Friday, 30 March 2018

The Rees up the ante when it comes to luxury in New Zealand

This time last week I was relaxing in rare style in a luxury three-bedroom apartment overlooking Lake Wakatipu, admiring the first snow fall of the season on the top of the Remarkables ranges and enjoying a glass of Quartz Reef sparkling. 





I was checking out the recently opened The Rees Lakeside Residences in Queenstown, which when it comes to work has to be one of the easiest assignments I've ever been given. 

The apartments sit underneath The Rees Hotel, a long-time favourite of mine, that take luxury to a new level. 

Just about everything has been thought of from the aromas of a freshly-baked loaf of bread when you arrive to lakefront hot tubs, your own yoga mats, or (much more my style) - a private wine cellar in your apartment. 

The Residence apartments, opened just a couple of months ago, are adjacent to but separate from The Rees Hotel Queenstown’s main building, offering seclusion and privacy with those amazing views.


The three-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, air-conditioned villas all offer lake and mountain views,
and are an ideal setting for families and multi-generational groups looking for private accommodation with space and independence (and somewhere for your bodyguards to sleep).

Unlike any other hotel in New Zealand, The Rees Residences offer the services of your very own luxury travel curator. 

From the moment you check availability to the moment you leave Queenstown, your personal curator (the charming Richard in my case) will be with you every step of the way, to ensure your New Zealand experience is designed specially to suit your needs. 

So if you want to go bungee jumping, to do a helicopter tour of the Central Otago vineyards or just need a restaurant reservation, Richard is your man.  

Back in the apartment you'll find a spacious outdoor terrace adjacent to the living area that's the perfect setting for entertaining your guests - and there's a fully equipped luxury kitchen as well. 

Your curator (a posh name for a butler) will be on hand to provide every luxury including welcome drinks, amenities and linen, fresh fruit, flowers and bottled water, evening turn down service, and daily servicing of your villa.


In-villa dining from the hotel's kitchen team can also be arranged.

The Residences also offer additional services and facilities which include fast, free wifi, in-villa spa treatments, personal shopping and provisioning of your villa, personal trainers, massage therapists and jet boat transfers. 

And just upstairs are all the hotel facilities; True South fine dining restaurant, Bordeau wine lounge and a mini business centre. 

Gourmet breakfast provisions are on offer in your villa with house-made bread and muesli, fresh pastries, local spreads, and artisan meats and cheeses replenished daily.

It's all pretty special, but what really helps to make the experience are the staff - welcoming and totally professional. 

For The Rees Hotel and Apartments bookings and enquiries phone: +64 3 450 1100. www.therees.co.nz

The writer was a guest of The Rees Hotel and Residences

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