Split Apple Retreat


Lee Nelson, a retired physician whose interest is nutritional and longevity medicine and his wife, Anne Pen Lee, a culinary artist, decided to combine their talents and create the Split Apple Retreat. Opened in December 2009, it combines Zen-like elegance and gardens with the latest in high-tech comfort. It also houses an extensive collection of original Japanese and Southeast Asian art and antiques for the enjoyment of its guests. Built on a cliff that extends to the ocean, the 180-degree views from each room are breathtaking. Split Apple is the ultimate retreat- no noise pollution and on the border of the Abel Tasman National Park, every element was designed for relaxation and rejuvenation in luxury and with exclusivity. Each of Split Apple’s 3 guest suites have 2 private decks with surrounding gardens overlooking the sea. They are large and beautifully appointed either with double sinks and double Rainmaker showers and a huge Japanese-style polished granite tub overlooking the ocean (Fuji and Lotus Suites), or with a colour therapy shower and detached bathtub in a 95 square meter split level suite (Rainbow Suite). Facilities include a salt water infinity swimming pool with views over the Tasman Sea, private paths to 2 beaches, a Japanese spa bath, detoxifying Far-infrared sauna, steam room, gym, massage treatment room, outdoor shower, and an 8-seat theatre. The biggest point of difference between Split Apple and virtually everywhere else is the cuisine. Pen and Lee have been together for over 20 years, and during this time, Pen, a trained chef, has learned to exclusively incorporate healthy ingredients into delectable, mouth-watering recipes which guests literally rave over. It takes the best features of Asian and Mediterranean cuisines and marries them into the most naturally flavourful culinary creations. Pen and Lee have written The Split Apple Thoughtful Food Cookbook, which not only elucidates the science of healthful eating, but provides many gourmet recipes as well. Cooking lessons are available.