Queenstown is more than the action capital of New Zealand. It’s a mecca for travelers and holidaymakers looking to live large while visiting the Land of the Long White Cloud. For those seeking the very best in accommodation and dining, look no further than the Imperium Collection – an ensemble of luxury hotels, restaurants and experiences spread across the popular southern alpine region.
We rolled into Queenstown a few weeks back and were lucky enough to check out several of the Imperium Collection properties, each living up to its promise of luxury and refinement. You can discover the awe-inspiring Imperium Collection below and be one step closer to taking that potential vacation to the next level.
Eichardt’s Private Hotel
Located in the heart of Queenstown, Eichardt’s Private Hotel is historic, luxury accommodation for discerning travelers. The boutique hotel is brimming with urban comfort and with the sights and sounds of the city, plus Lake Wakatipu are right at its doorstep, Eichardt’s is the ultimate destination for those looking to both explore and escape.
Guests can choose between a selection of signature suites and apartments showcasing classic architecture and modern design complemented by lake views and friendly service. There are even a European-styled residence and sophisticated Penthouse for those who demand the height of excellence.
Eichardt’s bar is a cosy place to grab a drink or two before turning in or exploring Queenstown at night. The bar has been a staple of the scene for over 150 years, catering to guests, visitors and locals alike. Inside its walls, there’s an atmosphere and sense of history that can’t be found elsewhere.
Thirsty travelers can indulge in local and imported beverages, and Eichardt’s Bar is the only bar in Queenstown serving Champagne Bollinger by the glass. A selection of tapas and shared plates featuring local produce are presented on hand-made serving boards crafted from local Pinot Noir oak barrels.
As Eichardt’s premier dining destination, The Grille is a vibrant and stylish setting, showcasing the unique tastes of the Central Otago and Southland regions. The tempting menu is backed by the talents of executive chef Will Eaglesfield who is the mastermind behind several fine menus across New Zealand and Europe.
Eaglesfield’s passion is local produce. Vegetables are sourced from community gardens; beef comes from across the lake and Eaglesfield even hand-picks wild marjoram to season his signature dishes. Menu highlights include the legendary seafood chowder and epic tomahawk steak that’s designed to share.
The restaurant design comes from award-winning architect Michael Wyatt and combines natural stone with weathered and exposed steel, antique lighting and sumptuous leather banquettes to create a facade like no other.
The Spire Hotel
Much like Queenstown, The Spire is considered “small but perfectly formed,” with just ten sought-after suites nestled amidst the picturesque town. Unlike the historic aesthetic of Eichardt’s, The Spire is contemporary in every way – clean lines, plush fabrics, bold colours – the works. Each 60sqm suite has a super king bed, a spacious ensuite with separate shower and irresistibly deep bath, a large balcony and Bang & Olufsen audio equipment along with a stone-clad fireplace. The Spire is ideal for seasoned style-hunters and globetrotters craving that ‘southern’ hospitality.
No5 Church Lane
No5 Church Lane is a mix of tastes, style and casual relaxation. It’s The Spires’ combined cafe, restaurant and bar. There’s a great range of menu favourites as well as sharing plates for vegans, vegetarians and those who prefer gluten-free. Unique dishes include Southern-fried banana blossoms, beetroot falafels and more.
A must-try is the signature drink – The Last Scotsman. Glenlivet Single Malt Whisky is infused with figs, gently stirred down with a touch of Drambuie, a healthy splash of house blend orange bitters and finished with a mist of Lagavulin 16 Year Single Malt and a flamed orange twist.
This eclectic drink and a visit to No5 is the perfect end or beginning to your Queenstown experience.
Pacific Jemm spans 80-feet of maritime goodness and is perfect for you and up to 32 friends to explore the hidden corners of Lake Wakatipu. Part of the Eichardt’s Private Hotel experience, this luxury superyacht is sleek, modern and powerful.
Three expansive terraces provide the luxury amenities of the hotel experience, with four on-board suites, a captain, crew and menu prepared by No5 Church Lane Chef Trent Watson. Guests can celebrate throughout the main salon, entertainment area, bar and alfresco and formal dining areas against a foredeck which boasts a large sun pad designed for relaxing.
In what could be New Zealand’s most exclusive hotel suite, the ultra-luxury Penthouse at Eichardt’s Private Hotel can only be described as pure opulence. At $10k per night (minimum two nights stay and three in summer), The Penthouse will appeal to those possessing a high net worth.
The Penthouse, accessed by a private elevator, offers a terrace spa, in-suite sauna, 24/7 butler service, whisky bar and after-hours shopping experience with brand partners around Queenstown. Guests also enjoy Krug Champagne refreshed daily, a private chef and a Land Rover with a driver at their disposal.
For big-spending sight-seers, The Penthouse Experience is a luxury adventure package explicitly designed for Penthouse guests who wish to engage with all of the fantastic activities and delicacies that New Zealand has to offer – in a private setting. Beginning with a private helicopter ride to Cecil Peak, guests will be treated to a gourmet BBQ by their own private chef, followed by merino sheep shearing, a 4WD experience and private access to the world’s highest par 3 golf hole. This is living.