax, rejuvenate or maybe even lose a few kilos, this is the perfect place for you.
Hosting only three luxurious suites, Split Apple is the definition of personal and means you're in for an experience that could only be described as top-notch. All the suites have their own private terrace and garden, which showcase a breathtaking 180-degree view of the ocean. The rooms are also super spacious and have enough beds to sleep up to four people. The design of the retreat could be described as a mixture of contemporary architecture and Japanese influence.
All aspects of the location are focussed on relaxation, so be ready to spend your days drifting around in slippers and sporting a kimono. Not only this, you are also treated to some of the most delicious cuisine you've ever had. With a menu specifically tailored to you and with all the ingredients picked to positively impact your health and wellness, this is an experience which very few have been fortunate to enjoy before.
After a week here you'll be feeling something like the Dalai Lama, which is something we all need from time to time. In the (unlikely) situation you get away from this slice of paradise, there is also a large range of outdoor activities you can undertake which include paddle boarding, swimming, kayaking and private yacht cruises. Abel Tasman National Park, which has a number of breathtaking walks, is also just around the corner.
All up, you're looking at around NZD$2,400 per night during high season. Naturally this makes it a little out of reach for some but if you're ready to treat yourself, you can trust that you've found your dream destination.