Maybe when you’re on vacation, your idea of a hotel splurge is a $300/night boutique suite equipped with a fancy espresso machine. But for some lucky travellers, exploring the world includes spending as much per night as some of us pay for a year of rent.
If New Zealand is on your bucket list, for instance, you might want to start saving your pennies for a night or two at The Penthouse at Eichardt’s. The development, which opens December 15, is a new addition to the already swanky property that was recently named the country’s best luxury suite hotel by the World Luxury Hotel Awards.
Set right in downtown Queenstown on the South Island, the lakeside hotel is super central while being exclusive enough that you won’t be overwhelmed by the crowds. Queenstown itself is known as New Zealand’s adventure capital, so you can chill out, gently explore or take part in adrenaline-boosting activities like bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, river surfing, canyon swinging or jet boat tours. In winter (Canada’s summer), skiing and snowboarding are offered, too.
There’s just one catch: it costs nearly $10,000 CAD a night to stay there.
But with a private elevator, terrace spa, cocktails, toiletries and commercial-grade kitchen available to the guests, we can’t help but wonder what’d it be like to spend a few nights (or years) tucked away in this penthouse.
Eichardt’s is also right on Marine Parade, meaning “street with the best water views” in Kiwi shorthand. And, The Penthouse has the largest private terrace in town, so you can lie in the sun and sip on cocktails while your private chef preps dinner. After your meal, slip into your bathing suit to watch the sun set from your private six-person hot tub.
Of course, $10,000 NZD ($9,698.78 Canadian) doesn’t just get you a great suite and a chef. Other guest perks include 24-hour butler and concierge services, a private driver and Land Rover, an in-suite sauna, a whisky bar and plenty of champagne. The only difficult part of the visit will be deciding whether to go and explore or stay in and get your money’s worth from the room. (That’s $6.94 per minute, if you were wondering.)