Kāmana Lakehouse unveiled in Queenstown

What was the site of the Aspen Hotel makes way for new boutique property

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Queenstown’s newest boutique accommodation, Kāmana Lakehouse, has opened this month following a multi-million-dollar brand development by owners Coherent Hotel Ltd.

Kāmana Lakehouse is set to be the flagship for future new Kāmana properties, that will each reflect the distinct environment of their New Zealand locations. The brand is positioned as an independent boutique hotel designed to create customer-centric experiences in a luxury decor. The setting could not be more ideal for the new brand, as it sits on former Aspen Hotel’s site, a privileged location in Fernhill at the heart of Aspen Grove area.

The interiors of the 73 ensuite rooms, located high above Wakatipu Lake, have been developed with the ultimate guest comfort in mind, featuring contemporary design, highest quality beds, plush furnishings and luxury amenities.

The living space at the centre of the property received great attention, being transformed into an intimate social space featuring lounge areas with uniquely designed fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a wrap-around deck and the lake and mountains beyond.

At the heart of this space sits Nest Kitchen and Bar, featuring a circular Art Deco-style bar clad in brass, accentuated by marble finishes and metal accents. Seductive lighting, highly tactile furnishings, a customised spiral staircase and real trees are all great design elements coming together to bridge the European mountain-lodge look with contemporary, Kiwi-inspired natural decor.

The interior design, brand positioning and restaurant are all inspired by the Kāmana bird and its natural habitat. The Australasian Crested Grebe or Kāmana (in its Maori name) is a diving bird native to New Zealand’s southern lakes region including Queenstown. A rare and elegant presence on the Otago lakes, it is regarded as a treasure by locals.

GM Richard Crouch, who was previously Aspen Hotel’s GM, says the location has finally reached its potential.

“The location here with panoramic views across Lake Wakatipu is spectacular, and our product is allowing guests to engage with that in a real way.”

Richard says that as well as the lake views, Kāmana Lakehouse reflects Queenstown’s spirit of adventure, at the same time offering the perfect comfortable retreat in an elegant setting.

“The room decor is modern with a high level of attention to detail including modern connectivity, excellent bedding comfort and small indulgent touches such as the Real World New Zealand-made, natural body care.

Richard says the hero of this project will be the new Nest Kitchen and Bar, with its second-to-none views.

“This will surely become Queenstown’s next hot-spot, perfect for a beautiful modern Mediterranean al fresco meal, an après-ski cocktail or a get together with friends,” he says.

As of the start of December 2018, guests can book their Lakehouse experience at www.kamana.co.nz. At the time of going to press, only 16 rooms and exterior work is still to be completed in the project, with an expected deadline of late January 2019.

Images credit: Kāmana Lakehouse

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