Asia's rising hospitality management star Swiss-Belhotel International will launch an upscale resort at legendary Kiwi ski playground Coronet Peak, adding New Zealand to the burgeoning list of Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern nations where the Swiss-Belhotel flag flies.
Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak Queenstown will offer an experience targeting international tourists, said Chairman, President and owner of Swiss-Belhotel International Mr. Gavin Faull, a New Zealander presiding over one of the region's fastest-growing hotel management empires.
Mr. Faull said he was proud to bring the Swiss-Belhotel brand 'home' to New Zealand and delighted to plant the brand's flag in the pristine powder of Coronet Peak, one of the Southern Hemisphere's pre-eminent ski destinations in the awe-inspiring alps above the snow sports and adventure 'capital' of Queenstown.
"Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak Queenstown is the closest resort to the Coronet Peak ski field and this lends an exclusivity that is perfect for well-heeled international travellers and aspiring skiers and snowboarders," said Mr. Faull.
As a key part of the takeover, Swiss-Belhotel International will fully rebrand the resort including introducing new professional standards of operations and service and an extensive upgrade of the property to raise its classification to that of a high-quality four-star resort. This will include the introduction of additional conference and meeting space and outdoor hot tubs.
"Queenstown is an immensely popular destination in both the summer and winter months, with June to September seeing droves of snowboarders and skiers descend upon Coronet Peak's 280 skiable hectares and extensive, state-of-the-art snowmaking installations," Mr Faull said. "This guarantees a long season."
Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak Queenstown will feature extensive leisure facilities including spa and sauna, petanque, volleyball, croquet, badminton, ski waxing and drying rooms as well as Queenstown's only ten pin bowling alley. The resort's location provides easy access to the Onsen Hot Pools – a natural geothermal hot tub connected to the Shotover River which itself offers an extensive range of water sport activities.
The hotel also features a warm and inviting aprés-ski restaurant and bar, which offers excellent dining, comfort food and an extensive wine selection and tasting options showcasing the very finest New Zealand wines.
The launch of Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak Queenstown brings the Hong Kong-based group's portfolio to more than 120 hotels, resorts and projects ranging from 2-star to 5-star classifications across Asia, the Pacific, China and the Middle East.