Mt Cook retreat is in the beautiful Mackenzie country, at the base of the mountains and next to the stunning lake Pukaki. The villa is huge and furnished to make you feel comfortable and at home and totally spoilt. Luke is a great host, friendly and helpful but not intrusive and Raf (our personal chef!) was gorgeous and catered for our awkward dietary requests :) . The massage and yoga, which were organised for us, were fantastic too. This is the place to come and totally unwind!
Fantastic stay at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, High Country Estate & Luxury Villa Collection. We stayed in the prime villa, the Ashley Mackenzie villa which has clear unobstructed views overlooking Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook. The 2 bedroom villa was vast and very well appointed furnishings and fittings. This Villa has its own fully functioning kitchen if you want to be self contained however the food which is bought to your room each night is fantastic. No need to dress up and go out for dinner as it’ll be delivered right to your table. A full 3 delicious course meal made onsite with locally sourced produce. This villa also has two full en-suite and a massive dinning & open plan lounge area with commanding views of the lake and a big open fire. Breakfast is DIY but again the raw…
Wow, mt cook lakeside retreat exceeded our expectations. What a special place this is, from the down to earth warm friendly owners to the meals cooked from scratch and delivered to our villa by the chef, everything was perfect! We enjoyed 2 amazing nights in the ashley mackenzie villa, it is so nice and cozy with underfloor heating. The open fireplace is so welcoming and lovely to spend evenings in front of playing a selection of boardgames. We absolutely LOVED the hot tub under the stars.. it really was special. The detail that was put into our stay was so lovely and something we will remember. Thankyou so much for having us and we would love to return one day. If you are looking for somewhere special, this is it!
From the friendly personal attention to the taste of the pure water to the star gazing it was all beyond our expectations. Having a chef deliver cuisine to our dining room while the fire crackled was a treat. Not that underfloor heating did not already have us feeling cosy. So much to see and do and absorb that three days were not enough. Hope to come again soon.
From the moment we arrived we felt so welcome, and knew we were in for a special experience. We weren't disappointed. The accommodation is so comfortable and beautiful, the setting and views are superb, even on an overcast day, and then there was the most amazing food delivered to our villa each day. Every one of the staff were so friendly and accommodating. It was all so good we booked an additional night! We really enjoyed the outdoor hot tub on the cold nights, gazing up at an incredible starry sky, and also loved taking the owners 2 Springer Spaniels for a walk on the numerous tracks. All in all, just perfect really, we couldn't fault it, and will be back for sure! This place is a credit to the NZ travel industry.