Private jet holidays to tempt affluent travellers

Queenstown Views Villa developer tips post-C19 HNW visitor demand to take off

New Zealand property developer Kevin Carlin believes the affluent traveller will be demanding private and seamless experiences once COVID-19 travel bans are lifted.

Carlin is the entrepreneur and Managing Director behind Ultra Properties, a Queenstown-based company comprised of boutique hotels, houses, apartments, villas and mansions in the South Island city as well as Christchurch, and on the Gold Coast and Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia.

Carlin Developments is overseeing the creation of the luxury Radisson Hotel Queenstown (coming in 2022) and the ultra-high-end Queenstown Views Villa, the latter catering for the shortage of top-of-the-line accommodation in the NZ adventure capital.

Spread over seven levels, Queenstown Views Villa will meet standards of the Euro Star hotel rating criteria checklist, Carlin told LATTE this week, saying he has evaluated and calculated the points required for a European five-star hotel.

“There is a lack of true five-star accommodation right in the Queenstown Central area,” he said. This project will exceed the five-star rating by “a significant margin,” he boasts.

Carlin says consulting firm Horwath Hotel, Tourism and Leisure Group agrees there is an undersupply of luxury accommodation in central Queenstown compared to the options in similar alpine tourism destinations such as Vail or Aspen in Colorado or Davos in Switzerland.

“This is the reason I am aspiring to deliver a true six-star hotel experience for Queenstown,” he said.

Slated to open in late 2021, Queenstown Views Villa will accommodate up to 50 guests across seven villas and two upper-level penthouses. Accommodations range in size from 50 square metres to 288 square metres in one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations and feature private rooftop terraces for outdoor living. All suites will offer views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

A private entrance, reception, concierge office and lifts will be available to penthouse level guests. Staff quarters for private jet pilots, butlers, bodyguards and their entourage are also offered.

Queenstown Views Villas’ Culinary Director has worked for the Ritz-Carlton and other prestigious properties with a five-Michelin-star accreditation.

“Many experts in our industry believe that after the COVID-19 travel bans are lifted, the High Net Worth (HNW) travellers will seek the safe haven known as Queenstown New Zealand, and our new six-star all-suites boutique hotel will open just in time for the resurgence in the High Net Worth Traveller market,” Carlin commented.

“Hotel guests, families with holiday homes in Queenstown and business travellers will prefer to travel in the more sanitary conditions afforded by a private jet service. They will avoid the close quarters contact in airports with the lines of people at check-in and avoid the main terminal security and customs screening processes.”

The private jet trans-Tasman service will be available from the Australian East Coast to New Zealand, and also between the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

Carlin said private jet travel avoids the close proximity environment inside of commercial airlines, “sitting with hundreds of unknown passengers”.

Despite the current challenging time, construction of the Queenstown Views Villa is ongoing.

Room rates, terms and conditions and booking commission structure is expected to be finalised by November 2020. To find out more, see www.QueenstownViews.nz

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