Joya is a good place for both the active travellers as well as for those who have been on the road for a long time and want to have some time out. There are plenty of terraces in the gardens to sit and relax. With its bird life, the ponds and the waterfalls, you’d hardly notice that you are only a short walk from the town centre. You are welcome to invite newly made friends for a drink in the gazebo, take a nap in one of the hammocks, or arrange for a pampering foot-bath or massage at one of the health spas dotted around town.
The villa that is now Joya was built in 1908 and has been the home of one of Nelson’s early mayors. With its new owners arriving from Europe in 2000, an extensive refurbisment and redesign of the house and grounds was undertaken, resulting in a building that marries traditional British architecture and modern eco-design. Mandala symbols appeared in the window, organic veges were grown on our terraced ‘patch’ and a solar panel was installed on the slate clad roof. The log home in the garden was given a grass roof. Interiors have been decorated with local and international art, and a stream and three cascading waterfalls connect a small pond next to the Villa Studio to a large one near the Garden Studio, occupied by goldfish.
For those with an appreciation for the regenerating effects of music, ask for a ‘listening session’, our speciality. Joya is the first and still the only NZ residential facility for listening training, a method developed by Alfred Tomatis, a pioneer in psycho-acoustics. Doing some listening may work wonders if you are tired or quickly want to overcome jet lag. We can also provide assistance with travel or bookings for the Abel Tasman or any of the other attractions the region has to offer.