Trip Advisor Awards:
2012 - Travelers Choice Award
2011 - Top 10 to die for Inns and B&B's around the world
2011 - Award of Excellence
2008 - Best Hidden Gem in the South Pacific
Maison de la Mer Media Features:
American Express Travel+Leisure "The World's Greatest Hotels, Resorts and Spas 2011"
Maison de la Mer is one of two New Zealand featured properties.
Recent Media Comment on Maison de la Mer's Trip Advisor award as one of the top 10 to die for Inns and B&B's around the world" May 2011
Next Magazine (NZ) January 2011
An article about the 10 best things to do in Akaroa, which featured Maison de la Mer as the place to stay
American Express: Travel & Leisure Magazine 2010
An article on five luxury properties around New Zealand, including Maison de la Mer.
Destination Television programme on Akaroa - 2007
Screened in New Zealand and Australia on TV, and on the Air New Zealand inflight travel information programme. Maison de la Mer is the featured place to stay in Akaroa. A video of this programme can be found on the home page of this website.
New Zealand House & Garden Magazine - 2007
Full 8 page colour spread on the house and rooms
Air New Zealand in flight Magazine - 2007
Feaured twice as the place to stay in Akaroa - first in an article on Akaroa, and second in an article about the best 10 places to stay in New Zealand.
London Sunday Times - 2007
A travel magazine published exclusively on New Zealand, with Maison de la Mer selected as one of the top 8 places to stay.
Frommers Guide to New Zealand 2005 through 2012
Maison de la Mer features as one of Frommers best 7 picks of B&B places to stay in New Zealand.
"If you want to know how a top B&B should be run, visit the experts. Bruce and Carol Hyland have hosted over 14,000 guests during their tenure in the hospitality industry, and their new Akaroa venture is as luscious as their last. You'd be silly to miss it."
Here's What Guests Have to Say........
"Sanctuary... a place to relax and recharge, have your own space, and take your body down a few gears. Just what we needed." Kevin & Melissa, Saudi Arabia
"We have spent the last fortnight traveling around New Zealand, staying in boutique hotels and B&B'S. This is the best! Excellent." Peter & Rachel, UK
"What a beautiful, romantic place you have!! You made us feel so much at home with your warm reception. Thank you for making dinner reservations. Everything was outstanding! You definitely deserve all the accolades that the tour books have given you. Thank you for a glorious stay." Leland & Gherry, USA
"Exquisite hosts, views, ambience, food...and we love HARRY!" Robert & Caroline, Australia
"What a wonderful place. Our friends were right in telling us that was a highlight of their trip. Carol & Bruce - this is your calling!" Dick & Maryann, USA
"Maison de la Mer beautifully nurtures, invites. One stops and rests the soul and the tired body, surrounded by the immense love of Carol & Bruce who share their home with great love, generosity and sophistication." Aline & David, Australia
"Probably the best B&B in the world" Cathy & Jerry, UK
"We cannot begin to tell you how much we have adored staying with you both. Beautiful attention to detail, gorgeous, and a delightful experience for my surprise 50th birthday." Sonia & Rob, New Zealand
"The most beautiful B&B we have ever stayed in - beautifully decorated, with wonderful attention to detail. Wouls love to live here." Libby & Sam, Australia
"Heaven! Thank you for sharing it with us." Edie & John, USA
"You guys are the greatest. Incredible personal style, without a hint of pretention, treat us like family, yet making us feel like royalty...." Happy & Bert, USA
"Rating hotels with stars has ended - not enough stars available! Not even Kiri te Kanawa will reach this level." Dona & Roar, Norway
"We are glad that this was the final stop on our tour of New Zealand - had it been the first, we may have wanted to stay here the whole three weeks! Thanks so much, we feel like we have saved the best to last." Jenn & Matt, Switzerland
"A little bit of Heaven, here on Earth! Sue & Richard, UK