(qthotelsandresorts.com; doubles from NZ$319), which boasts unmatched in-room views of The Remarkables in a prime location.
QT’s quirky, playful ethos fits the area’s energetic vibe like a comfy ski glove and is perfect for the adventurer who likes a bit of luxury at the end of their zip line. Matched with high-end buffet dining experience Bazaar, mealtimes stimulate all the senses as the international mosaic of flavors combines with the visual pleasure of changing light on the mountains and lake.
A retro ski theme prevails throughout,
QT’s creative music director Andrew Lewis has crafted a suitably upbeat soundtrack and I highly recommend calling for ice to mix the Karven dry gin-based cocktail that begs to be enjoyed on your balcony upon arrival.
Fresh from my own balcony beverage, I float down the hill to a see a Brazilian band at new café/bar from NZ$22), and discover a culinary scene also infused with innovation. As the SouthAmerican chefs lead the samba, head bartender Phil Cooke talks me through his summer selections featuring homemade citrus gels and locally foraged bark, elderflower and chocolate mint.