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Living the luxe life


If you’re looking for a sign to treat yourself to a luxurious weekend or holiday, consider it this. While the world may not currently be your oyster, there are a plethora of enticing escapes throughout the South Island just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

 

SEASCAPE/ANNANDALE – PIGEON BAY

 

From Nelson to Bluff, every season brings with it a different showcase from each region. Currently, it is Jack Frost’s time to shine and for many eager travellers the likes of hot pools, saunas and nights by a flickering fire jump to the top of desirable things to do.

But just because beyond trans-Tasman travel is still grounded, that does not mean that you cannot dream of life abroad. We are already halfway through 2021, meaning that 2022 will be on your doorstep before you know it.

So, if you are starting to see symptoms of a travel bug… check in with your local travel agent.

Metropol has the some of the latest in all things luxury below.

Near and far, from travelling to your destination in style to indulging in some extravagant amenities, you are not going to want to flick past this feature.

You might even spot a getaway treat especially for our readers.

 

Call of the wild

The opening of the trans-Tasman bubble has given optimistic Kiwis a case of the travel bug.

And all good travel planning must start somewhere; enter Neville Jones of Experiential Travel.

“We curate amazing travel experiences in some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the world,” he says.

Experience the stunning landscapes of Africa through safaris, anthropology tours, gorilla trekking, diving, hiking and mountain climbing.

And reside in unique luxury accommodation with front row seats to the everchanging colours and wildlife of the plains.

It is never too early to plan an intrepid escape to this continent. Visit the website to find a catalogue of planned itineraries with something for everybody. Go on… answer the call!

www.experiential.travel
+61 418 325 812
neville@experiential.travel

 

Chauffeuring done differently

 

Taking the worry out of driving is a real luxury, and that’s where Prime Travel and its offshoot Prime Chauffeurs take prime position.

This Ōtautahi-based company is known as one of the finest chauffeur companies in Australasia.

It started in 2018 with just a few clients, three luxury vehicles and the determination to provide the finest premium ground transport solution for private and corporate clients in Canterbury.

Now it is the preferred premium transport provider for numerous national and international personal and corporate clients, embassies, airlines, hotels and tour operators.

You can sit back and relax in comfort and style, safe in the hands of professional, handpicked drivers at the wheels of premium vehicles.

www.primetravel.co.nz
(03) 925 9219


A winter wonderland

Welcome to winter in the alps at the Hermitage. The adventures that Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park offer are truly spectacular in the winter months, with snow-capped mountains and star-filled skies.

For those wanting something more relaxing, the lower temperatures are a perfect excuse to rug up and keep warm next to the fire with a hot drink or glass of wine.

Enjoy delicious cuisine and extensive wine lists while surrounded by New Zealand’s highest peaks. There’s no other view quite
like it.

Discover Hermitage Aoraki/Mount Cook this winter. Dinner, Bed and Breakfast packages now available.

www.hermitage.co.nz
0800 68 68 00

 

Luxury on high

 

Nothing says luxury better than Falcon Brae Villa, perched high above Tasman’s Motueka River.

The exclusive-use villa caters for up to 10 guests, with three individual suites and a bunk bedroom.

With spectacular 360-degree views, the villa is set in 14 hectares of private forest and spectacular native bush walks.

The architectural residence features a private chef, a helipad, large central lounge area, sunken bar, grand piano, media theatre, commercial kitchen, three dining areas and a stunning collection of art. Guests can relax in the “Games Den” or soak in the outdoor heated spa.

Special domestic prices are available, so book the chopper!

www.falconbraevilla.co.nz
info@falconbraevilla.co.nz
(03) 522 4479

 

Enjoy a yoga luxe retreat

 

Relaxed luxury accommodation just three hours from Christchurch, the Maruia River Retreat is set in a 200-hectare nature estate.

Home to seven beautifully appointed private villas, a main lodge with restaurant, and a spa, it also has its own yoga Shala, running group and individual sessions.

Special sessions coming up are a transformative writing and yoga retreat from July 2 to 5 with Australian writer Kerry Sunderland, and its popular Eat. Yoga. Love. from July 29 to August 1.

Join the daily group or private yoga classes, then unwind further with a soak in the stoked hot tub, a massage or bespoke facial, before dining on some of the private chef’s showcase creations. Nurture your body, mind and soul. Relax and recharge!

 

www.maruia.co.nz
027 563 3143
contact@maruia.co.nz

 

Fiordland fantasy

Hot tubs, saunas, and a botanical wonderland; what more could you ask for in a Te Anau getaway? Why not let previous guests tell you?

“I look for three essentials: an outdoor bath, an unbeatable view, and a location suited for adventure. The aptly named Getaway Te Anau checked all three boxes, and more.

“… an outdoor tub is the pinnacle of the getaway experience. There’s nothing quite like soaking under the stars, surrounded by nature. The fresh-water hot tubs at Getaway Te Anau were the answer to my glamping prayers,” says Hannah McKennett (Digital Nomad Diaries).

• Book before November 1, 2021, mention Metropol Magazine and receive a free hot tub and sauna session for up to four people.

www.getawayteanau.co.nz
0800 249 746
stay@getawayteanau.co.nz

 

Ambience in Queenstown

 

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, just 200 metres from the town centre, is the stylish Queenstown House and its newly renovated, self-contained luxury apartments.

A haven with an absolute lake-front setting, it offers five fully serviced apartments, with remote check-in plus a 24/7 virtual concierge.

These beautifully appointed apartments come with guest parking and modern furnishings and appliances; everything you need for a relaxing getaway.

Early check-ins and also late check-outs are available, as are some great accommodation packages.

The water views are incredible and the best place to enjoy them from is your own sumptuous apartment, so check them out and book today!

 

lakeside@queenstownhouse.co.nz
(03) 442 9043
stay@queenstownhouse.co.nz

 

A tranquil eco resort

 

Kimi Ora Eco Resort offers cosy accommodation, day spa, on site vegetarian restaurant, and pool and spa facilities all set among native bush with views to the beautiful Kaiteriteri beach and estuary.

The famous Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike park starts at the back of the property and there are endless adventures to be had in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.

Spend your days kayaking, walking, taking a waka tour, or simply relaxing by the pools, soaking in the hot spa or being pampered with one of our many spa treatments.

With so many activities on offer, on site and in the surrounding area there is something for everyone.

www.kimiora.com
(03) 527 8027
info@kimiora.com


 

Alarmingly cool coastal spot: Hokitika Fire Station Boutique Accommodation


A fire station is not the first place one would think to stay while on holiday. However, with the Hokitika Fire Station Boutique Accommodation, Hokitika heritage is combined with a distinctly modern flair.

 

 

Originally built in 1866, the Hokitika Fire Station has stood the test of time, even being burned down and rebuilt four times.

Today, it has been lovingly restored as accommodation.

The history of Hokitika’s fire services remain ever present within the iconic brick building, with oodles of firefighting memorabilia and nick-nacks lining the walls and the public areas of the Qualmark five-star deluxe apartments.

With three luxury studios upstairs and a three-bedroom family unit with added kitchen, and accessible apartment downstairs – each of the five apartments have been named after a fire chief who once led the Hokitika Fire Brigade.

Each apartment combines space, a modern en-suite bathroom and either a kitchenette or full kitchen.

The larger Chief Henshaw room has three beautifully kept bedrooms, dining area, full kitchen and living area. The ground floor Chief Millard apartment has full disabled access, a king-sized bed with additional queen size sofa bed with space for up to four guests.

History, beautifully kept apartments, décor, and five stars. What more could you possibly want from your stay in Hokitika?

“Hokitika Fire Station Apartments is also the only accommodation located in the Hokitika CBD to be given a Qualmark five-star rating,” says owner Kerry Jeffs.


 

Luxury Location: Clear Ridge Apartments


Daydreaming of the perfect getaway, or a special event in a stunning setting?

The Clear Ridge Apartments five-star accommodation in Hanmer Springs makes those images in your head a wonderful reality.

The luxury accommodation as well as function facilities are perfect for pre-and post-wedding get togethers, as well as the wedding itself.

Or, it can be for families, business travellers, weekenders, boys’ and girls’ trips, and romantic breaks for couples.

The amenities and experiences of Hanmer are on your doorstep, but with the beautiful mountain view setting you never need to leave the complex.

Enjoy the pool, spa and barbeque area, plus most apartments contain a kitchen, laundry, study, and spa bath.

Knowledgeable and friendly staff can assist you with your function requirements; from seated dining to cocktails and canapes, or corporate events.

“We take great pride in our beautiful backdrop and we love to assist people with any occasion they are planning,” says ClearRidge Managers Rosie and Steve McFarlane.

www.clearridge.co.nz | Ph. 0800 555 596 | info@clearridge.co.nz


 

Luxury in Hanmer: Village Lake Apartments


For the ultimate luxurious getaway, set in the heart of beautiful Hanmer Springs, one simply cannot overlook Village Lake Apartments, where exceptional hospitality awaits.

 

The modern spacious apartments are the perfect place for any occasion, whether a romantic getaway, family escape or even a corporate meeting.

 

Village Lake Apartments provides you with luxury and refinement which is second to none.

All apartments feature a fully self-contained kitchen, full laundry facilities, spa bath (the accessible apartment has a tiled walk in shower), under floor heating and gas fire.

Comfort is prominent, with luxurious beds in all the apartments ensuring the best night’s sleep and stylish décor to match, Village Lake Apartments truly has a ‘home away from home’ vibe.

Within a few minutes’ walk of the Hanmer Hot Pools and other local amenities, Village Lake Apartments should be the only choice for those wanting the best.

Check online for their amazing mid-week deals or treat yourself to that special weekend away.

 


 

 

Celebrating in style: The George


When it come to quality hotels in the Garden City, it’s not hard to see why The George is at the top of the list.

 

 

Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to consider the plethora of activities available at this time of year. What better place to book your Christmas function when so much thought goes into their functions and events?

Every aspect of The George is quality. Take for instance their high teas, which are popular for family and friend gatherings. Cup and Show Week wouldn’t be the same without a flute of Nautilus bubbles in hand or perhaps a sumptuous breakfast to start the day at 50 Bistro. Then we come, of course, to the accommodation, where all one’s needs are met when a romantic night away or needing to stay in the inner city is on the cards.

 

 

The George is well known for its service and quality on all levels but nothing is more relevant than the standards at Christchurch’s number one fine dining experience, Pescatore. This Christmas, Pescatore is offering a five-course degustation menu for group dining up to 40 guests for the perfect pre-Christmas celebration. If it’s a larger corporate Christmas occasion you are after, there’s a range of recently refreshed event spaces and specially crafted pre-Christmas menus in either buffet or set menu style.

With a range of special functions occurring there is always a reason to savour the pleasure of fine dining whether it’s that important business meeting, a discreet dinner with a client or a romantic couple’s night out.

Located at 50 Park Terrace opposite the beautiful North Hagley Park, The George embodies everything you can dream of in a luxury hotel.