QT Queenstown, a luxe boutique hotel with incomparable views over crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu.
The trendy lakeside resort indulges you with views of the water and The Remarkables so genuinely stunning that you feel like you’re in a postcard.
The hotel is the Australian company’s second New Zealand property, following the recently opened QT Museum Wellington. It boasts ‘‘a luxurious nostalgic alpine and apresski ambience’’, and it delivers.
On arrival, the hotel reception area is a visual feast, featuring floor-toceiling graphic art inspired by Queenstown’s winter sports, candycoloured furniture, lush fur throws and a floating fireplace.
On entering your room, you’ll most likely feel an overwhelming sense of self-loathing, because no matter how much money you ever make, your own home will never look this chic. But in this apartment, you are the metropolitan, James Bond-version of yourself that you were always destined to be, if only for a night.
The room is dripping in rich textiles, trendy furniture, and brass and leather detailing. Enjoy happy hour for one with your own cocktail kit in front of the perfect Instagrammable backdrop, or wander down to Reds Bar for a few gins at sunset. Here, resident mixologist Gethin Curtis even offers a hands-on masterclass in making your favourite tipple. Perfect for hens’ parties, or just a casual Thursday.
At the in-house Bazaar Interactive Marketplace chefs provide a theatrical, interactive dining experience using Central Otago’s fresh produce.
For the ultimate romantic experience, head to the Onsen Hot Pools to soak in the views while you soak away your stresses. Obviously less romantic if travelling alone like I was, but a bucket-list must nonetheless.
If you manage to drag yourself out of the spa and away from your new pretend apartment, you really should see the sights. Book an Art & Wine tour with Alpine Adventures, whose representative will collect you from the hotel and show you the best places in Queenstown and Arrowtown. If art isn’t your thing, tell them what you’re into (like eating cheese) and they’ll design a bespoke tour.
If you fancy a night out, it has to be Amisfield. It’s uber luxe, but worth it, I promise.
At the QT Queenstown you live like a celebrity, if only for a weekend. My heart broke when my visit came to an end, I wanted to stay forever.
Rooms from $250 in the low season.
Dinner at Bazaar, the great staff, and that view. And the softest dressing gown that was in my room.
The hotel reception area is a visual feast.
A room with a once-in-a-lifetime kind of view.