Back to nature: QT Queenstown opens its doors

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With unrivalled views over the crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu and peaks of the New Zealand Southern Alps, the highly anticipated QT Queenstown has opened its doors in New Zealand’s nature playground.

At QT Queenstown nature meets modern design, and all creature comforts have been considered to emulate a luxurious nostalgic alpine and après-ski ambience.

QT Hotels & Resorts has bought a chic new designer landmark to Queenstown’s burgeoning tourism landscape with a creative edge and curated experiences through its public spaces, guest rooms and high-end restaurant and bar offerings.

The design philosophy is inspired by the nature and grandeur of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. Mother Nature is complemented by the bold accents seen in the herringbone patterns and leather and brass details, which channel vintage outdoor sports gear. Exposed surfaces and a disruptive bold graphic approach runs throughout, featuring carefully curated art displays and bespoke furnishings.

Luxury design meets contemporary decor across QT Queenstown’s 69 guest rooms and suites, the work of interior designer Nic Graham, with signature QT Gel Beds, floor-to-ceiling windows and a mini-bar.

The ultimate creature comforts have been acknowledged for guests of the Remarkable King suite. Poised on the top floor, flaunting views across the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu, this lavish room is fit for royalty. This premium experience is complete with personalised bellhop benefits, a welcome G&T waiting on arrival, a lavishly late check-out and a host of plush perks.

The in-room elements is where the attention to detail and framework of a designer hotel comes through – in the knick-knacks, wall graphics, cushions and artwork. QT Queenstown’s guest rooms and suites are home to countless local treasures sourced by stylist Anna Robers such as sweets poured 200 metres down the road by the Remarkables Sweet Shop to New Zealand’s native Tui bird in the form of a ceramic sculpture.

The designer bathrooms feature white marble double vanities paired with copper furnishings, a QT first. Copper as a highlight metal is balanced with the softest tones and bursts of colour. Nic’s first experience of Queenstown is integral in the development of the colour palette, as he arrived to white-packed mountains and a clear blue lake. The tonal cues are reflective in the lavender, soft blues and charcoal grey to balance the furnishings and pops of yellow.

QT Queenstown will up the ante balancing small boutique-feel, classic QT elements and a sense of, “this is home, but a home many of us don’t experience” with all of the tongue-in-cheek quirk guests have come to expect when immersing themselves in the QT life.

With eclectic and eccentric dining and drinking experiences, QT Queenstown’s Bazaar Interactive Marketplace and Reds Bar, have already established the property to be a destination for locals and tourists alike. From early 2017 diners journeyed to Level 6 to find Reds Bar and uninterrupted views. Reds is the ultimate place to soak in the picturesque sunset with cocktail in hand. QT Queenstown’s signature dining offering, Bazaar Interactive Marketplace, awaits post-cocktail.

Bazaar Interactive Marketplace boasts lush views as a backdrop while guests become immersed in the hustle and bustle of the marketplace. Bazaar continues the aesthetic direction of the hotel with exposed surfaces; the herringbone pattern on the floor and leather straps came from the original design narrative channeling outdoor sports equipment.

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