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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Have spent 4 nights at this wonderful place. The units are perfect - well presented with magnificent views over the water with Russell as a backdrop. Marilyn the owner/host is very friendly and cannot do enough to make your stay a memorable experience. We hope to return in the not to distant future.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank chicko7
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MARILYN K, Owner at Absolute Bliss Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2017

Dear Chicko,
Wow thank you for your review of your recent stay at Absolute Bliss.
I am always appreciative of your taking the time to write a review and it was my pleasure that you enjoyed your stay and I do look forward to your return any time.
Kind regards
Marilyn

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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful apartment! It has stunning views - over the bay and the bush. Just a quick stroll down to the township.
And what a way to be woken up each morning - tuis jumping on the tress, feasting on the nectar from the blossoms . Amazing !!!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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MARILYN K, Owner at Absolute Bliss Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Dear Vanessa ,wow thank you for your review of your recent stay at AbsoluteBliss.
The Tuis and Wood Pigeons are enjoying their time here too ,and we are so lucky to have beautiful bush and blossom surrounding us and wonderful birdsong daily,thanlook out across the shimmering water to Russell.This is why the very first guests called it "AbsoluteBliss."

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Reviewed 2 August 2017

You drive up the steepest drive you've ever been up, then take an elevator to your apartment, and you then are greeted with fantastic hospitality, a stunning view, a really comfortable bed, a well provided continental breakfast (we were on B&B rates), and free wifi. Really recommended. Marilyn was a superb hostess. The whole experience was first rate.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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MARILYN K, Owner at Absolute Bliss Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Dear David,thank you for taking the time to do a wonderful review of your recent stay with me at Absolute Bliss..
I am happy to be able to offer an upgrade if I have availability,
It was my pleasure to welcome and ensure your stay was great ,and I look forward to when you will return in the future.
Kind regards
Marilyn

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Reviewed 14 April 2017

Just the perfect spot to stay and visit the bay of island. Apartment is very well equipped with nice coffee replenished each day. Comfy bed and magnificent view. Lovely friendly hostess who couldn't do enough to make our stay perfect. Thankyou so much.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Catherine A
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MARILYN K, Owner at Absolute Bliss Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2017

Dear Catherine,
Thank you so much for writing a review of your recent stay with me at Absolute Bliss.
It was my pleasure to meet and host you and you were the perfect guests.
I do so appreciate when guests write to Trip advisor of their experience,so others too looking will appreciate what you enjoyed.
Please return any time in the future.
Kind Regards
Marilyn

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Reviewed 25 January 2017

Absolute Bliss is aptly named. It includes two beautifully decorated and appointed studio apartments (recently refurbished), with everything one could think of, and then more, needed for a short or long stay. Our stay was only 10 days in the Platinum suite and we weren’t at all ready to leave at the end of our stay—it went far too quickly. Our suite (both suites are nearly identical) included a fully equipped kitchen (mini-fridge not a full fridge) and all the amenities you would normally expect in a 5-star hotel (such as quality soap, shampoo, tissues, beautifully soft robes, coffee, tea, and much, much more). In fact, we stayed at the Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (a 4.5 star hotel) in Auckland immediately before coming here and its kitchen wasn’t half as well equipped.

The deck is large and roomy, with a table, chairs, loungers, umbrellas for shade, a large propane BBQ ready for use, but most of all with a spectacular view of the harbour. Although it was a shared deck with the unit on the other side, it was very private on our own side of the deck as well as having our own set of stairs and entrance to use. We seldom saw or heard our neighbours when the other unit was occupied during our time here, and that included anyone staying in the B&B room that is also available.

The location is ideal—a short walk to the center of town, as well as both ends. Absolute Bliss is located on a hill, as are most places in Paihia, with a steep driveway. We are in our 60’s and went for a walk at least three times a day and had no difficulty with the driveway.

There is lots to do in Paihia and surrounding regions--we were overwhelmed with choices. However, in addition to touring around during our stay we also wanted to rest and relax while here and catch up with some work. This location was perfect for our needs, and my husband and I each had lots of room to work and the WiFi was excellent for our purposes.

However, the star of this place is Marilyn—a consummate hostess. She was available, without being intrusive, to offer us inside advice about the area and we benefited significantly from her insights. She had treats waiting for us when we arrived and when we departed. She serviced our apartment daily thoroughly—incredibly clean—and made us feel like welcome and honoured guests.

This was our first visit to Paihia, indeed to New Zealand, and it won’t be our last. Thank you Marilyn for helping make our first visit such a memorable one.

Room Tip: Both the Gold and Platinum suites are comparable and both have great views with the edge going to the Platinum suite in our opinion.
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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MARILYN K, Owner at Absolute Bliss Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2017

Dear BATGBT ,
Wow, thank you both for writing such a wonderful precise review of Absolute Bliss ,,because you can advise future guests what to expect and what is here.
I really appreciate your long booking and it was my pleasure and delight to host such wonderful interesting guests from Canada.
I will always remember your review and what it can mean to prospective guests ,because you have touched on so many facets of your stay here.
I do so look forward to the day when you can return and I can welcome you back to Absolute Bliss.
All the best for a wonderful year.
Kind regards Marilyn

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