Rosewood Hotels & Resorts today assumed management of three renowned New Zealand resorts, adding Rosewood Kauri Cliffs, Rosewood Cape Kidnappers, and Rosewood Matakauri to its collection. Formerly known as Robertson Lodges, these spectacular lodges, each situated in quintessential destinations, now form an integral part of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ expanding portfolio. The management deal was struck back in September.
The ribbon cutting of the three lodges took place in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand at Rosewood Cape Kidnappers, with the Robertson family (represented by the three sons of lodge founders, philanthropists and visionaries Julian & Josie Roberston, Spencer, Jay and Alex) officially bestowing the management of their family-owned lodges to Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, represented at the official event by Hoss Vetry, Rosewood Hotel Group’s Vice President of Operations for the APAC region.
“With great respect for the heritage of the lodges and the foundation that the Robertson family has built, Rosewood will carefully preserve and sustain the friendly service and care for native culture that have defined these destinations over the decades,” said Hoss Vetry, Vice President of Operations, APAC, Rosewood Hotel Group. “As we embark on this exciting journey, we are committed to taking the resorts to new heights under Rosewood’s guidance, ensuring that the quintessential spirit of each property and the collection at large continues to thrive into the future.”
After a traditional New Zealand Maori blessing, Jay Robertson, on behalf of his family, enthusiastically heralded the three lodges into an exciting new era under the Rosewood management. The latest milestone of Rosewood’s intentional and ongoing growth strategy, these additions mark Rosewood’s entry into the Oceania region. They also underscore Rosewood’s commitment to championing storied properties in some of the most remarkable destinations around the world.
“My family and I could not be happier to be partnering with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, as they are truly a revered and professional hospitality brand, widely admired on the international stage” said Jay Robertson. “My parents put heart and soul into these special New Zealand lodges which they started over twenty-three years ago, and my brothers and I believe they would be very happy to see this new relationship with Rosewood develop as we move forward and grow together.”
Rosewood’s entrance into this highly captivating area of the Pacific demonstrates the brand’s commitment to expanding the horizons of ultra-luxury travel. Continuing a strong commitment to instilling its signature A Sense of Place®philosophy, while channeling a differentiated approach to service that has contributed to the collection’s notoriety around the world, Rosewood brings a new level of luxury lifestyle to this destination.
Lead image: From left are Andrew Turner, Regional Vice President, Rosewood Hotel Group; Hoss Vetry, Vice President of Operations, Asia Pacific, Rosewood Hotel Group; Jay Robertson, Alex Robertson and Spencer Robertson.