the AMPR gold standard

July 17th, 2014

Gold is the new black. From Vienna to Jamaica, our “Gold Standard” will pave the way to a truly gilded vacation.

 

The pool at the new Park Hyatt Vienna, located in a 100-year-old bank vault, is lined in real gold tiles as an homage to the bricks that were once stored there.

 

The Halkin by COMO’s basque-inspired Ametsa with Arzak Instruction is dripping with golden icicles from every inch of the ceiling.

 

Ian Fleming has always taken his readers on the ultimate gilt trip with “The Man with the Golden Gun” and “Goldfinger.” Now, to mark the 50-year Golden anniversary of Fleming’s passing, Island Outpost is allowing guests to book a single room in his former villa at GoldenEye in Oracabessa, Jamaica.

 

All that glitters is gold in the Arrow River, where families can take a 30-minute day trip from Matakauri Lodge to pan for golden nuggets.

 

queenstown winter fest kicks off today

June 21st, 2013

The 39th annual American Express Queenstown Winter Festival, the Southern Hemispheres biggest winter celebration, kicks off today. Thousands of locals and visitors alike will hit the streets and slopes of Queenstown, New Zealand to partake in more than 75 different events (most of which are free and fun for the whole family), such as firework showings, performances by major Kiwi musicians and comedians, and on mountain skiing and snowboarding.

Perfect for families attending the festival, Matakauri Lodge‘s “Family Heaven” package includes two nights’ accommodation with an interconnecting second bedroom, daily pre-dinner drinks, gourmet dinner, full breakfast and mini-bar, spa treatments for all family members, a four-hour babysitter with room service, and a private dining experience. Guests can attend the festival, exploring beyond the lodge, and then return back to luxury once the day is over.

Originating in 1975, the Winter Festival began when a group of locals decided to use the arrival of snow as an excuse for a party, bringing residents and visitors together. The tradition was born and, over the years, this little celebration has grown immensely, attracting people from all over the world to join the Kiwis in welcoming the winter. Now an iconic event, marked and circled on every local resident’s calendar, the festival attracts 45,000 attendees. The annual Winter Festival is all about celebrating the community, the mountain environment, and the start of the winter holiday season.

For more information on the Matakauri Lodge’s “Family Heaven” package visit:  http://www.matakaurilodge.com/family-heaven

For more Winter Festival Information visit: www.winterfestival.co.nz

ampr now representing the lodge at kauri cliffs, the farm at cape kidnappers and matakauri lodge in new zealand

February 7th, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Alice Marshall Public Relations now represents three of New Zealand’s highly lauded lodges:  The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge. Each of the lodges offers its own way to see New Zealand, while all three celebrate the destination’s natural beauty.

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs (Matauri Bay, North Island)

Kauri Cliffs is an ideal destination for spa-goers, golfers, families, corporate retreats and more.  This 6,000-acre property has three private beaches, its own waterfall and a David Harman-designed golf course ranked 80 in the world by Golf Magazine.  The 15-hole, par-72 course is surrounded by views of the ocean and crashing waves.

New Zealand is well-known for out-of-this-world landscapes.  The Spa at Kauri Cliffs celebrates the environs with treatment rooms arrived upon after a leisurely stroll through the Totara Forest.  The Spa overlooks a fern-fringed stream and each treatment room opens onto a private patio with forest views and birdsong.

ACCOMMODATIONS – 22 in total: six Suites and 16 Deluxe Suites.  Overlooking the Bay of Islands, the two-bedroom Owner’s Cottage has a private infinity swimming pool, hot tub and outdoor cooking facilities for in-cottage dining.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers (Hawke’s Bay, North Island)

Set on a 6,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm, this is the lodge for food and wine enthusiasts due to its close proximity to Hawke’s Bay Wine Country.  At The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, guests will find fruit and vegetable gardens; walking trails including a field with more than 6,000 lavender plants; and a Tom Doak-designed golf course, ranked 33 in the world by Golf Magazine.

Rich in wildlife, 20 percent of the world’s gannet population lives at Cape Kidnappers.  Guests can cart about the property in ATVs to the granite cliff these birds call home and observe them in their natural habitat.  At Cape Kidnappers there is also a kiwi bird sanctuary, offering protection to the endangered species.  Guests can take a guided kiwi walk to meet and cuddle the kiwis, one of the only places in New Zealand where guests get a close-up look and hold one of these rare birds.

ACCOMMODATIONS – 22 in total:  10 Hilltop Suites, eight Ridge Suites and four Lodge Suites.  The four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage can accommodate up to eight guests with each bedroom offering a fireplace, walk-in closets and majestic views of the Pacific Ocean from a private balcony.

Matakauri Lodge (Queenstown, South Island)

Queenstown caters to the thrill-seeking and city-savvy New Zealand visitor.  Some accommodations can feel overcrowded and small in such a vibrant city.  Matakauri Lodge offers all of the excitement of Queenstown with a spacious, quiet and reflective location on Lake Wakatipu.  From Matakauri, adventure and outdoorsy travelers can heli-ski, take a Dart River jet safari, glide on the world’s highest swing and fly over glaciers and Milford Sound. Experiences on the calmer end of the spectrum abound, including trout fishing, hiking, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit tours and more.

ACCOMMODATIONS – 11 in total:  one Lodge Room, two Suites, eight Deluxe Suites.

Twice a year, travelers are offered a Tiger Tour that celebrates all the country has to offer;  the trip comprises three nights in each one of the three lodges, travel from North Island to Hawke’s Bay and finally Queenstown via private jet.

Hedge-Fund Titan Julian Robertson founded The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge in New Zealand based on his and his wife’s love affair with the country.  After spending five months visiting and traveling through New Zealand, the Robertsons returned to the United States, pregnant with their second child and with the idea to start Tiger Fund (this would later come to revolutionize hedge fund operations globally).  They opened the first of the three resorts, The Lodge Kauri Cliffs, seven years later.  The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge would soon follow. The lodges are owned and operated by the Robertson family.  Today, Robertson’s son Jay and his wife Claire run the lodges.

Having been longtime fans of New Zealand, The Robertson family also owns Dry River vineyard and winery in Martinborough.

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