Testimonials

  • "Congratulations Anne & Tony - You have created a special retreat that truly reflects the spirit of luxury, yet nestles comfortably in spectacular surroundings. Your effortless service, warm & attentive company & great food just add to the great memories from our short stay. We wish you all the very best of good fortune on your journey with The Sounds Retreat -Thanks for letting us be the 1st!"

    Wayne and Karen, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • "It was such an honor and a pleasure to stay at The Sounds - I felt like I was at home, with all its necessary comforts, and yet had the delight of feeling pampered, looked after and tended to. I wish you such massive success and feel confident that it couldn't happen to two lovelier people. You made my brief stay a joy, and I'm so excited to have been a part of the launch."

    Nadine, Santa Monica, CA, USA

  • "Thank you so much Anne and Tony for an unbelievably wonderful short stay.  We feel as though we have been away from the hustle and bustle of the city for ages!  You should be incredibly proud of your product and the level of service you deliver - just the right amount of everything!  We're your biggest fans and will tell everyone we know :-)"

    Michelle and Daniel, Wellington, NZ

  • "Thank you Anne and Tony for a fabulous stay at The Sounds Retreat.  The property is beautifully and thoughtfully designed, the food and wine was absolutely delicious & your service was first class.  And the view... WOW!  We loved the extra touches like the strawberries & the Mini!  All in all, a wonderful place to stay."

    Julia and Kurt, London, UK

  • "We never felt so close to paradise!  Thank you Anne, Tony & Brandon!!!  We enjoyed every moment of our stay: great view, great food, great & cordial hospitality!  And the best Bircher Muesli in the Southern and Northern(!) hemisphere.  Thanks for the great time & all the best."

    The Mauerer Family, Munich, Germany

  • "Thank you Anne & Tony for your outstanding hospitality, the unforgettable dining overlooking a stunning panorama.  Even the misty rain couldn't dampen the wonderful memories of the Sound.  We loved being your first honeymooners!  Thanks for making our stay so very special, and we absolutely adored the "angels" that reside here.  We feel honoured to have christened the new cabana, what a place for gourmet dining and stunning views.  We captured many landscapes on camera.  The Mini convertible was great fun, a priority purchase on our return home :-)  All the best in your new and wonderful journey here & to Brandon in 2013.  A very Happy New Year from the newlyweds :)"

    Tony & Michelle, Gold Coast, Australia

  • "Dear Anne & Tony – Thank you for being so gracious & kind to us on our short vacation. It truly deserves to be called a retreat! Everything is more than picture perfect and nothing is left to be desired. You two are amazing (as is Brandon) – from the room to the fun to the food! Fantastic! You have a little piece of heaven here – Thank you so so much for sharing it with us. Hope to see you soon! Happy New Year! Xo deb & tim "

    Deborah & Tim, Los Angeles, California, USA

  • "Veni, vidi, vici said Caesar when he defeated Pharnakas II within five days.  Although we had only three days, we already said at the first day!  We came, we saw, we were fascinated!  It's such an amazing place, it's an incredible view, in front of us a calm sea, green mountains which gently ascending from the sound, a remarkable tranquility and at the end a sensual scenery. Anne and Tony gave us a maximum of attention.  We felt like being at home.  Tony the new Star-Cook in New Zealand got an additional star from the German Gourmet-Team, Mascha and Peter.  Now he is the first one in the world who has 4 stars.  Congratulations Tony!  We are sorry that we couldn't stay longer.  The three nights we had, were definitely too short. Dear Anne, Dear Tony:  Thank you very much for your warm welcome and for your friendly pampering. We wish you all the best and a lot of success with The Sounds Retreat.  Mascha & Peter"

    Mascha and Peter, Frankfurt, Germany

  • "Dear Anne, Tony and Brandon (and Bruce), we felt very much like staying at a friend's house, not so much guests of a lodge.  You have created a beautiful place in the perfect spot and we were very happy to rest our minds and bodies here.  Thanks for your hospitality and the great food!!  (especially the Porterhouse :)  )Pia, Randolf, Rosalie"

    Randolf, Pia and Rosalie, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • "WHAT A PERFECT PARADISE! The food was super, in fact best dining room with the views that are unsurpassed. Anne & Tony, what a fantastic place you have and your excellent friendliness this makes for a special holiday. Cheers and Best wishes for the future Anne-Marie & Bruce"

    Anna-Marie & Bruce, Christchurch, New Zealand

  • "Dear Anne & Tony, Thank you so much for all the extra miles you went to pamper us!  This spot is a piece of paradise, we just can't think of anything that could have been better. Just perfect!  We are sure this is one of NZ's premier top hotel lodges and locations, filled up with your outstanding hospitality and attention to every little detail. We hope to be back soon... Wishing you all the best Hans-Peter & Annett"

    Hans-Peter & Annett, Berlin, Germany

  • "Superb meals, spiced with magnificent views, topped with a flawless accomodation having everything (and more) than you can hope for, with as the icing on the cake: the best hosts ever!  Thank you so much, Anne & Tony, for making our stay not just memorable, but really unforgettable... Not just a Sounds Retreat, but definitely an utmost Perfect Retreat! We'll be back ... Big Hug, Yves and Martine"

    Martine & Yves, Heusden, Belgium

  • "Dear Anne and Tony, It's been a wonderful and enjoyable trip in South Island of New Zealand; though it's our third trip there. We must thank both of you for helping us out while we found our car key lost. It's a terrible thing to happen when you are traveling abroad. And that's why we always pick New Zealand instead of China (where is closer and easier for us) when we'd like to relax. We thank also for the photos and video you took for us during our seaplane flight. You didn't expect it's a prolonged one. The Sounds Retreat is surely one of our favorite because of the views overlooking the Queen Charlotte Sound, the beauty of the architecture and easygoing lifestyle. Hoping to see you soon also. Best Regards, Marine and W.K."

    Marine & W.K., Hong Kong

  • "Dear Anne & Tony Thank you so much for being such generous & welcoming hosts. Firstly - You were generous enough to offer a stay here as a fund-raiser for a lovely woman coping with cancer - and we were the lucky winners! Secondly - You have been charming hosts and have spoilt us no end with delicious meals & wine & every comfort we could wish for. What a stunning place to come to .... and a trip in the Mini Cooper S capped if off! We hope to be back Sue & Ron"

    Sue & Ron, Christchurch, New Zealand

  • "Dear Anne & Tony, What a special place you have created!  A spectacular location with the greatest hospitality, food, wine & lively conversation.  We appreciate so very much all the thoughtful ways you took care of us - from the itinerary & winery recommendations, to the medicine, gym, and the use if the Mini car.  All of it just terrific with all your many special touches. We hope to see you again & experience The Sounds Retreat again.  Please put us on your calendar for 2014.  It seems like a long time from now - but it gives us another fabulous trip to look forward to. Our very best wishes for continued success.  Thank you for making our trip to NZ so special.  Russell & Mark."

    Russell & Mark, Los Angeles, California, USA

  • "Anne & Tony (and of course Bruce) Thank you all for a fabulous stay the The Sounds Retreat.  You have certainly thought of everything in pampering your lucky guests.  You have exceeded our expectations! The views, food and hospitality have been amazing. All the best. Kind Regards Tania & Rick"

    Tania & Rick, Red Beach, NZ

  • "Dear Anne and Tony. We don't know where to start! Your  place is a jewel in the sounds beyond our expectations.  The views are spectacular, the food and wines are amazing, your hospitality and warm welcome are first class.  Anne, your tarte tartin was to die for and Tony, I promise I will try the sous vide technique asap. We hope to see you again in the near future and enjoy The Sounds Retreat again. Cheers and all the best Anne-Marie and Fabrice Avec toute notre amitie"

    Anne-Marie and Fabrice, Titirangi - Auckland, NZ

  • "Dear Anne and Tony, Brandon, and Bruce, and the mini, This has been a life changing experience for us. An amazing journey of self discovery for us.  Your hospitality and warm, inviting atmosphere has been overwhelming for us.  A unique and special paradise which both of you have created and ultimate outstanding retreat. Many thanks to both of you Kind Regards Celeste and Brian one word WOW!!!"

    Brian & Celeste, North Canterbury, NZ

  • "Dear Anne & Tony What a perfect piece of heaven you have created here! The views in every direction are spectacular. You have created such a lovely place & put so much thought into supplying every need or want, we felt we were home except for special view you made my birthday special! I loved the beautiful lilies when we walked in, the coffee, chocs, fruit, wonderful massage, your apple TV, little Mini, the heated floor, great comfy bed etc etc. The evening meal was just beautiful, the food yum, view amazing, ambience superb, wine wonderful. You are wonderful thoughtful hosts and the memory of this place will stay in my heart forever, Thank you! Hope to see you again! Kevin & Kim xxx PS Superb breakfast too!! Wish you all the best"

    Kevin & Kim, Gold Coast, Australia

  • "Dear Anne, Tony, Brandon & Bruce We have just experienced two nights of complete bliss!  You have created an amazing getaway. From the moment we arrived everything has just been perfect.  Your hospitality is out of this world, you are so thoughtful and caring, this is paradise....  The views, food, ambience, the retreat, all the little extras come together to make this an unfortgettable experience.  We will certainly spread the word and hopefully come back one day.  Wishing you every success that you so deserve.  John & Kim"

    John & Kim, Geelong Vic, Australia

  • "This was a special treat for John's birthday & following the Queen Charlotte Walk.  And what a phenomenal stay!  Peace & tranquility & superb views, not to mention the wonderful attention, cuisine (both Tony & Anne!), hospitatlity from our hosts.  Everything was exquisitely thought out & memories of this stay will be with us as tops.  We hope to visit again (perhaps at the end of another NZ walk!).  We wish you well at the Sounds Retreat.  Suzanne & John"

    Suzanne & John, South Melbourne, Australia

  • "Dear Anne & Tony (& Bruce), Thankyou so much for making the last few days of our wedding-moon absolutely amazing!  You have created paradise and we really do not want to leave! Everything about our stay here has been perfect - from the awesome food (and wine) to the excellent hot tub, perfect for admiring the views from whilst relaxing!  All the activities you organised for us were brilliant fun and the personal attention given to us made us feel so welcome in your wonderful home.  This small paragraph has not done justice to the once in a lifetime experience we have had here! Thanks again for everything - we really hope to come back! xx  Hannah & Will"

    Hanna & Will, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

  • "Retreat = Retreat To ourselves, to nature, to tranquillity and shelter. The Sounds a wonderful retreat with loving care from you Anne and Anthony,. Every little detail thought of with perfection. This is pure luxury. Fantastically created meals, and delicious wines: That’s life!! Absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you so much that we got to meet you. We wish you and your family all the best. Mandy & Ronny"

    Ronny & Mandy, Dresden, Germany

  • "Leigh:  If you don't like/enjoy this experience you must be dead!!!! Leeann:  To borrow the words of Leonard Cohen regarding the Webb sisters, this stay was sublime. The great art of very good hosts is that no matter who you are they make you feel as if you are the most special person in the world.  Congratulations Anne & Tony on achieving this very rewarding experience. Au revoir.  X "

    Leeann & Leigh, NSW, Australia

  • "Great experience!  Fantastic views, excellent food, friendly hosts.  What a great combination!"

    Anton & Anna, Moscow, Russia

  • "The Sounds Retreat is just that and it is also Paradise.  Breathtaking view!  All our needs and wants were achieved in this haven of rest and recreation.  The soft furnishings and lounges, luxury spa and bath, so tastefully attended to.  Our hosts Anne and Tony outstanding professionals, giving us great attention to detail and advice on activities and locations of interest.  Greg loved driving the Mini Convertible!  The massage after a five day walk in Abel Tasman was perfect.  Great selection of vino!  Bruce, you greeted us like old friends, we adored you!  Exquisite food & preparation & presentation.  The Sounds Retreat is a place where you are treated like royalty - heaven.  Will be highly recommended to all our friends in Australia.  Thank you Anne & Tony."

    Elissa & Greg, Epping, Sydney, Australia

This is New Zealand at its finest.

The Sounds Retreat, 215 Anakiwa Road, Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand
Tel: +6435742965 Email: thesoundsretreat@gmail.com