HOME AND AWAY
THE Spire at Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island is a boutique hotel in the best sense — right in the thick of the action, yet such an oasis you forget about the outside world as soon as you pass through its doors. It is unobtrusively situated down a paved laneway, a stone’s throw from the spectacular Lake Wakatipu. The Spire boasts two guest floors and 10 rooms, making the lift seem unnecessary, and there is nothing boutique about the room size — at 60 sq ma description of generous seems an understatement. The decor is best described as low-key contemporary, with neutral greys and beige and detailing in lustrous red. A stoneclad fireplace dominates one wall and there’s a remote controller so advanced that front-desk assistance may be required; an equally generous-sized ensuite has double vanities and separate shower and bath. Next to the lobby is No 5 Church Lane, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, and the front desk is helmed by a succession of attentive blonde women. Strike up a conversation and you might discover they are the co-owners, sisters Lucy and Amelia Gain. More: thespirehotel.com.