You know a place is remote when there’s no road access and the only way in is by helicopter. Introducing Minaret Station, an exclusive alpine lodge with an address we can only imagine reads: middle of glacial valley, somewhere among New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
It’s this truly spectacular location that makes Minaret so special, with guests treated to one of the country’s great scenic flights – soaring past snow-capped peaks, vast meadows and dense forest – on their way in. Just one main building and four charming chalets form the property, with each private abode boasting a king-size bed, cosy furnishings and outdoor deck with hot tub.
Linked to the chalets by a raised wooden boardwalk is the Mountain Kitchen, a space that includes two lounge areas, library and well-stocked cellar. Meals are enjoyed here (or in your room – the choice is entirely yours) and dining is a first-class experience, with food sourced from both the station’s 20,000-hectare working farm and other local producers and growers. With an impressive range of excursions to partake in as well – heli-skiing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing and champagne-fuelled picnics, to name a few – having to leave just doesn’t seem fair.
From US $2200 per night for two adults.