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Sofitel's SoSpa Traveler Massage Is a Surefire Way to Beat Jet Lag

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  Site Where: 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland, New Zealand, 1010
December 5, 2013 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, you came along with us as we explored the harbor-side property of Auckland's Sofitel Viaduct Harbour. Today, we're exploring the ways your body can explore...the spa.

Since New Zealand is really, really, really far away, one of the best ways to beat jet-lag is to head to the spa to work out your sore and fatigued muscles. Not surprisingly, this Sofitel's SoSpa has developed a massage specifically for weary travelers.

Before we get into the serenity of the treatment, we should let you know that the Sofitel's spas are re-branding to SoSpa as an extension of the luxurious and trendy brand, Sofitel So. (Coincidentally, Auckland will get its own Sofitel So hotel next year.) But in the meantime, the Sofitel Viaduct Harbour is still Auckland's first SoSpa and better yet, it still has the new-spa smell since it opened its doors just a few months back.

Tucked away in a back corner of the hotel and utilizing two floors, the spa is a the center of all things rejuvenation with cool blue colors, dark woods and Kiwi design elements. Upon check-in guests are greeted and allowed to change in separate change-rooms then treated to some fruit-infused mineral water. After a few sips, we also got to choose the scented essential oil that we would tickle our olfactory glands during the massage.

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Spending Some Time With Auckland's Sofitel Viaduct Harbour

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  Site Where: 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland, New Zealand, 1010
November 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Harbor-side rooms and plush rooms at Sofitel Viaduct Harbour; a HotelChatter Review

Spending a few days in Auckland sounds like a dream, but once you start to look at hotel options, you might get a little discouraged since the city doesn't have much selection. With limited international hotel brands that we can trust, we settled on Sofitel Viaduct Harbour but didn't expect some harbor living during our visit.

Check-In
After a winding trip through the sleepy streets of the city's entertainment district, we finally make it to a mid-rise building situated directly on the inner-harbour surrounded by yachts and sailboat masts. With a sleek, tiled lobby that featured a handful of reflection pools, we struggled to be anything but awed by the framed view of the private mooring docks beyond the lobby. Then after a speedy check-in process, we were off to our room.

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We're 'So' Excited for The New Sofitel So Hotel in Auckland

Where: 67 Customs Street, Auckland, New Zealand
July 31, 2013 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fans of design hotels will rejoice with the latest news of an ultra-hip, uber-trendy Sofitel So Hotel set to open in Auckland. The Pacific's first hotel of the brand will have all of the "So" details and elements for which we've been know to go a little gaga.

The Sofitel So Auckland, the fourth of the So brand, will be smack in the middle of the central business district, putting visitors within close proximity to everything the Kiwi metropolis has to offer. Setting up shop in the former New Zealand Reserve Bank, design junkies will be able to walk one block to the city's harbor and still be just five minutes away from the Auckland Viaduct, the hot entertainment district.

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New Zealand Treehouse Living At Its Finest

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  Site Where: Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
December 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (0)


Treehouse

When can a treehouse be both glamorous and sustainable? Four words: Hapuku Lodges and Treehouses. Located on the South Island of New Zealand, the property features completely sustainable living, while overlooking the pristine scenery of the Kaikoura region, about 2 hours north of Christchurch.

The lodges and tree houses were the brainchild of a family of architects and designers, so there's no shortage of thoughtful, functional design that looks great. Not only did they want to create a unique hotel that showcases the region's love of nature, they also sought to be an important cog in the local ecosystem.

The main accommodations are treehouses that hang 30 feet above the ground in the canopy of a Manuka grove. Don't worry: there isn't a rope ladder to climb, since each house has a staircase leading up to the luxurious digs. Inside, there are giant windows to take in views of the local mountains and the Pacific coastline, plus natural wood furnishings, all hand-crafted by local woodworkers that happen to be friends of the owners.

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The Guest List At Huka Lodge Is A Celebrity Overload

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  Site Where: 271 Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
October 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM | by | Comment (1)

Joan Collins. Michael Douglas. Bette Midler. Barbra Streisand. John Cleese. Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Queen Margrethe of Denmark. What do all these people have in common?

Theyíve stayed at Huka Lodge, one of New Zealandís most exclusive hotels, and a perfect Fantasy Friday candidate. Located on the Waikato River, near Taupo and Rotorua on the North Island, this is one place thatís on our personal hotel bucket-list.

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Christchurch, NZ Welcomes Back First Hotel Since Earthquake

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  Site Where: 107 Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8011
September 7, 2012 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Natural disasters, like earthquakes, can paralyze travel plans, sometimes months and even years later. The February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, which pretty much closed down the city to tourism, was no different. But we've got good news--things are bouncing back, including the September 4th re-opening of the Ibis Christchurch Hotel, which has been closed for two years.

The South Island city of Christchurch experienced a 6.3 magnitude quake that caused 185 deaths. Slowly, but surely, the city has been rebuilt and people are moving back to the region.

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5 Reasons We Never Wanted To Leave The Spire in Queenstown

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  Site Where: 3-5 Church Lane, Queenstown, Central Otago, New Zealand, 9300
February 24, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Most people come to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand, to experience the South Islandís pristine natureóalong with a healthy dose of adrenalineóbut we liked our hotel in town, The Spire. So much, in fact, that we barely wanted to leave our room! Here are the five things we liked best, in the order in which we experienced them.

1. The Welcome Amenity: After a long, tiring day and the drive into town (and yes, it was a bit difficult to find the hotel since it's down a little pedestrian lane in the middle of Queenstown), it was relief to hand over the keys to our rental car, be walked upstairs to one of the hotelís 10 enormous rooms (all are about 650 square feet) while someone parked our car and brought our luggage, and find a little tray waiting for us with a half-bottle of Champagne, handmade chocolates and apples, a welcome amenity that each and every guest receives. Thatís part of our number two favorite thingÖ

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What Happens When Our Cubicle Dreams Come True: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

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  Site Where: 448 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
January 14, 2011 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen takes us on a tour of New Zealandís hotel scene.

About a year or so ago, in a Cubicle Dreaminí fantasy piece, we told you about one of our all-time dream hotels, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in the famous wine-making region of Hawkes Bay on New Zealandís North Island.

Well, in one of those amazing twists of fate, we actually got to visit the gourmet golf resort over the holidays this year, and here are a couple of our photos and impressions of the resort, which we can only describe as world-class.

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Inside Wellington's Museum Hotel

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  Site Where: 90 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand, 6011
January 13, 2011 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen takes us on a tour of New Zealandís hotel scene.

Today on our New Zealand hotel scene roundup, we take you to the nationís capital, Wellington, or ďWindy WellyĒ as the locals call it thanks to its typically blustery weather, to show you around our room at the cityís Museum Hotel.

Wellington is about one tenth the size of Auckland, but we were still white-knuckling it as we drove along the busy one-way streets all the way to the harbor-front where we found the austere, black faÁade of the hotel across from one of the countryís most visited museums, Te Papa. Aha, so thatís where the hotelís name comes from!

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Why We Needed To Use the Restroom at Westin Auckland Lighter Quay

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  Site Where: 21 Viaduct Harbour Ave., Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 1010
January 12, 2011 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen takes us on a tour of New Zealandís hotel scene.

So far in our mini hotel tour of Auckland weíve taken you to the Langham, where we stayed, and over to the Hilton, where we popped in for an impromptu tour one day. Now weíre going to take you to the newest of the cityís upscale chain hotels, the Westin Auckland Lighter Quay.

We had to settle for another quick guerrilla tour of this harborfront property because we werenít actually staying there, and couldnít take any photos inside. But we did manage to get a good look around and thought it was worth mentioning here anyway. And if you really need the visual aids, you can check out our Flickr shots of the hotel here.

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Inside The Hilton Auckland, Where The Pool Hangs Off The Roof

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  Site Where: Princes Wharf 147 Quay St., Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, 1040
January 11, 2011 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen takes us on a tour of New Zealandís hotel scene.

Though we stayed at the Langham during our three days in Auckland, we took the opportunity to visit a couple of the cityís other premier hotels including the Hilton.

The first thing that struck us as we dropped off a couple friends was the architecture. The hotel is on a renovated wharf, and was designed to look like a cruise ship, though it had more of an oil tanker aesthetic if you asked us. The one cool feature was the pool suspended four stories above the driveway, and you know how we like our dramatic hotel pools.

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Inside The Langham Auckland

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  Site Where: 83 Symonds St., Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, 1140
January 10, 2011 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen takes us on a tour of New Zealandís hotel scene.

Though itís the biggest city in New Zealand, Auckland is still a small place, with just about 1.4 million souls, so the hotel scene isnít quite as big as weíre used to.

Still, we found a few options to talk about based on our recent trip down to city of sails, including the Langham Auckland, where we stayed for three nights, and which weíd venture to say is the cityís most established luxury hotel based on what we saw while we were down there. Check out the photo gallery and room video we made to find out why.

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