The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - STEPHEN BROOK

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.

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