on May 26, 2010
After several days of hiking capped with a day of nervous left-side driving, my plush room at the Breakers delivered all the Zen-filled comfort I didn’t know I needed. Filled with soothing colors and natural touches, overlooking green hills reaching to the pebble beaches of the Tasman Sea, it delivered comfort, style, and relaxation, perfectly.The Breakers offers boutique accommodations in four bedrooms: two in the main house and two in a garden annex. My room, Breakwater, is one of the two rooms on the second floor of the main house. I grabbed one of the homemade ginger cookies waiting for me and settled right onto the fluffy bed. And then the other bed. And then the leather chairs. And then the deck. It’s a room made for relaxing and listening to the sound of the surf outside.Sea views through floor-to-ceiling windows are the main focal point of the room, but there’s also a flat-screen TV and incredibly fast, free Wi-Fi. Even the bathroom—the sleek, modern, beautifully appointed bathroom—offers a wide view of the sea.I tore myself away from the cozy room to make the 10-minute walk to a quiet expanse of beach, where I sat on a piece of driftwood and enjoyed views of the breakers in front of me, and the Breakers behind me, in total peace. I may have stumbled across one of the best places for quiet contemplation in the world.The rooms in the main house share a hallway service area stocked with tea and coffee, and all guests can add dinner to the bed-and-breakfast service. I ate at the house with the other two guests—a fruit grower from Australia and his wife—and enjoyed a fantastic roast-chicken lasagna. We met again over a breakfast of cereals, yogurt, fruit, spreads (including delicious manuka honey and handmade jams), and eggs.Guests have access to more than meals, with books, DVDs, and board games scattered around the main floor.The final thing that puts the Breakers above and ahead of most bed-and-breakfasts is its dedication to environmentally friendly hospitality policies. There are low-flush toilets and low-flow showerheads, low-energy lights with motion-sensor technology, composting, recycling bins, eco-friendly cleaning products, filtered rainwater, and local produce and toiletries. The owners are also involved in the local blue penguin trust and stoat-control program.When you want to get away from it all in comfort and style, the Breakers offers a perfect stay on New Zealand’s beautiful West Coast.
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