Millbrook Resort


Story & Images by Sam Gole, Discover Golf Magazine

With nearly 20,000 kilometres to travel, a return trip from Japan to Queenstown, New Zealand is quite a trek. But you won’t hear the Ishii family, who own Millbrook Resort, complaining. The desire to spend some quality time at their spectacular 500-acre property drives them to board the vast Pacific Ocean crossing time and time again. And after I spent a few days at the multi award-winning luxury retreat, I can confirm this picturesque property, the Ishii family refers to as ‘Paradise’, is the ideal spot to stop and absorb one of nature’s thrilling locations.

Blessed with spectacular alpine countryside, Millbrook Resort is nestled within the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island and framed by the towering Remarkables Mountain Range.

Ideally located 10 minutes from Queenstown International Airport, Millbrook Resort is just two minutes from the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown and a 20-minute drive from Queenstown. And if you’re looking to explore these charming towns, the Resort operates a complimentary return shuttle service—after all Millbrook Resort is an industry leader for customer service.

Millbrook Resort’s rich history dates back to the 1800s. Lured to the region by a gold rush, French brothers John and Peter Brutel established a wheat farm in the 1860s to feed hungry miners. The rustic remains of the farm live on in Millbrook’s restored buildings and The Avenue of trees welcomes visitors just as it did 150 years ago—it’s a cosy ambience that’s warm and inviting.

In 1993, Millbrook opened its doors to the public as a luxury golf and lifestyle resort. Over the last 20 years, the popular getaway has received a number of awards and accolades, positioning it as one of the leading accommodation, golf, spa, resort venues in the world.

Voted No. 1 Hotel in New Zealand by leading website in 2014, Millbrook offers a range of quality accommodation options purposely built in harmony with the land. Each beautifully appointed and spacious Inn, Suite, Villa, Cottage and Home, enjoys a peaceful and private setting—it’s a blissful combination that makes Millbrook’s 175-room boutique hotel the perfect place to relax and escape the rat race.

Couples can choose between the Village Inns and the Villa Suites. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by flora, fauna and a babbling creek, each Village Inn room has a French provincial decor, a Californian king bed, and a patio or balcony with views over the surrounding mountains, golf course or Millbrook grounds.

The one-bedroom The Villa Suites feature fully-equipped kitchens and stunning alpine views—perfect for those that like to cater for themselves, whilst enjoying all the five star luxury of a world class resort.

The Hotel Villas and the Cottages are ideal for larger group sizes. The two bedroom Hotel Villas have a French provincial influence and feature a lounge area and kitchen, as well as two ensuite bedrooms. The 2, 3 or 4 bedroom self-contained cottages suit longer stays and family and friends travelling together. And for the ultimate in luxury, the three and four bedroom Fairway Homes are exclusive, private hideaways that frame the golf fairways. These fully-equipped properties are architecturally-designed with individually styled interiors and have stunning views of the golf course fairways and surrounding mountains.

Outdoors you can experience golf in breathtaking surrounds with Millbrook Resort’s 27-hole golf course. Voted Leading Golf Resort in New Zealand at the World Travel Awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013, this championship course caters to all levels of playing expertise featuring five different tee positions at every hole. The highlights are the finishing holes on the Coronet and Arrow Courses. The former is a risk reward par 5 and the latter is a beautiful island-type par 3. Be sure you have plenty of balls available when you reach either tee.

Millbrook Resorts excels in providing an ambience for respite. And the Spa at Millbrook is the essence of relaxation. Feel invigorated with an uplifting body massage and facial with a complete range of therapeutic and beauty treatments for men and women.

And if you enjoy good food, beer and wine, Millbrook offers another heavenly experience—dining. The Clubhouse is open for breakfast. Start the day with a selection of fresh juices, mueslis, bakery delights and cooked meals. The Hole-in-One serves tasty snacks and light meals until late—it’s a great place to unwind after golf. The Millhouse features a blend of European concepts and modern New Zealand dishes in a spectacular location overlooking the Mill Pond and The Arrow Nine. And Kobe Cuisine, open at selected times during the year, offers a variety of Japanese dining options—and the restaurant has Queenstown’s only Teppanyaki grill and is home to the highest Wagyu Beef available in New Zealand.

The Ishii family’s New Zealand golf getaway hits the sweet spot—Millbrook Resort truly is a slice of paradise.

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