Friday, April 25, 2008

White Winter

By way of complete contrast (to the Australian Outback) let’s visit New Zealand’s snow-capped mountains. This is another sublime experience of course and if you’re looking for a secretive retreat in total seclusion, you can go no higher than Whare Kea Lodge’s mountain top Chalet, which is perched high in the Buchanan mountain range beside the Mt Aspiring National Park, near Wanaka in the South Island. You’ll get stunning views of just about everything but in particular, of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mt Aspiring - all this in the stylish luxury that characterises Relais & Chateaux properties worldwide. That includes amazing cuisine, two gorgeous guest bedrooms and a personal host and mountain guide. And let’s not forget that the Chalet’s sustainable design excellence was recognised when Whare Kea received the Relais & Chateaux Environmental Award in 2004.

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