Nine Luxury Local Ski Stays
With the Australian slopes opening this week – and a hopeful New Zealand travel bubble still set to come into play – we’ve shortlisted the best snow season accommodation.
Sequoia Penthouse – Thredbo NSW
A luxury ‘home away from home’, Sequoia Penthouse is a beautifully appointed property featuring large living and entertaining areas, gourmet kitchen, wine fridge, formal and casual dining area and three large bathrooms all with underfloor heating. Sleeping up to 8, it’s the ideal private pad right in the heart of Thredbo.
Book the entire penthouse for $3715 per night; Thredboluxuryaccomodation.com.au
Minaret Station – Queenstown NZ
New Zealand’s most exclusive private offering, Minaret Station is a 50,000-acre working property located in a glacial valley between Wanaka and Queenstown. Accessible only by helicopter, the property features four individual chalets each comprising of either a king bed or twin sleeping arrangement, separate sitting area, spacious dressing room, ensuite bathroom with skylights and private patio with spa. Central to the Alpine Lodge is the Mountain Kitchen, with two separate living areas, wood-burning fires and first-class dining facilities all included. For those looking for a heightened adventure experience – guided heli-skiing is available on private fields.
Approx. $2750 per night, not including transfers; minaretstation.com
Astra Lodge – Falls Creek VIC
This stylish, European-inspired luxury is set on the idyllic slopes of Victoria’s Falls Creek. Aside from the swish digs – in the form of deluxe room, studio, two-bedroom apartment – there’s plenty of boutique amenities to indulge in such as the resort’s eponymous restaurant (with must have fondue), day spa, massages, body wraps and more. The ski-in, ski-out facilities include a ski and boot locker.
From $600 per night; Astralfallscreek.com.au
Te Kahu Lakehouse – Wanaka Bay NZ
Set on 50 acres of natural bush 20 minutes drive outside Wanaka, this private architectural wonder seamlessly blends into its surrounds that spill down the waters of Lake Wanaka. The award-winning home can accommodate six adults (across four bedrooms) and is close to Treble Cone as well as Cardrona and Snow Farm. A helicopter pad means easy and quick transfers, with private chefs also available to ease into any evening after a day on the slopes.
Min 7-night stay, approx. $3600 per night; releasenz.com
The Eastern – Thredbo NSW
Recently shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards, The Eastern is a pair of simple, Scandi-inspired lodges delivering unrivalled views of Mount Kosciuszko. The Cedar cabin boasts vaulted ceilings sleeping two double beds, perfect for and a Japanese inspired onsen while Oak is perfect for getting back to nature – ideal for singles and couples with direct views of High Noon run.
Oak from $630 per night Cedar from $700; theeasternthredbovillage.com
Blanket Bay Lodge – Lake Wakatipu NZ
Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Blanket Bay Lodge offers intimate rooms in the main lodge, as well as chalets that sleep two guests and the impressive Blanket Bay Villa and owners residence that both sleep up to eight guests. Just 45 minutes from Queenstown and the area’s many snowfields, the Lodge also offers fly-fishing (via helicopter), aerial discovery tours of Fiordland, jet-boat safaris and relaxing in the on-site spa. Dining is taken care of on-site with a rotating five-course degustation on offer.
Prices range from $1100 for a lodge suite, to $6500 for the villa; blanketbay.com
Eichardt’s Private Hotel – Queenstown NZ
Eichardt’s is the ‘downtown’ option comprising seven luxurious lake view suite, four lakefront apartments, the residence and penthouse. Enjoy passes to Coronet Peak, exclusive transfers in Land Rovers, a ski concierge as well as more booze options than can possibly be poured. Once off the slopes, take a helicopter to the Fiordland National Park or cruise down Lake Wakatipu on Eichardt’s private 24-metre superyacht.
Suites start at $1200 per night to $6000; eichardts.com
Matakauri Lodge – Queenstown NZ
Just 10 minutes from Queenstown, Matakauri is a breathtaking five-star experience that’s long drawn international guests to the region. A series of eight single-bedroom external designer lodges as well as suites in the main house (or go for Robb Report’s preferred four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage), the property offers incredible views over Lake Wakatipu to the imposing Remarkables ranges, in-house fine dining, spa, pool, sauna, fitness centre and a level of service rarely achieved – making it sometimes difficult to hit the slopes, even on enticing bluebird days.
From approx. $1300 per night; roberstonlodge.com
Breathtaker – Mt Buller VIC
Aside from access to great skiing and spacious, contemporary accommodation comprising single rooms up to the 10-person Breathtaker suite, this simple and neat resort offers a day spa with 20-metre lap pool and stunning views served with what’s an elevated and varied food and beverage offering.
From $380 per night; breathtaker.com.au