Belle Mer Apartments (meaning ‘Beautiful Sea’ in French) is proudly managed by Mike, Anne and Claire Gulliver. The name is so appropriate as the view over the white sand and blue sea of Main Beach is a beautiful sight. The high-end complex opened for business on 8th June 1999 and has since welcomed guests from all over the world to Mount Maunganui.
The site where Belle Mer Apartments is built was previously occupied by Green Gables Boarding House. Constructed in 1951, this boarding house achieved some notoriety during its time as many a romance blossomed under its roof. A painting of the old boarding house is displayed in the passage way on the first floor of Belle Mer Apartments and prints are hung in most of the apartments.
The boarding house was demolished in late 1998, when construction started for the present building. The native timber, mainly Rimu, was kept for recycling and utilised in the Belle Mer Apartments.
The kitchen flooring and many of the dining tables, TV cabinets, bedside and coffee tables in the apartments are constructed with re-cycled timber from Green Gables. It's the extra little details like these that make our individually designed apartments even more exceptional.
Mike, Anne and Claire look forward to opening their doors to you for your next New Zealand holiday and telling you more about beautiful Mount Maunganui.