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New Zealand’s priciest Penthouse to pull $10k per night and new class of traveller

New Zealand’s priciest hotel suite, Eichardt’s Private Hotel’s ultra-luxury rooftop abode – aptly named “The Penthouse” – will officially open its doors in December 2016.

Commanding $10,000 per night for its sweeping 180º view over Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, exquisite design and VIP service, The Penthouse is the prize jewel in the Eichardt’s $6 million expansion, which also includes a brand new bistro and two lavish Hotel Lake View Suites to complement the Louis Vuitton and World boutiques.

In true Eichardt’s style, The Penthouse oozes elegance with its terrace spa, in-suite sauna, 24/7 butler service and afterhours one-on-one shopping experiences with brand partners across Queenstown. Guests will also enjoy Krug Champagne refreshed daily, deluxe toiletries, commercial grade kitchen, private chef and Land Rover and driver at their disposal.

With significant interest and a number of pre-bookings from affluent international guests ahead of its highly-anticipated opening date, The Penthouse (part of the Imperium Collection of luxury boutique hotels owned by Christchurch-born, Melbourne-based businessman Andrew Cox) presents a lucrative tourism opportunity for Queenstown.

“We’re preparing for a new class of ultra-high net worth guests,” Cox explains.

“With a small yet powerful group of discerning guests heading to Queenstown on a regular basis, often by private plane, The Penthouse is a natural extension of Eichardt’s’ luxury offering and is sure to make an entrance to the market like no other.”

Destination Queenstown’s chief executive, Graham Budd, said it was exciting to see a new luxury offering and retail experience being added to the centre of Queenstown.

“Queenstown is New Zealand’s premium visitor destination and attracts guests in the luxury market from Australia, America, Asia and Europe as well as domestically – all looking to enjoy stunning scenery, authentic experiences, unique activities and fine local cuisine and wine in a welcoming and safe environment.

“Queenstown is the natural choice for the premium market and it’s great to see investment in product for this sector,” says Mr Budd.

Before construction, the entire development underwent archaeological excavation in order to discover and preserve the unique heritage of the area and of the Wakatipu Basin.

“The Penthouse is a calculated reflection of Eichardt’s history as well as the natural beauty and distinctive energy of the region,” says Cox.

“It is testament to Queenstown’s reputation as one of the world’s finest tourist destinations. Our warm culture and unparalleled natural surroundings have helped to put New Zealand on the global map, and with Eichardt’s ever-expanding luxury hospitality offering, we’re certainly keeping pace with the likes of London, New York and Paris,” he concludes.

Rates for the 240sqm (plus 100sqm balcony) penthouse suite are $10,000 per night, with the two additional Lakefront Suites available for $1950 per night. Reservations are officially open from 15 December 2016.

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Three times a charm at World Ski Awards

It was once, twice, three times a winner as Eichardt’s Private Hotel took out the distinguished title of New Zealand’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel at the annual World Ski Awards for the third consecutive year.

Acknowledging exceptional success in the ski tourism industry, the luxury Queenstown hotel was presented the award at a glamourous black tie Gala Ceremony held last night (November 21) in Kitzbühel, Austria.

The event was attended by ski tourism figureheads and market leaders from North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia and took into account votes from thousands of ski tourism professionals and members of the public to determine the best of the best across the globe.

Eichardt’s Private Hotel owner Andrew Cox praises his team for their unwavering commitment to excellence across all levels of the hotel proposition.

“Queenstown is known as the skiing capital of the Southern Hemisphere so to be awarded three years consecutively as the best choice for premium accommodation is certainly a proud moment.

“Our team works hard to go above and beyond to identify the best in skiing experiences to our guests.  This can mean anything from private boot and board/ski fittings in their suite to heli-skiing on untouched powder, so it’s great to see their diligence recognised on the world stage.”

World Ski Awards Managing Director Sion Rapson launched the World Ski Awards in 2013 with the aim to drive up standards within the ski industry and reward the organisations that are leaders in their field.

“Each winner can take enormous pride – they have been voted the finest in class against stiff competition,” Rapson said.

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Seven bartenders from TGI Fridays Asia Pacific are competing for the title of “World’s Best Bartender” at TGI Fridays Melbourne Central on Wednesday 26th November. The ‘Aussie’ contender, Harvey Suelan from TGI Fridays Marion located in South Australia, says he’s excited for this opportunity. Members of the public are encouraged to come along and view this unique global event.

TGI Fridays Director of Operations Amaresh Devanesen said, “This is a great opportunity for TGI Fridays Melbourne Central to host the Asia Pacific Regional Bar Championships.  We are growing here in Australia, having opened five new restaurants in the past 24 months. This event really puts Fridays on the Australian map.”

Contestants hail from China, Taiwan, Phillippines, India, Japan, Korea and Australia and are all flairing (tossing and flipping bottles) their way to the TGI Fridays World Bartender Championships. More than 1,000 TGI Fridays bartenders from around the world compete from restaurant level all the way to world level. Within this, there are 4 International divisional levels and 6 USA divisional levels. On average there are about 8 bartenders, who compete at each divisional level.

During the compulsory portion, the mixologists will show their mastery of bar mechanics, including technical knowledge, skill and accuracy. The speed round will test each competitor’s talent for making drinks during a specific time frame. The freestyle portion of the competition showcases the master competitors’ flair bartending skills — tossing, balancing, mixing and flipping cocktails and bottles in the air.

The World Bartender Championship event also includes a comprehensive skill test. Each contestant must know more than 200 alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink recipes, perform pour tests, answer specific questions on food items, wine bottle opening, pouring techniques, mixes and garnishes.  The bartenders will be judged in several categories, including accuracy, organization, cleanliness, working flair, guest hospitality and professionalism.

TGI Fridays prides itself on providing a fun and relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and original recipes. TGI Fridays is renowned for their World Famous Burgers, Buffalo wings, Jack Daniel’s Grill, Loaded Potato Skins and their legendary Happy Hour. All menu items are prepared fresh daily and cooked to order.

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