Above: Grounds and exterior - The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Editor Rating Scale of 90-100
Set on 6,000 scenic acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this plantation-style lodge has its own world-class championship golf course. Rooms are limited to 23 suites situated at the edge of a semitropical woodland facing the sea and links. Each unit, stylishly decorated by Virginia Fisher, features a scenic veranda. A casually elegant lodge opens into a glass-enclosed dining room serving Pacific Rim cuisine (dinner jackets required). The Pebble Beach-like golf course, featuring six dramatic cliffside holes, plus nine others with ocean views, has been recently redesigned by renowned golf architect Rees Jones. The property also encompasses an excellent practice range, an infinity pool, tennis courts, three private beaches, a fitness center and a spa. Horseback riding, kayaking and fishing excursions, plus helicopter tours over the surrounding islands, can be arranged by the hotel.
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