New Zealand luxury retreats win international accolades
Three NZ luxury retreats have picked up prestigious international tourism awards.
Takaro Lodge was voted New Zealandâ€™s leading spa resort in prestigious 2008 World Travel Awards, judged by travel agents from around the globe, while the award for the countryâ€™s leading luxury lodge was picked up by Lake Okareka Lodge in Rotarua.
The latter pipped luxury hotel retreat, Solitaire Lodge (which last year was voted the best resort in the whole of Australasia) to the finishing post. This year, the romantic Lilianfels hotel, tucked away in Australiaâ€™s Blue Mountains was awarded the ultimate accolade.
Two further New Zealand lodges – Martinborough’s Wharekauhau Country Estate, and Rotorua’s Treetops Lodge and Wilderness Experience â€“ also recently gained.international honours in the CondÃ© Nast (USA) Traveler Readers Choice Awards 2008. Iconic Wharekauhau Country Estate was ranked in the ‘Top 5 Resorts in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific’, while Treetops was listed in the ‘Top 5 Australia and Pacific Hotels’ category.
The awards are based on the results of more than 32,000 questionnaires submitted by readers of CondÃ© Nast Traveler. Results are based on the quality of activities, facilities, food and dining, overall design, rooms and service.
Also known as Takaro Peace Resort, this exclusive luxury spa resort is located near Te Anau, New Zealand, on a 2000 acre private estates, that formed one of the film locations in Lord of the Rings. It is “located in mystical Fiordland, surrounded by evergreen forest, crystal clear water, fresh air and untouched nature, far away from cities and pollution”. Its 10 ‘element’ apartments are decorated according to the five Chinese elements â€“ wood, fire, earth, metal and water â€“ designed to calm guests, improve mood and strengthen energy levels. And the luxury chalets also adhere to the principles of Feng Shui to ensure that â€œguests rest deeply and wake totally rejuvenatedâ€.
Lake Okareka Lodge
Nestled on a secluded peninsula, Lake Okareka Lodge rests in splendid harmony with nature and its stunning surroundings â€“ sheltered in calm waters on private sandy beaches â€“ and every breathtakingly picturesque view is framed in native stone, natural timber and beautifully landscaped flora and fauna.
Wharekauhau Country Estate
Wharekauhau Country Estate is situated on a 5,000 acre working sheep station in the Martinborough wine-growing region of the southern North Island. Set between mountain ranges and the dramatic southern coastline, it is within easy reach of Wellington.
Treetops Lodge, in the thermal region of Rotorua, is an example of environmentally sustainable luxury hospitality in a vast wilderness setting that includes ancient forests, seven streams, four lakes and 70km of trails.