Perched over the edge of Tauranga Harbor, this is one of the top end hotels in the Bay of Plenty. Three stories high and built across three piers, the best of the rooms curve around the water's edge and look out iacross the water. Rooms are spacious and simply designed; local artwork catches the red of the pohutukawa trees that flank the hotel. All of the bathrooms have bathtubs (unusual in this region) along with heated floors. Options range from exectuive rooms to a
three bedroom penthouse. The hotel's reasonably priced restaurant, Halo ($$$), is frequented by locals and guests alike for meals or cocktails. On Friday nights a pianist turns out jazz numbers on the grand piano in the hotel's Halo Lounge. Staff are friendly and unpretentious.