Question: What’s better than crisp clean white sheets or big fluffy white towels?
Answer: Staring at the stars through the skylight while laying in the big embracing comfortable king size bed of your luxury private hotel apartment.
With a top floor stay, skylights along the length of the ceiling, bathroom, bedroom mezzanine, dining and lounge were just one bonus of my recent sojourn in Queenstown. Louvre doors and a balcony overlooking the park and the lake were another.
Truth be known, when staying in a hotel, I always head straight for the bathroom. Those closest to me know my bath and shower routine, too many a day just for cleanliness; for me the bathroom (not the kitchen) is the hub of the home, or a stay away from home. In hotel accommodation, I’m also into checking out the toiletries as my first stop. Is there a shower cap to protect my blow-dried hair-do? (Here is was a big YES – she writes with a sigh of relief!) Little things perhaps, but not to a traveller. And especially not one who loves her luxury.
But the pièces de résistance of the apartment were the wallowing lounges, a huge hidden flat screen and the enticing fireplace. Well it would have been enticing in winter. I loved my summer stay, but perhaps winter is the time when the apartments, and the hotel itself come into their own. Eichardt’s was, after all, recently awarded the prestigious title of world’s best luxury ski resort hotel at the 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards.
The Eichardt’s apartments are a few doors down the road from the main building of the private hotel. And although a fellow traveller was staying there, I didn’t get to check out much more than the ground floor. All the necessities were there. A warm greeting at check-in. An escort to my apartment with a detailed guided tour. A hand-written card (for all guests) to welcome me.
But most importantly the ground floor of the main building, houses the bar. By night the intimate room mixes up cocktails, and in the morning the room hosts (and yes this is a big call) one of the best hotel breakfast I’ve had. With my fussy food focus, I’d point anyone who loves a good brekky to Eichardt’s for that reason alone. Incredible food that is house-made.
Try the Eggs Benedict: home-made sourdough English muffin, poached free-range eggs, hollandaise and a choice of: (my pick) hot-smoked salmon (which was thick and luscious and moist and incredible), house-cured bacon or wild boar ham.
Or as the area is known for this herb, got the Two-egg omelette of wild thyme mushrooms, goats cheese and local rocquette, buttered wholemeal toast, tomato relish.
Even if (for some unknown reason) you don’t happen to be staying at the hotel(and why are you not?) I’d suggest you wander in at least one morning during your Queenstown visit for the superb Eichardt’s breakfast.
Eichardt’s Private Hotel
2 Marine Parade, Queenstown, New Zealand
+64 3 441 0450
Air New Zealand flies direct year round from Sydney to Queenstown. Visit airnewzealand.com.au for more information.