New Zealand’s South Island has a new swank hotel, and we say it sounds great for an intimate escape. The Establishment, a boutique inn with three exclusive rooms, is in the Fendalton suburb of Christchurch.
What we like: Guests at The Establishment begin their day with a complimentary in-house breakfast, ranging from a continental buffet, omelets and crepes. For dinner, guests can order in from local bistros and restaurants and charge the meal to their hotel room.
Activities in and around Christchurch include whale watching along the Pacific Ocean, skiing in the Southern Alps, golfing, visiting wineries, and hot air ballooning. Other nearby excursions include visiting the historical Akaroa French Settlement and Hanmer Springs.
The three accommodations are the Hinau, Puriri, and Totara Suites. Hinau has a bright ambiance; the Puriri Suite has a king-size bed that converts into two full-size single beds; and the Totara Suite includes a private, secluded courtyard that gets the morning sun—perfect for a private breakfast. Even better: The floors in the suites are heated to make cool mornings more comfortable.
Even better: Airport transfers are included in each booking.
For more information, visit theestablishment.net.nz.