Kinloch, Taupo, New Zealand
A Golf Mecca
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What it is
A cluster of modern yet playful suites and villas within New Zealand’s only Jack Nicklaus-designed course.
What it isn't
Golf obsessed. Sure, it’s home to one of the best courses in the world. But there’s also white-water rafting in Taupo basin, skiing volcanic Mount Ruapehu, hiking Tongariro National Park...the list goes on.
What we think
It’s difficult to design anything that could compare with the rolling, verdant green hillocks of Kinloch Club’s golf course, made all the more eye-catching thanks to mirror-like Lake Taupo beyond. But the architects and designers behind Kinloch Club’s interiors triumphed. In the main lodge, floor to ceiling windows and coffee-hued wood walls maximize the view, sure, but there’s plenty to love indoors, including tufted tuxedo sofas, cowhide rugs and glitzy chandeliers that draw the eye up into the expansive ceilings. Guest rooms are fitted with soaking tubs, handmade (in New Zealand, natch) rugs, and a pair of sinks in the bathroom to keep relationship squabbles to a minimum.
You're here because
You’re fervently locavore, which can be hard to do on vacation. So you were delighted to hear that the hotel’s chefs grow their own produce and even source their own game right on the property.
After a morning on the course, you’re absolutely spent. Thankfully, the Kinloch’s spa knows just how to reverse course. After your coconut and lime flower body polish, which leaves your skin feeling fresh as the morning dew, you’re massaged with hot New Zealand river stones and hear yourself sigh with delight. Golf, schmolf.
A three hour drive southeast of the Auckland airport, but only a two minute drive from Kinloch, a village on Whangamata Bay renowned for its fly-fishing and bike trails.