Getting everyone together for a destination stay takes tenacity as you line up calendars and personal preferences. Fortunately, the newly opened Mt Isthmus premium accommodation is where you will find a meeting of minds — as well as the meeting point of two of the world’s most astounding mountain lakes, Lake Wānaka and Lake Hāwea.
Situated on a thin strip of land that separates these two serene bodies of water, the private villa looks out from its spot on a 7000-acre high-country station to Lake Hāwea, with Mt Isthmus looming over. From The Lindis Group, known for its spectacular accommodation offerings around the country including the spectacular The Lindis and Paroa Bay Winery in the Bay of Islands, its clever design incorporates both the calming effect of the lakes and drama of the mountain ranges climbing straight out of the icy shores.
To create a synergy with the surrounding topography, local architecture studio Ground Up has designed the lines of the villa to flow like the contours of the river when viewed from above, while the copper finished roof is designed in geometric cornices of different heights when sighted straight on.
Inside, the four-bedroom space is finished with polished concrete and softened with snug decor. Each suite features super king-size beds, private ensuites and incredible views.
It’s the ideal place for getaways with family and friends, with a state-of-the-art kitchen — which comes with a personal chef service — a media room, spa pool, striking gas fire pyramid and several spacious entertaining areas.
In the heart of the adventure tourism region, guests can enjoy skiing, mountain biking, jet boating and skydiving as well as fly-fishing and hiking all in the neighbouring regions. And for those who are looking for a slower pace or a luxurious escape with friends, that’s like no other, can simply relax with a Central Otago pinot noir in hand, while taking in the incredible vistas of unparalleled southern beauty.