For our first wedding anniversary, my husband and I decided to go to Queenstown. We wanted to take advantage of all the adventure activities and be able to relax and feel a bit fancy. I spent ages looking at hotels in Queenstown trying to find the places that would offer us the luxurious experience we were after. This led me to The Rees Hotel.
As soon as we arrived, I knew we made the right call. We were greeted by the beautiful view of the lake as we entered the lobby. The staff were incredibly warm and welcoming. Check-in was quick, easy and we were lead straight to our room. We’d booked an Executive Lake View Room which came with a king-sized bed, balcony and spa bath. The room also had automatic blinds with switches right next to the bed. There’s nothing like going from darkness to sunshine, a lake and mountains while still being comfy and cozy in bed.
The Rees was also kind enough to leave us sweet from the local Remarkable Sweet Shop and a note congratulating us on our Anniversary (yes, I did write in the booking notes that was why we were there). Additional candy arrived in the form of turndown service, which is always a nice touch, and the chocolate was delicious.
Food and Drink
We arrived in the early evening, so decided to head down to the lobby bar for a drink before dinner. My husband order a Tirimsu cocktail (it was delicious, he was kind enough to let me try some) and I opted for 2019 Quartz Reef Pinot Rosé. The hotel has an in house Sommelier, so it wasn’t a surprise that the wine was excellent. They have an incredible wine selection, sake from New Zealand’s first and only sake brewery, and if none of the cocktails takes your fancy, they’ll be happy to make you any classic just ask.
After a wonderful first night and extremely comfortable sleep, we headed down to the hotel’s restaurant, True South Dining Room, for breakfast which came complimentary with our room. Hotel breakfast can go one of two ways, their either great or super average. This breakfast was great. They had a selection cereal, pastry and fresh fruit as well as the cooked breakfast and poached or fried eggs made to order. Included are French press coffee and tea. For or an extra cost you can get an espresso coffee. The dining room has a spectacular view of the lake, the window seats get quickly snapped up, but we were lucky enough to grab out on our last morning.
I think out of all the hotels in Queenstown The Rees has one of the best restaurants. Most nights we dinned elsewhere, but for one dinner we did decide to indulge and get the six-course degustation with wine matches. We decided to go entirely fancy and dressed up. I wore my reception dress and Seb wore his wedding suit. I’m glad I finally had an excuse to re-wear it because it is beautiful.
The waiter described why each wine was chosen and the flavours of the meal. It was very informative and even more delicious. My favourite had to be the seared tuna with miso and soy foam closely followed by lemon meringue tart and passion fruit sorbet for dessert. I must admit the 5th course was not to my taste. It was blue cheese with quince paste. When it was clear I didn’t like it the chef did offer to make me something else. I declined because I was starting to get full, but it was a lovely gesture. Overall the evening was beautiful and the outfits were a win. We had multiple people come up to us telling us how lovely we looked.
If you’re looking at hotels in Queenstown you can’t go past The Rees. Our stay was the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary, from enjoying mimosas on our balcony and taking in the scenery to relaxing in the spa bath every moment was exactly what I hoped. If you’re looking for a hotel with luxury comfort and incredible service look no further, this is the place for you.