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On the Point, Lake Rotorua 

214 Kawaha Point Road
Lake Rotorua , North Island
New Zealand
Tel: 64 7 348 4868
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
New Zealand's North Island is awash in Maori myth—nowhere more so than in Rotorua, its geothermal heartland, where even the bottled water comes with a legend involving forbidden love and an ancient curse. A 1930s mansion overlooking gloriously tranquil Lake Rotorua, On the Point is a fairy tale in its own right. Its seven acres include steep-sloped gardens, a private beach, a jetty, and even a cave. The main building's seven suites have the tasteful air of an immensely wealthy friend's home, with motion-sensitive lighting, whirlpool tubs, and power showers with wall jets for those in the mood for an upright massage; the freestanding Log Chalet has its own alfresco hot tub. The food and service are both top-notch, and the toys (billiard room, wine cellar, tennis court, gym) above reproach. At the highest point on the property is the Lake Villa, the owners' private residence, which is also for let.—2005 Hot List

When to go: Summer

Which room to book: The Log Chalet, for the maximum in romantic privacy

Amenities: Bar/lounge, Beach, Gym, Wheelchair-accessible

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