The beginning of 2015 brings an exciting and refreshing transition for award-winning Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, set on the shores of New Zealand’s spectacular Lake Wanaka. For the upcoming winter season from July, owners Martyn and Louise Myer plan to return the luxury lodge to its original purpose – making it available to groups for exclusive use.
One of the original luxury lodges of New Zealand’s South Island, Whare Kea has been designed as an elegant and spacious family home, evoking a feeling of intimacy and warmth, while also maintaining the respective privacy of those who visit. This is achieved by the lodge’s superbly comfortable open-plan living and dining areas, decorated with a combination of contemporary furniture, antiques and local artwork, in conjunction with two elegant master suites and four inviting deluxe suites.
In July 2015, the property will be transformed into a serviced lodge for exclusive hire to groups – a concept inspired by the luxurious chalets and lodges for hire in the French Alps and villas from Sardinia, Italy, to Palm Beach, Sydney. Included in this is a host on hand to provide housekeeping and daily breakfast, as well as insight into the Wanaka region.
Whare Kea Lodge is especially renowned for its superb cuisine developed by Louise Myer, with leading UK-born chef James Stapley. Stapley – or one of his hand-picked team of chefs – will continue to be on hand to create superb meals for guests on request.
A stay at Whare Kea from July 2015 starts at NZ $10,000 per 5 nights, plus staff and GST.