The location of this five-star boutique hotel will really appeal to wine buffs – it’s set in the heart of the redoubtable Waipara wine region on New Zealand’s South Island. It sits nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps amid truly spectacular scenery, and can be reached in just 45 minutes by car from Christchurch.
Fans of the natural spa experience can visit the Hanmer Springs and Spa, which is about a 50-minute drive from the hotel.
Ask at the hotel about arranging to play a round at some of the excellent courses nearby.
The estate provides a choice of suites and villas and one family-friendly cottage (under-14s may stay in the latter only). All have comfy beds, cotton sheets and feather duvets, as well as bathrobes, slippers, mood lighting, tea- and coffee-making facilities, central heating and thoughtful touches such as fresh flowers and fruit. Additional features vary depending on the room, with some suites having two-person spa baths, direct garden access, verandas or a terrace. The family cottage has three bedrooms, its own courtyard and garden.
Within the estate you can laze about in the garden spa pool, roam about the mature gardens and surrounding working farm, enjoy tennis, squash, river swimming and horseriding, or book a Land Rover safari to get to know the area. You can also arrange to go whale watching at Kaikoura or take a trip to Christchurch, and there are opportunities for trout and salmon fishing and hunting. A visit to some of the premium wine estates in the region is also highly recommended.
Breakfast is served in the conservatory dining room or in guest accommodation in the case of the family cottage and owners retreat villa. In the evenings, guests can enjoy a table d’hôte menu at the nearby Nor’Wester restaurant. Meals are based on fine local produce and menus vary according to the season. As well as dining at the restaurant, you can also arrange to have a cold antipasto platter served in your room – which might include cold meats, cheeses, olives, pickles and locally made bread. It’s even possible to pre-book one of the excellent local chefs to prepare a fine-dining meal for groups of four or more, served in the Claremont’s dining room or in your villa or cottage.
828 Ram Paddock Rd, WaiparagoeRd2, Amberley, North Canterbuy