$10,000 a night - the prici­est stay in NZ

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DASHA KU­PRIENKO

The owner of Eichardt’s Pri­vate Ho­tel says his will be the most ex­pen­sive pent­house in New Zealand when it opens in the heart of Queen­stown next month.

The $10,000-a-night pent­house is part of a $6 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of the his­toric ho­tel, which also in­cludes a new 200-seat restau­rant.

The suite comes with in-suite sauna, a 100sq m bal­cony, sweep­ing views of Lake Wakatipu and all-day-long ser­vices of a but­ler, pri­vate chef and a driver.

The Mel­bourne-based owner An­drew Cox said there was a ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est’’ and a num­ber of pre book­ings had been placed, with New Years Eve al­ready booked out.

He said the lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion would suit ul­tra-high net worth guests.

Coz de­clined to give names of fa­mous peo­ple who had stayed at Eichardt’s Pri­vate Ho­tel in the past but said pre­vi­ous guests in­cluded Amer­i­can sport stars and me­dia per­son­al­i­ties, Aus­tralian ac­tors and bil­lion­aires.

‘‘You could go through the Aus­tralian rich list and you can find that a good num­ber have stayed here. Peo­ple who are stay­ing here are look­ing for a very be­spo­ken ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s all about in­di­vid­ual ser­vice,’’ he said.

The new build­ing with the pent­house and the wa­ter­front restau­rant was de­signed by award­win­ning Queen­stown ar­chi­tect Michael Wy­att.

‘‘I didn’t like it at the start when I first saw it. I just thought it was too ex­treme but it’s re­ally grown on me. And now...it will be­come an ex­ten­sion of the icon that Eichardt’s is,’’ Cox said.

While the ex­te­rior was partly the old build­ing and party new, the in­ter­nal de­sign was con­sis­tent, he said.

‘‘In the way we’ve con­nected the two [build­ings] - I think it’s great.’’

The Eichardt’s ex­pan­sion was a dream come true for Cox, who had been plan­ning it for the last seven years.

He was work­ing on a sim­i­lar project at the Auck­land wa­ter­front.

DASHA KU­PRIENKO

Christchurch-born and Mel­bourne-based An­drew Cox is the owner of Eichardt’s Pri­vate Ho­tel and $10,000 per night pent­house on Queen­stown wa­ter­front.

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