Its difficult to describe what a great experience we had at Mt Rosa. The lodge itself is tucked far away from the city humdrum, and is almost picture-perfect. But beyond the place and arrangements, its the warmth of the hosts - Maureen and Brian - which sets Mt Rosa apart. We almost felt as if we came home to long-lost friends. That!
The drive to the lodge on day 1 can be a tad tricky, as GPS leads you to wilderness nearby, so best to read and understand the directions on website and give them a call when you are in cellular range. But once we got on the right path, the drive was lovely, with rabbits and quails running about the vineyard.
The room beats the best and brightest of 5-star hotel rooms globally. And I do not say this lightly, as I have probably stayed in 50 such hotels in last 8 years across 30 odd countries. We stayed in their best room, called Mt Rosa Suite, and it was splendid. The room looks out to hills and vineyard, with greenery all around and mountains in the distance. Something that holidays should be about!
The hospitality is amazing. Maureen is an excellent chef bar none. And Brian is the most gentleman of hosts, ever ready with an offer of a red or white. I probably gained a few pounds in those three days that we stayed! Coffee lovers - you need to have the classic french press coffee that Maureen brews - perfect blend of aroma, body and acidity.
It was my wife's birthday in the second day of our stay. Maureen had all the right suggestions and recommendations in place, well in advance. She made a perfect picnic basket for us and Brian drove down to the restaurant the day before to ensure that our reservation was in place and menu would be as per our dietary restrictions. Its attention to details like these and just the fact that both of our hosts made efforts to ensure that we have not just good but beyond great stay is what matters. Just splendid!
Probably this is the longest review I have written, but here's one more point I'd definitely like to make. Children! I have two - 4.5 and 1.5 yrs. Both as restless as kids are in that age. And kids do what they do. I remember at least one piece of crockery meeting its fate. Despite all that, the patience and care with which Maureen and Brian engaged both the kids was fascinating. My son (the elder kid) remembers them whenever we talk about NZ trip and says he wants to visit "Aunty Maureen" again!
You get the idea. Stay there. Its awesome. You will not regret. And yes, its worth the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mt Rosa Lodge is set on a private vineyard growing pinot noir grapes on an elevated site. Spectacular views from all suites and surrounding lodge. Suites are luxuriously appointed with every detail to make your stay perfect. WiFi is available in all suites. Queenstown airport is 25 minutes away and the award-winning wineries and restaurants are nearby. This is the perfect romantic accommodation among the vineyards on the outskirts of Queenstown On site are walking trails and bike trails are nearby. Close to four Ski Fields. 5 Golf Courses and the myriad Adventure Tourism Activities. Complimentary Glass of our own Pinot Noir to enjoy with a complimentary Cheeseboard upon arrival. Grapepickers Platter for two available at $75. Close enough to Queenstown in a very private an peaceful panoramic setting. ... more less
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