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January, 2019

Queenstowns newest boutique accommodation, Kmana Lakehouse,
opened recently, after a multi-million-dollar brand development by
owners Coherent Hotel Ltd.
The company is part of the Colwall Property Investment Ltd. group that
owns other top-ranked hotels in New Zealand with extensive experience
in adding value and redesigning properties including the redevelopment
of InterContinental Hotel in Wellington.

Kmana Lakehouse is set to be the flagship for future new Kmana
properties, that will each reflect the distinct environment of its New
Zealand location. The brand is positioned as an independent boutique
hotel designed to create customer-centric experiences in a luxury décor.
The setting could not be more ideal for the new brand, as it sits on
former Aspen Hotels site, a privileged location in Fernhill at the heart
of Aspen Grove area.

The interiors of the 73 ensuite rooms, located high above Lake
Wakatipu, have been developed with the ultimate guest comfort in
mind, featuring contemporary design, highest quality beds, plush
furnishings and luxury amenities.

The living space, at centre of the property received great attention,
being transformed into an intimate social space featuring lounge areas
with uniquely designed fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows
overlooking a wrap-around deck, the lake and mountains beyond.

At the heart of this space sits Nest Kitchen and Bar featuring a circular
Art Deco-style bar clad in brass, accentuated by marble finishes and
metal accents. Seductive lighting, highly tactile furnishings, a
customised spiral staircase, real trees are all great design elements
coming together to bridge the European mountain lodge look with
contemporary Kiwi-inspired natural décor.
The interior design, brand positioning and restaurant are all inspired by
the Kmana bird and its natural habitat. The Australasian Crested Grebe
or Kmana [in its Maori name] is a diving bird native to New Zealands
southern lakes region including Queenstown. A rare and elegant
presence on the Otago lakes, it is regarded as a treasure by locals.
General manager Richard Crouch, who was previously Aspen Hotels GM,
says the location has finally reached its potential. The location here
with panoramic views across Lake Wakatipu is spectacular, and our
product is allowing guests to engage with that in a real way. These
views are what attracted Alison Laity and her team at Colwall Property
Investment in the first instance, inspiring them to create the Kmana

Richard says that as well as the lake views, Kmana Lakehouse reflects
Queenstowns spirit of adventure, at the same time offering the perfect
comfortable retreat in an elegant setting.

The room décor is modern with a high level of attention to detail
including modern connectivity, excellent bedding comfort and small
indulgent touches such as the Real World New Zealand-made, natural
body care.

Richard says the hero of this project is the new Nest Kitchen and Bar,
with its second-to-none views.
This will surely become Queenstowns next hot spot, perfect for a
beautiful modern Mediterranean alfresco meal, an après-ski cocktail, or
a get together with friends, he says.
Mario Sandulescu, who joined the team in 2017, is the new hotel
manager at Kmana Lakehouse. He brings more than 10 years of
experience with brands like The Ritz-Carlton Hotels and
InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, in luxury properties from Europe
and Singapore to Caribbean and United States.
Mario joined us one year ago to develop the property repositioning
path. Working with the team onsite and Colwall directors he was
instrumental in creating the Kmana Lakehouse brand, says Richard.
Joining the team more recently is new head chef Juan Pablo Aravena,
previously from Millhouse at Millbrook.
For me, as a manager, it is re-invigorating to surround myself with such
incredible talent, says Richard.


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