Few destinations in the world are able to match the absolute beauty that New Zealand offers travellers who visit her shores. Lesser known is the remarkable collection of stunning luxury lodges and boutique hotels that are located throughout New Zealand.
What makes New Zealand so different? The unique feature of the New Zealand luxury accommodation sector compared to most international destinations is that almost all the guests are on vacation, as opposed to being on business trips. As a consequence, the mood in these establishments is far more relaxed and comfortable than most guest are expecting.
Where many international destinations offer historic hotels or internationally successful luxury hotel brands such as Four Seasons, the success of the New Zealand luxury travel sector has been as much for the scenery and tranquility, as it has been for the unique blend of small independent and extremely well appointed properties that travellers can retire to after a day of exploring. Properties such as the internationally renowned Huka Lodge, which recently celebrated its twenty-fifth year, have been the catalyst and the model that many other successful properties have been based on.
Featuring a very limited number of luxuriously appointed suites, the lodges are each located in stunning environments with spectacular views. Whether it be Kauri Cliffs in semi tropical Northland, with vistas over the Bay of Islands, Wharekauhau Country Estate in the Wairarapa with wonderful coastal and rural outlooks, or the splendid Eichardt’s Private Hotel in Queenstown, centrally located with windows that frame spectacular views across Lake Wakatipu to the alps of this mountainous region.
With small numbers of rooms available, the focus is on outstanding service, extremely comfortable and relaxed decor and on mouth-watering cuisine. No expense has been spared ensuring that the entire properties, including the grounds, are kept in impeccable condition and a warm and welcoming environment for guests to enjoy.
Many luxury New Zealand travel specialists believe that unique level of warm service delivered in a friendly and authentic New Zealand manner, helps to keep guests relaxed and enjoying their vacation. “Clients are used to travelling through North America and Europe and staying at some of the world’s great hotels. In New Zealand they find an extremely welcoming and supremely luxurious collection of boutique properties where the focus is on people and not volume, but never sacrificed is the commitment to travel”.
The other aspect to the success of the New Zealand luxury accommodation category is the quality of cuisine that is presented from their award winning kitchens. Catering to small numbers of guests, the chef is able to demonstrate their utmost skill using the freshest local New Zealand meat, seafood and produce.
One of the key factors to booking a successful New Zealand vacation is using a specialist New Zealand agent. They will make recommendations based on their intimate knowledge of the local market to help you choose the best places for you to stay. For booking luxury New Zealand accommodation, with the differencing expectations and experiences of visitors from around the world, this is highly recommended.