Check out the hot gossip, folks! The Airbnb Host Awards of 2023 have crowned some spectacular winners. Let’s dive right in and meet these outstanding folks who know how to make guests feel right at home.
HOST OF THE YEAR: If you’re looking for a cozy retreat, David and Christina Chemis at ‘The Cabin’ in Rotorua are your dream hosts. They don’t just provide a place to crash; they offer an experience that’s pure magic. With personalized touches and delightful surprises waiting for their guests, they turn your stay into a luxurious dream. David and Christina are all about ‘Manaakitanga,’ that warm Maori hospitality, and they’ve got it down to an art. Over 280 guests have left them shining 5-star reviews, and it’s easy to see why. These two are truly unforgettable hosts.
BEST NEW HOST: The award goes to Viv Madsen-Ries of ‘Modern private guest suite’ in Arrowtown. She’s the queen of creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that makes you feel like you belong anywhere in the world. Viv’s secret sauce? Homemade cupcakes! She considers herself lucky to share her slice of paradise with her guests. She loves to surprise them with thoughtful goodies like welcome cards, local fruits, and celebratory cupcakes for special occasions. It’s all about creating those unforgettable moments.
BEST DESIGN STAY: If you’re a fan of style and breathtaking views, you’ll adore the ‘Luxury Glamping Tent with Hot Tub’ in Waitomo. Host Emily Scott has turned this tent into a dreamy escape that blends tradition with luxury. The layout is carefully crafted to bring people together, whether it’s huddling around the campfire, sharing stories in the hot tub, or whipping up delicious pizzas in the outdoor oven. This place is all about making memories that’ll last a lifetime.
MOST UNIQUE STAY: For something truly one-of-a-kind, look no further than the ‘Raglan LoveBus’ in Raglan. Tara and Guillaume Wrigley Gignoux have created an off-the-grid, romantic house bus on 35 acres of pure magic. From outdoor baths on the deck to marshmallow toasting by the firepit, this place is an adventure like no other. It’s all about getting back to nature and creating unforgettable moments.
BEST NATURE STAY: The ‘Kawakawa Hut’ in Taupo is your go-to for an authentic country experience. Host Chanel Griffiths has built a little slice of heaven among the rolling hills. It’s a low-impact, off-the-grid getaway where everything, from the repurposed materials to the veggie garden, is designed with nature in mind. This place is a soul-soothing escape.
BEST ROOM HOST: Joanna Bell’s ‘Lovely Villa in Freemans Bay, Auckland’ is the ultimate city haven. Joanna’s all about creating that home-away-from home feeling. Guests wake up to homemade muesli, bread, and preserves—it’s like being part of the family. She even gets to travel during the winter and catch up with her folks in the UK. Two summers? Who can complain about that?
So there you have it, the Airbnb Host Awards 2023 winners. These hosts don’t just provide a place to stay; they create experiences you’ll cherish forever. If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand, you know where to find your home away from home!