You have definitely heard of hiring a photographer to capture special occasions, but have you ever considered commissioning an artist to capture a life event during your holiday? What if you could stay in the artist’s private guest house on the island of Waiheke, New Zealand while they capture your special memory? The concept is so groovy, we could hardly wait to share it with our readers. This experience, created by renowned artist Gabriella Lewenz, is called ArtStay.
We are still wrapping our brains around the fact that you simply pay for your commissioned art. You begin your journey in Auckland and set off to the island of Waiheke, where you arrive at Casale Di Terra. Once you are rested and settled into your beautiful cottage, Gabriella meets with you to discuss your vision for the art piece. Your stay is complimentary and includes fresh tea from the medicinal herb garden onsite. A part of the island experience is showering in pure rainwater during your stay. The grounds also include a writer’s hut for meditation. The peaceful, romantic setting is nestled on a green rolling hill married to the fresh sea breeze.
The island offers a variety of restaurants and coastal hikes. Close proximity to the shoreline makes it very easy to catch the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Reviews from guests insist that this is a healing and restorative place, perfect for a creative holiday.
Owner and world-renowned artist, Gabriella Lewenz, explains the beauty of bringing an old tradition to the modern day traveler, “The old practices of commissioning works of art has been around a very long time. Patrons commissioning artists over the many centuries dates back to tribal times. ArtStay offers a new approach and value beyond their beautiful painting, with an invitation to come as my guest and stay in our private guest house with sea views.”
Commissioned pieces ship six weeks after your stay at no expense to you. For more details on travel guidelines, booking and the beautiful island of Waiheke, start your exploration here.
Written by Joanna Heitz
Photos provided by ArtStay and Sonja Read