Cape Kidnappers voted Number 1 Resort Hotel in Australia and New Zealand, Travel + Leisure

Posted on July 09, 2020

For the second consecutive year, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers has been voted the Number One resort hotel in Australia & New Zealand, by Travel + Leisure readers in the publication’s highly regarded World’s Best Awards 2020. 
The accolade was announced overnight by the US-based magazine and leading travel authority, and is well timed for Cape Kidnappers’ eminent re-opening to New Zealanders on August 1. 
This latest award recognition is testament to the exceptional hospitality experience, and timeless style offered by this uniquely New Zealand luxury lodge. It also reflects the high level of esteem that Robertson Lodges are held in, by discerning travellers world-wide, and how much New Zealanders have to be proud of on the global hospitality front.
“It has indeed been a challenging year for the hospitality industry, and to be named the number one resort in Australasia is just so uplifting."  said Jay Robertson, Chief Operating Officer of the family-owned business, Robertson Lodges.  "In New Zealand, the country where the ‘luxury lodge’ phenomenon was born, and the accommodation bar is set high, this accolade says a lot about the guest experience at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. We offer a personally tailored and genuine style of hospitality, and our guests really do come first. This is truly a heartfelt honour for the entire Robertson Lodges team”, Robertson added.
This award should spark travel inspiration for New Zealanders as they begin to enjoy post-lockdown breaks and holidays in their own beautiful backyard, and also for Australians who are hopeful for a “Trans-Tasman bubble” soon. Robertson Lodges recently announced a Spring Special offer, designed to welcome more New Zealand guests to the lodges to experience and enjoy what travellers around the world have acknowledged as the World’s Best.
Guests staying at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers can readily explore the acclaimed Hawke’s Bay wine region – with its world-class wineries, just beyond the Farm gates. Add to the offering with the opportunity to explore unique activities presented within the 6,000-acre property ¬– visit the Cape Sanctuary and the Gannet Colony, play the world-ranked Cape Kidnappers golf course, relax and unwind at the Spa, and to savour  exquisite seasonal cuisine and wine offerings.
Since opening to international acclaim in 2007, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers has set a benchmark for a relaxed and laid-back style of authentic luxury that is both quintessentially New Zealand, yet sophisticated and world-class. The property is a New Zealand icon and this heart-warming award recognition clearly shows that The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is much loved by guests from around the world.
Expanding on the inspiration and impact of the important awards, Travel + Leisure magazine’s Editor, Jacqui Gifford, commented, "Travel + Leisure recognizes that the travel industry as a whole is facing difficult circumstances right now. We also know that, even during this unprecedented period, hospitality can act as a tremendous force for good, and we look forward to finding ways to celebrate the best of travel — the places and companies we’re all eager to support as soon as we are able. Our World’s Best Awards is one opportunity to do just that. I congratulate all of this year’s winners, who have worked so hard to be among the world’s best.”
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