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Joya Garden & Villa Studios

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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
Unique property and ideal for the discerning, eco-minded traveller: Situated in a quiet, upmarket area of central Nelson, Joya comprises a ground floor studio apartment in a three story heritage villa and a log studio - with grass roof - set in gardens with various water features. Both studios are self-contained. An optional organic breakfast can be served in the villa or on its main deck,which has a view of the city. Extensive in-and outdoor living from both studios. All water to the property passes through a filtering system for chlorine free drinking and bathing. For those staying in the villa itself breakfast is included in the rates. The Villa Room - with balcony - as well as the Den - are on the top floor. They are good value for money rooms but do not have an ensuite. Joya has had consistent top ratings for several years. Great hospitality, great location!
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Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Refrigerator in room
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We stayed here on our grand tour of New Zealand and it was Exceptional in every way. The villa feels like you are in your own paradise even though it is in Nelson centre and Paulina’s hosting is second to none. Treat yourself to her breakfast. Will go down as a special part
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Response from Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios
Responded 2 weeks ago
Kia Ora, Really happy with these kind words. Even though I am sure Joya is not for everyone, because we all have different likes and dislikes. However, it certainly is our intention to create a space where guests can feel at ease, have peace and quiet around them, a lot of greenery and have a nutritious breakfast. So, really happy to learn that we hit the mark. Have a safe journey home! Best, Paulina
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Paulina was an excellent host. Very generous & warm. Her Breakfasts are to die for!! The Villa was totally serene and yet very close to town (walkable). We had everything we needed & more. Paulina has a wealth of knowledge about Nelson (and all-sorts of other thing!!) a
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Response from Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios
Responded 10 Jan 2019
Thank you so much, Terry for this wonderful and gracious review. Happy that you and Mona had such a good time here. As these things go, the appreciation regarding our talks is mutual:-) Wishing you all the best, Paulina
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I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Joya, both for Joya itself and for its location in what may well be the loveliest part of Nelson (and very accessible by foot from the center of town). Regarding Joya itself, the tranquil surroundings, the beautiful lily ponds set in a wonderfully
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Response from Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios
Responded 20 Dec 2018
Thanks, Kathleen. I much appreciate your kind words. Joya's location and especially the cottage situated in its lush gardens are quite an unexpected bonus while still being so close to central Nelson. Again, thanks for the recommendation. All the best to you and yours. Paulina
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Our host is very accommodating and went to great lengths to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. The location is within walking distance of the city center so that was a plus. The bed Linen and pillows were better than I've experienced in many high price hotels. The
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Response from Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios
Responded 6 Oct 2018
Kia Ora, Thanks for this most gracious review. I am glad with your detailed comments on what's good and what may need improving. Regarding the twi 'issues' : I have always been a bit reluctant to buy a microwave since Joya is an organic place and from what I've understand, most of my guests prefer an oven. But there are microwave/oven combo's and next time we will replace some of the kitchen gadgets in the villa studio, I will buy one. I intend to replace the television as well. Hope that will do the trick. Thank you for the five stars. I really appreciate the feedback. Hope to meet again, Paulina
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Joya Garden and Villa Studio is a magical place that you will never forget in your life. The customer Paulina has a bright soul that give you an intense positive energy, The room is amazing, it´s looks like a movie set. So cozy, clean, elegant, beautiful. You also have the
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Response from Paulina-Joya, Owner at Joya Garden & Villa Studios
Responded 6 Oct 2018
Thank you Guy for this very special review. Much appreciated. Hope you enjoyed the remainder of the journey. With your scientific background New Zealand will have had a lot more to offer than what meets the eye for most tourists. Wish you and your family a happy life. And who knows, perhaps I have the opportunity to meet your daughter again while she is still here. Best to you all! Paulina
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Dear Wendy, Thank you first of all for your interest in Joya as a nice base for those two months. We only have two studios that would suit but unfortunately those are no longer available for such a stretch of time. That is really a pity since one of the specialities in my other line of work is accelerated language learning - see joyacentre,co.nz. and for those clients I often reduce the rates for accommodation a lot in order to make this method more financially doable Only if you were to wait until next year this would be an option. But with the situation as it is for the next two months this will not be possible. I fear that finding something suitable and not too costly will be difficult unfortunately. Just in case you can postpone we certainly can discuss further. Best regards and good luck, Paulina
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"The Villa we stayed in was beautiful. All the facilities, close to town and very serene."
"Book a room with ensuite it's worth the extra money"
"The room with one couple bed and a single one, with a modern kitchens has a fantastic view to the gardens."
"There is only one studio villa."
"Choose one of the beautiful garden villas which will be quieter than an upstairs room"
US$76 - US$155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionNelson
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