Built on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand, the name “Waimarino” perfectly fits the new luxury lodge. “Waimarino” is Maori for “Still Waters,” and this eco-conscious destination is looking to live up to its vision of being the future of sustainable indulgence.”
“We wanted to give guests the opportunity to disappear into the villa but also offer up areas of connection like the garden and orchard, yoga studio, restaurant, fire pits, and distillery,” says Waimarino founder Andrew McIntosh told Dwell. “The materials we have used have been sustainably grown and sourced, whilst the ambience is one of understated clean sophistication.”
McIntosh also adheres to the belief that too often exclusivity comes at the price of connection. Instead of creating such a scenario with Waimarino, McIntosh has created opportunities for guests to share meals that are cooked over open fires, and to participate in gin making using botanicals grown in the on-site garden. The focus on sustainability is also readily apparent, with solar power providing the electricity and water that come from the lake and nearby spring.
There’s also an organic treatment system. The lodge offers a limited number of villas as well as four-bedroom residences. Owners can use their villa 14 days per year, during which time they also have access to an Audi e-tron electric vehicle, Rand electric powerboat, and the restaurant, day spa, and yoga studio.
As the lodge is located on the picturesque shores of Lake Wakatipu, there are plenty of activities to partake of, including hiking, mountain biking, water activities, and picnicking. Guest can also work in the vegetable garden and the micro-orchard. As for “disappearing,” it’s made all the easier by the living roofs of the different buildings, which help the villas and residences to blend in naturally with the surrounding ecosystem. Inside the homes, you’ll find the epitome of luxury in the dressing and setting. In short, Waimarino truly sets the example of the future of sustainable indulgence.