A bathroom can be a sanctuary in the home. The place you start and end your days, relaxing in the bath, performing beauty rituals, and winding down. Having a beautiful space makes these moments so much more enjoyable.
Renovating a bathroom is no small task, and a full reno can be expensive and time consuming. A few simple updates to your bathroom can create a beautifully luxurious space, without too much hassle. Consider colour palettes and materials; simple is best and a more minimal approach will give a more expensive feel. Stick to neutrals, with maybe a pop of one or two colours. Opting for materials such as marble and glass will match most colour ways, as well as textures of velvet or linen for added luxury.
Here are a few more tips:
LIGHTING AND MIRRORS
Creating the right lighting can really elevate a space, especially if there is not much natural light in your bathroom. Try adding a beautiful lamp or hanging light. A statement mirror is another way to not only accessorise but create space and bring light to the room.
If space permits, adding a stool or chair can be an elegant addition to the bathroom (throw on a fluffy blanket for extra glam). A side table is another piece that can be functional and artistic, used for displaying florals, art or scented accessories.
Luxurious bathrooms smell divine, so scented candles, oil burners or diffusers are all good additions. Another nice accessory for vanities is a pretty tray to hold jewellery or face products.
Amuri Estate is a special luxury destination where you can relax and unwind or take in some of the excitement of Hanmer Springs Winter Festival this July.
At night be captivated by the moonlight dancing on the snowy mountains, by day stay toasty-warm in the lodge or pop into the nearby Hanmer township.
The lodge is small, giving it a feeling of exclusivity and general manager Vanessa Orr says there are never a lot of people around. All the rooms have king-size beds and the views are spectacular from all of them. And it is adults only. The welcoming atmosphere is highlighted by a beautiful cheese board and bottle of wine waiting for you when you check in.
Vanessa says winter is a particularly magical time at their place. “The sunsets and sunrises are really special this time of year. The light is amazing. You should have seen the super blood moon!” Maybe you will need to book ahead for the next one?
In the meantime, Amuri Estate is hosting the Winter Festival masquerade ball on July 3, so make sure you book your room and get your tickets by calling Vanessa 027 554 4056 or (03) 3155 351, emailing email@example.com or visiting www.amuriestate.co.nz
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
It’s been a well anticipated start to 2021 for residents of Elmswood Retirement Village as the newly refurbished Avon wing reopens and is now ready for occupation. Twelve serviced units have been given a fresh, high-spec makeover.
These spacious units have been designed with luxury living and entertaining in mind. Elegant furnishings blend beautifully with original features to set the tone, giving each room that extra touch of warm, welcoming ambience.
A big bonus in these serviced units is that they’re all built on ground level amongst well-established gardens and mature trees, giving residents that important indoor-outdoor flow between apartment and private patio; something we kiwis take as our fundamental right, irrespective of age!
Another benefit of these serviced units is in the care package, which allows residents freedom from the dreary chores of cooking or cleaning for themselves. Hallelujah!
A cosy social hub has been incorporated into the design of the newly refurbished wing, for residents to meet up with friends or family, relax with a magazine, or just sit and watch the village comings and goings in absolute comfort.
While large retirement villages have much to recommend, there’s a lot to be said for the smaller sized villages, like Elmswood. Smaller villages mean it’s easier to meet people and form friendships. A popular meeting place is the newly established picking garden where you can pick your own flowers.
The beauty of Elmswood Retirement Village is that it feels like a community. Just to give and receive a smile from a familiar face in passing, makes life wonderful; that’s the true community spirit.
To find out more about independent living, the Avon wing serviced units and continuum of care, phone Donna Monk on (03) 351 0974 or 021 241 9979.
If the regional rebuild has demonstrated anything, it’s the innovation and determination of its habitants, as out of the box concepts, creations and contraptions come to life.
It’s certainly evident in the range of unique accommodations in greater Canterbury. From luxury tree houses to glass pods and grain silos, this is what sweet dreams are truly made of.
Luxury treehouses: Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is a contemporary country hotel located on a deer breeding farm, 12 kilometres north of Kaikoura. Where else could you stay in a luxury tree hut 30-feet above the ground in the canopy of a native manuka grove?
Jail bird: Go to jail and do not pass go, just for the night with The Jailhouse. The award-winning Addington accommodation once served as an actual prison, before being refurbished and opened as accommodation more than a decade ago.
Stay in silo style: It may have once been just a humble grain silo, but some clever creators have converted this Little River marvel into innovative and stylish serviced apartments known as SiloStay.
Pod perfection: Sleep in a glass pod surrounded by nature in Kaikoura, Banks Peninsula or Waipara with PurePods. These glass eco-cabins are located in the midst of the stunning New Zealand landscape.
Timber tents: Spend the evening staring at the stars from a ‘wooden tent’ with see-through roofing at Onuku Farm Hostel that is located in a tranquil clearing amidst Kanuka trees in Banks Peninsula.
Glorious glamping: Try your hand at glamping – that’s glamourous camping – with Canopy Camping Escapes at Lavericks Bay in Banks Peninsula. Rich in history, the scenic bay is set on a 1000-hectare sheep and beef farm and its luxury tents feature woodburners, a camp kitchen and even a bathroom
Harmonious huts: Stay in a snug little dome-shaped pod in Mt Lyford with Harakeke Huts. The five-hectare private property is set at the bottom end of Mt Lyford village. You have the comfort of proper lighting and heating and each hut has its own private deck and deck chairs.
Star light, star bright: Stare at the amazing Mackenzie skies from SkyScape’s building made almost entirely of glass. This distinctive accommodation is designed to maximise the extraordinary views of the Mackenzie Country both day and night.
Downton dalliance: Why not head back in time to Downton Abbey. Otahuna Lodge is a beguiling Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery. New Zealand’s largest private historic residence has been revitalised with luxury accommodation.
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us,” Churchill once said, and Canterbury’s pioneering company, PurePods, is leading from the front to ensure we are in the best possible shape.
Humans’ stress response reduces just moments after entering a green space, and the term ‘biophilia’ is defined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature. Glass eco-cabins PurePods are the essence of biophilic design, incorporating natural materials, natural light, vegetation, nature and views and other experiences of the natural world into a minimalist luxury cabin.
A sojourn in a PurePod is a unique, lifestyle experience. Stephanie Hassall, CEO of PurePods says the twin goals of the company are to have the smallest ecological footprint possible, while providing luxury and 360-degree views.
Privacy is key: each PurePod is located on private land, with fabulous views well away from all human activities. The experience starts as soon as you pull off the main road and leave the world behind. From your carpark, it is a 10 to 30-minute walk (depending on which PurePod you have chosen) with your overnight bag, through an indigenous nature trail. Once there, native planting is visible under you, the sky above you and the views through three walls.
There are five individual PurePods located in secluded and beautiful parts of Canterbury, and they are looking for new locations. Stephanie says the first PurePod was built on site with most materials carried in on foot. Over the last 18 months they have developed a more prefabricated system. “It’s like a giant Meccano set, with as small an environmental footprint as possible.”
The buildings are PurePods’ trademarked and patented design, including the in-floor heating system set into the all-glass floor. Of course, PurePods use the expertise of local craftsmen, and from the beginning Coombes Sheet Metal and Fabrication has supported Purepods’ innovative designs by constructing components for the water and heating systems, and weather-proofing panelling, enabling it to perform in an exposed and remote natural environment.
The newest PurePod is at Pōhue, located high above Port Levy, where the view is rolling tussocks, down to the bay and out to the Pacific Ocean. Rock Formations (named by the original WWII Veteran owner’s Greek bride), known to climbers as The Acropolis and The Monument, are in front of and behind you.
Choosing which PurePod to book online is the most taxing part of the experience. The PurePods are identical, but each setting is unique: mountain, sea, bush, winery, and the seasons bring further variation: snow views, or golden grasses? You can book the next available PurePod, or a specific one, or why not PurePod-hop and try them all!