We celebrated the change of season with summer on the way at beautiful Waimarama Beach, Hawke’s Bay. Sharing a stylish beach lodge that exuded comfort was a wonderful way to share good times with an intimate group of women, keen to meet new people.

You can see what the weekend included below. Join our Friends to be kept in the know about more relaxing retreats to come.


Arrive late afternoon and relax in front of a roaring fire with a complimentary glass of wine – either inside or outside depending on the weather. Go for a stroll on the expanse of golden sand. Over a casual evening meal, get to know your weekend house mates.


A gentle yoga session with Ann Michelle starts your day. A quick stroll on the beach if you choose and then join noted author Charity Norman. Charity has just released a new book – The Secrets of Strangers. Read a copy ahead of the weekend and gain insights into how it came about while chatting with Charity over coffee.

The afternoon will see you busy under the guidance of artist Mary Sullivan to create your own scented candles. We’ll have cute vintage containers on hand, or you can purchase from Mary.

Late afternoon is yours to indulge yourself how you choose. A beach stroll, a hike up the hill, a soak in the spa pool, or retire to your room for a read or nap. We can organise a massage for you. (This must be pre-booked.)

Join us and our guest chef, Bert van de Steeg. With a complimentary glass of wine and canapes, watch how your two-course dinner of Hawke’s Bay bounty is prepared and ask all the foodie questions you’ve always wanted to ask.


Lie in or energise the day with a brisk beach walk to build an appetite for breakfast.

Then share the delights of the Hawke’s Bay Arts Trail visiting the studios of selected accomplished artists where you can chat to learn more about what inspires their work.

Cap off the weekend with a wine tasting (if you choose) then a late, lazy lunch at a local vineyard.

Please come and join us, we’d love your company.


The style of this beach lodge, just a few minutes from the beach, is casual understated comfort, with spacious indoor areas that seamlessly flow to heated outdoor spaces. The comfortable bedrooms vary in configuration and bed size and may have a shared bathroom. The bathrooms are beautifully appointed with bathrobes, towels and toiletries supplied. Towels are supplied for the spa and pool.

Rooms are available on a first come first served basis according to availability. Some rooms can be shared, we’re happy to discuss this option.

Choose from:

Room descriptionRetreat price
Private bedroom with a comfortable king single bed, shared bathroom
$695 one person

Private bedroom with a queen bed, shared bathroom
$795 per person

Shared studio room, two queen beds, shared separate bathroom$795 per person

Private bedroom with a king bed and a luxurious ensuite bathroom $1100 one person

50 percent of the retreat price is payable as a deposit on booking. Your booking will not be accepted until we have received the deposit amount in full.

The balance of the retreat price is due 30 days prior to your arrival date (26 August 2020).


We’d love for you to join us. Complete the form and either Alison or Dale will be in touch to confirm your booking and answer any questions you may have.

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  • Two nights’ accommodation
  • Two evening meals with complimentary glass of wine
  • Two breakfasts, Saturday lunch
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Snacks, tea and coffee – self serve as you’d like
  • Time with Charity Norman, New Zealand author
  • Soy candle making class with candles to take home
  • HB Arts Trail to three or four artists’ studios
  • Swimming pool and spa
  • Travel to Saturday events and Sunday as relevant
  • Travel to and from the airport on request (pre-arranged).


  • Alcohol – other than a complimentary wine on arrival and with meals. You’re welcome to bring your own
  • Lunch on Sunday own cost
  • Massage (optional activity will need to be pre-booked)


You may cancel your booking by contacting us at any time up to your arrival date.  If you cancel:

  • 90 days prior to your arrival date, you will receive a full refund of the deposit
  • between 90 days and 30 days prior to your arrival date, 50 percent of the deposit amount will be refunded
  • 30 days or less before your arrival date, no refund is payable. 

We may offer you a refund of some or all of the retreat price in other circumstances at our sole discretion.