One of the things we love most about being in the Blue Pacific is how every feels a sense of companionship with each other.
Maybe it’s because we are all small islands, but sometimes it seems that we work together better than countries that are much larger and all in one spot.
PTI NZ wants to take a moment to say a special thank you to Carole Giron and Franck Rasclas who have very kindly donated a weekend away at the beautiful Cocozen Lodge and Spa in the sunny Bay of Islands including a bee experience tour.
Carole and 2 friends from Papeete (Jun Li and André Bihannic) also own a natural product store in Tahiti, but we’ll be speaking more in depth with them about being businesspeople in two countries in the next issue of Pacific Periscope!
A Beautiful Hideaway
For those currently in New Zealand the feeling of not being able to travel might have you chomping at the bit – but you can still get a warm Pasifika greeting at Cocozen Lodge and Spa.
Nestled away in the Far North, Cocozen is a Tahitian-style lodge built to offer travelling French Polynesians a home away from home.
Around a four-hour drive from central Auckland Cocozen is set in the calm and serenity amidst 10 hectares of New Zealand native trees, yet with a sea view of the Cavalli Islands, guests will soon forget their worries.
There are three comfortable chalets all with balconies and fully equipped, and for the foodies we recommend you partake in some of the French-inspired, all-natural menu on offer.
You will relax and feel rejuvenated by taking advantage of the onsite spa which comes with a swimming pool, sports room, yoga room, jacuzzi and massages (on booking).
It’s the Bees Knees
Not only does Cocozen offer a relaxing escape but they are also helping Mother Earth by having their own apiaries.
Let them know in advance and Franck will take you a special guided tour of the apiaries they have set up.
In fact, if you want to, you can also sponsor to have your own hive!
And for a full experience you can also enjoy the home-grown honey and fresh bee pollen sprinkled on Cocozen’s home-made muesli.