Privacy, seclusion, stunning views, private chefs & butlers – there is no need to leave your luxurious bed linen unless it is for a private picnic on a pink sand beach or a hidden high country estate.
Here are New Zealand’s most romantic luxury suites – caution this may read as a recipe for a proposal!
The Tui Suite at Mahu Whenua. One would expect this one-of-a-kind custom copper bathtub to be the star of the show but it has competition with the big sky and mountain views from the picture window. As a Mahu Whenua guest, you will enjoy total privacy, unforgettable experiences and exquisite food and wine in a setting that spans over 55,000 hectares (550sq km or 200sq miles) of majestic beauty – towering mountains, lush green valleys, native bush, forests, and meandering rivers. The perfect accompaniment for a stay in the Tui Suite is their private ridgeline champagne heli flight a must splurge taking you up and over one of New Zealand’s largest private protected high country estates.
Insider tip: Totally eliminate any driving stress from your romantic escape by taking the heli from Queenstown Airport and stopping for champagne on a mountain top gazing down on Mahu Whenua.
Waking up to birdsong before taking breakfast on the verandahs fringed by the heritage gardens at The Marlborough Lodge would have to be the epitome of romance. The spacious and elegant Premium Suites located on the first and ground floors of this beautifully restored convent are enhanced by an art collection that even extends into the contemporary en suites. The lodge oozes luxury in every detail with magical locations where equally magical staff appear with aperitifs and exquisite cuisine. A favourite is nestling into the repurposed ‘cellar door’ in the grounds enjoying a tasting of the regions renown vintages.
At the opposite end of the country one of the most romantic places to stay in New Zealand and has to be a Deluxe Suite at the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs. These beautifully-designed, open plan 750 sq ft (!) suites are the ultimate comfort and relaxation. Elevated for magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, luxuriate beside an open fireplace or put some sounds on and toast your loved one on the large private balcony overlooking the golf course and offshore Cavalli Islands. If golf, tennis or swimming isn’t your thing a romantic date with a picnic on the pink sand beach is pretty unbeatable… anywhere in the world. Really.
Another road trip away from Auckland is Solitaire Lodge in the central North Island, offering the privacy of only 9 secluded suites directly overlooking the mystical deep waters of Lake Tarawera. The most difficult decision you will have to make is choosing between the Tarawera or Solitaire Suite. Each with picture windows featuring uninterrupted views from the tranquil bay up to the majestic summit of Mount Tarawera and the magnificent volcano. Freestanding baths allow views over the lake while soaking and a complimentary mini-bar keeps on giving!
Insiders Tip: It is well worth an early start taking the private launch to the natural hot springs on Lake Tarawera. Best accessed prior to breakfast, enjoy a romantic soak in the thermal waters rising gently through the lake bed as the morning sun filters through native bush.
A stay at luxurious Solitaire Lodge also includes exquisite cuisine in their stunning dining room also with ceiling to floor windows and made extra special with attentive service and taking a break from the champagne; an outstanding wine list presented by their very knowledgeable sommelier.
For an exclusive luxury retreat entirely for yourselves, Eagle Nest’s First Light Temple Growing out of the hillside overlooking the magnificent land and seascapes is the ultimate honeymoon suite or love nest, an idyllic retreat for two.
Absolutely stunning and romantic, your every whim is catered for. You will never want to leave First Light Temple, with the latest simplicity and elegance of international high fashion. The mezzanine bedroom enjoys spectacular views and has a floor-to-ceiling glass shower in the ensuite and skylight over the bed. The main floor has indoor and outdoor fireplaces and walls of glass bifold doors that open onto a stunning balcony on three sides. It has a fabulous gourmet kitchen, another full bathroom and an outdoor shower. A complimentary bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne awaits guests on arrival and gourmet breakfast provisions are included. Insiders tip: indulge in their private chef and the ultimate romance of private dining.
To reserve a romantic stay in any of these luxurious suites please contact the friendly MajorDomo Reservations Team: firstname.lastname@example.org