Hidden away in Arthur’s Point, just 10 minutes’ drive from Queenstown, Nugget Point Hotel and Spa is redefining what it means to have a peaceful holiday.
We’re greeted by the friendly receptionist Craig, and head up to our room. It’s stylishly decorated, with a scrubbed French-style kitchen, huge open plan lounge and bedroom, and a panoramic sliding window running the length of the far wall. Outside on our private balcony, there’s a jacuzzi, with a beautiful view of the Shotover River.
Now that's what I call a king sized bed...
But there’s no time to gawk - we’ve booked a one hour massage in the hotel spa. The smell of aromatic oils wafts down the marble corridor as we draw nearer to the spa, which includes a salt pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and two treatment rooms. As soon as we arrive, we’re greeted by Mavi, the spa manager.
“We’re a small team of experts here, so we can personalise every treatment to each client.” Mavi tells us. She radiates a calm energy and I instantly feel more relaxed.
“Massage is my passion. I love to change people’s moods. People walk in stressed, tense, tired, and they leave with a big smile on their face. It’s priceless.”
The view from the spa
She leads us through the spa, designed like a Grecian temple, complete with marble statues, wall mosaics and even an ornate bathtub. Inside the treatment room, two massage beds (couple massages are popular here) face a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking Queenstown Hill and the valley. It’s breathtaking.
An hour later, and I feel like a new woman. I love how she personalised the treatment to my particular aches and pains - definitely the best massage in Queenstown I’ve ever had! (Turns out you don’t have to be a hotel guest to use Nugget Point Spa, they offer day packages and can pick you up from Queenstown.)
A quick dip in the pool and jacuzzi, and I’m ready for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant; The Bodhi Tree. The only Burmese restaurant in Queenstown, The Bodhi Tree offers a tasty variety of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. We opt for the yellow split-pea tofu, beef curry and their famous tea salad, Le Pet Choke, which is a dish of pickled tea leaves and lentils unique to Burma. Utterly scrumptious and unique - my kind of dinner!
The jacuzzi on our private balcony (with the BEST view...)
Back in our room, I run the jacuzzi on the balcony, turn the lights off, and have one of the nicest baths of my life under the milky way. There’s no noise, except for a native New Zealand owl somewhere in the trees below. Suddenly, an orange moon rises from behind the mountains, and the evening has just geared up a notch to something magical.
After a solid sleep, I’m greeted in the breakfast room with a wake-you-up coffee and a bowl brimming with granola and compote. Dining next to their floor-to-ceiling windows, it's a treat to watch the river idle around the hills in the morning sun.
Team Wanderlust’s verdict? Nugget Point is definitely one of the best spots for some rest and relaxation in Queenstown. With its premium spa facilities, stunning views and unique restaurant, this tranquil hotel is the perfect escape from the town's action-packed streets.
Yummy granola for breakfast!