My wife and I had planned in advance to reward ourselves with a special place to stay following a two week hiking trip in the South Island. We are not frequent patrons of ultra-luxury Inns, so when we chose Azur, we naturally arrived with extraordinary expectations. Put simply, these expectations were surpassed.
We were met in Queenstown by Tania, who welcomed us into the Azur’s SUV and brought us up the hill to the Lodge. From the moment we entered the lobby and took in the stunning panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu below us, we were captivated. The huge lake shone brightly up at the Azur’s hillside vantage point. Azur may be one of the most beautiful places to stay in the world, and its splendor is accentuated by the welcoming, friendly, and impeccable service by the staff.
The staff will drive you into Queenstown proper whenever you request it. One day we went into town and took a cable car up to a mountain spot high above Queenstown, and watched the Kiwis enjoying their daredevil activities (tandem paragliding, bungy jumping, luge sleds, …). Another day we were dropped off and explored the lovely Queenstown Gardens, and then went on a ramble along the lake to Frankton. Whenever your fun in Queenstown is done, you simply have a local merchant call Azur and request that you be picked up, wherever you are!
The dropoff/pickup system also works for dinner, but my wife and I found a more excellent option. Azur has a collection of menus from local restaurants. You choose the dinner items you’d like, and Azur will prepare your room with a lovely table setting, and retrieve your selected dinner items. You choose the time for delivery! Meantime, you can relax in the lounge with wine and hors d’oeurves. When you are ready to eat, simply return to your room, and enjoy dinner while gazing at your amazing lake views.
Breakfast is equally spectacular. Simply name your favorite items, and they magically appear, freshly made in the kitchen.
I’m running out of words to connote excellence, and haven’t yet talked about the villa rooms. Suffice to say, the villas are designed to make each guest feel absolutely all alone in paradise. The excellent WiFi is complimentary. When ensconced in your villa, there are no sounds or visual reminders that anyone else is also on the property. The views, the patio, the Jacuzzi tub, the privacy, and the quiet serenity added up to the most luxurious experience we’ve ever had!
We’re glad we “went for it”, and definitely plan to return. Highly recommended.
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