New Zealand might seem like one of those quaint, quiet countries with green moors and hobbit homes — which, sure, some locations are exactly like that — but it definitely has a luxury side, too. Before your big trip abroad, check out this lineup of new, high-end stays throughout New Zealand with a fun variety of themes and amenities.
Located on the South Island in Dunedin, the Wains Hotel offers a Victorian look, matching the town’s eclectic heritage. The city is known for its Maori and Scottish roots, which the Wains Hotel did well to keep in mind. Stay in a comfortable and spacious suite in the heart of town with easy access to local city attractions as well as hiking trails, biking routes and the incredibly scenic Otago Harbour, including sightings of sea lions and native penguins.
The Park Hyatt Auckland
For a rare opportunity to stay in the country’s first 6-star hotel, The Park Hyatt Auckland is opening this year. Think high luxury on Wynyard Quarter in Auckland. The immense project will include 195 guestrooms, more than 300,000 square feet and set to open in the summer. Guests can enjoy the city, waterfront attractions and Park Hyatt brand amenities — the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Heritage Collection Waitakere Estate
Also in Auckland, the Heritage Collection Waitakere Estate opened in the fall of last year and offers a secluded-rainforest vibe, with added luxuries and incredible services. Stay in any of the eight premium suites with unbeatable views overlooking the wilderness, or get something spacious and impeccably designed on the lavish poolside of the resort. Enjoy all the remote peacefulness of the wild landscape with walks and dinner-side views, but with the added attention of fine dining, amenities and easy access to the rest of the city.
Eichardt’s Private Hotel
Over in Queenstown, Eichardt’s Private Hotel acquired a luxury yacht, opened in the fall with a truly unique getaway for families and couples. Eichardt’s, now operating the Pacific Jemm luxury cruiser, is a private charter cruise accommodation, boasting three apartments called Elms on Lake Hayes villas. Guests can stay on the water and enjoy high-end digs, with views from starboard to portside.
Situated in one of the more scenic and completely magical regions of the country, Cabot Lodge is located on the border of Fiordland National Park. A true getaway from reality and the hustle and bustle of the city, Fiordland vistas offer unending beauty for families looking to sit back and relax. Guests enjoy a full farm-style lodge with elevated cuisine, impeccable service and breathtaking views. Sip fine local wines and the well-known restaurant culture the area offers, or get active with local boating, fishing, kayaking, hiking opportunities and helicopter tours. Thrill-seekers welcome.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.