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    News bites – 23 July 2021

    Otahuna Lodge Announces “Daffodil Season” Special Offer

    Otahuna Lodge and its garden of daffodils

    While many of us may not yet be able to take up this great package, we can live in hope! As spring arrives in New Zealand, Otahuna Lodge, will be showcasing a yellow brick road of sorts. For well over a century, the daffodil fields at Otahuna have welcomed spring in Canterbury. Otahuna Lodge are welcoming spring with more than just daffodils.

    Otahuna Lodge’s ‘Daffodil Season” package allows guests to enjoy the following inclusions:

    NZ’s Otahuna Lodge lake and bridge

    • Double occupancy accommodation in one of Otahuna’s 5 luxurious Suites
    • Complimentary upgrade to a Master Suite per availability at time of arrival
    • Pre-dinner drinks with canapés each evening
    • An exquisite 4-course, set menu dinner each evening
    • One bottle of premium New Zealand wine from the Lodge Cellar (for every two guests) each evening
    • Full cooked breakfast each morning
    • A picnic lunch with one bottle of premium New Zealand Wine to be enjoyed once during your stay
    • A private, guided tour of Otahuna’s 30 acres of historic gardens and fabled daffodil field
    • A complimentary copy of For the Love of a Place: The Stories and Cuisine of Otahuna

    Otahuna Lodge is a beguiling Victorian mansion wrapped in storytelling and means ‘little hill among the hills’ in Maori. Perched on a hill, the lodge lies between the rocky outcrops of the Banks Peninsula, commanding views of the breath-taking Southern Alps’ and vast Canterbury Plains.

    Queen Anne Architecture Otahuna Lodge

    Regarded as the best example of Queen Anne architecture in Australasia, the property’s distinctive features such as a hand-carved Kauri staircase, Rimu panelling, original lead lights and fifteen, working wood-burning fireplaces have brought Otahuna Lodge the honour of a Category 1 “icon” listing with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

    Located 30 minutes from Christchurch, Otahuna Lodge is a base from with to explore the picturesque Banks Peninsula, the city of Christchurch, and the greater Canterbury region.

    Globally renowned for its remarkable architecture, award-winning gardens and sophisticated cuisine, Otahuna Lodge is set in pastoral surroundings against the fluted cone of an ancient volcano.

    COMO Shambhala introduces La Dolce Vita to Tuscany

    COMO Castello Del Nero Reception Lobby Seated Area with Staff Member. Image by Martin Morrell

    Can you say you’ve visited a health retreat if you haven’t visited COMO Shambhala? Of course it’s a rhetorical question, but if you’ve ever been on your stomach, head to the side while feeling the deliciousness of your muscles being stretched by one of their incredible massage therapists while you inhale some ethereal scent from some type of eau de heaven being rubbed into your thirsty pores, you will understand.

    COMO Castello Del Nero Yoga in Italian Gardens. Image by Martin Morr

    COMO Shambhala has added an even more compelling reason to visit the lush fields of Tuscany when our jailer finally sets us free to discover the fragrances, tastes and sounds from some far away destination (that isn’t in Western Australia.)

    An holistic sanctuary on a rambling 740 acres designed by one of Milan’s finest is awaiting our isolated beings to make connection with this world class retreat. It boasts the necessities, an indoor gym and a forest gym, a relaxation area, views of Tuscan countryside, yoga and pilates studios, thermal suites, 25 metre swimming pool and two tennis courts.

    COMO Castello Del Nero Shambhala Retreat Close Up Body Scrub. Image by Martin Morrell

    Take ten years off with non-surgical and anti-ageing facials, and body therapies using local lavender and olive oil. Sup on fresh produce which nourishes the body and soul. Wander fragrant gardens and sample manna from the local area in the form of wine, honey and olives. Cycle through forests and olive groves, walk by towering vistas of vineyards and embark on Tuscan truffle hunting before learning to cook Italian specialities in cooking classes with Executive Chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro.

    Indulge your sweet tooth by making gelato with an Italian master or make like Richard Branson and take off in a hot air balloon. COMO awaits.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager.

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