Put yourselves in the hands of experienced, caring hosts who are attentive to your needs, yet mindful of your privacy, who can help you with the many local sights and activities, make restaurant recommendations, and bookings on your behalf.
Carol & Bruce Hyland developed their first luxury boutique B&B Inn in Devonport, Auckland in 1992. In 1996, they bought the house next door, and opened Hyland House, a more exclusive and elegantly luxurious accommodation (now reverted to a private home). After 10 years hosting more than 12,000 guests from around the world, the lure of Akaroa, and the beauty of the South Island enticed them into a new venture - Maison de la Mer.
Carol is New Zealand born, although she lived overseas for 26 years in England and Canada. She has a lifelong interest in food, art, architecture and interior design.
Bruce has a Canadian background. His business experience has been as a Management Consultant, specializing in strategic planning with large companies, around the world. He has a passion for sailing and continues to race sailboats in Akaroa harbour.
Both Carol and Bruce love to travel, and during the 1980s they and their three young children embarked on a series of year long adventures living aboard their sailboat in the Bahamas.
Carol and Bruce have totally refurbished Maison de la Mer to be a warm, elegant, romantic experience for their guests. They still travel extensively, and appreciate the special meaning of a warm personal welcome when traveling to new places.
Maison de la Mer has been awarded a five star rating by Qualmark, New Zealand in recognition that it is amongst the very best in the country. Maison de la Mer is rated No. 1 on Trip Advisor in Akaroa, and in fact is No. 1 in Canterbury. Let Carol and Bruce welcome you to their home, and pamper you with their own special brand of hospitality. Let the magic of Akaroa touch you at Maison de la Mer.