Where in the world do our well-traveled Kiwi Experts most like to overnight? Every Thursday, a different expert dishes on their five favorite hotels. This week it’s Mary Gostelow, a writer and editor who’s arguably the most-traveled lady of the 21st century.
Since Mary’s visited a list of hotels about as long as Imelda Marco’s shoe inventory, she chose based on her love of breakfast.
1. Hotel das Cataratas, Itaipu, Brazil
Walk along the amazing Iguazu Falls before the tourists arrive, then the Brazilian mango on the buffet. Overnight in Owner Lulu Correia de Araújo’s favorite suite, take a helicopter ride over the world’s widest waterfall complex, laze by the outdoor pool and enjoy the Natura spa.
2. The Grove, Chandler’s Cross, England
Cycle some of the 300 acres of rolling pasture before a breakfast buffet that even includes whole hams to carve. Stay in an 18th century mansion room, look out over championship Kyle Phillips golf course and enjoy the fabulous ESPA and Technogym.
3. La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
Look out at sweet-smelling orange groves and hear the birds with an outdoor breakfast poolside. You are five minutes’ walk from Bab Jdid circle and close to the Koutoubia Mosque and markets. Later, recover in the spa (with two hammams).
4. InterContinental, Hong Kong, S.A.R.
Take Tai Chi poolside before partaking in the Club Lounge buffet. Follow that up with retail time or a visit to iSpa. Wake in a harbor-facing room, with a wall-to-wall window for views of the world’s most fascinating crisscrossing of boats.
5. Jonah’s, New South Wales, Australia
You are 90 minutes’ drive north of Sydney. Wake up in your glass-box room, look far down to the surf of the Tasman Sea below. You run down there, to Whale Beach, to work up an appetite for the Aussie fare that is the à la carte breakfast. Justin Bieber and Bono love it here too.