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Solitaire Lodge voted Australasia’s and New Zealand ’s Leading Resort



20 September 2006

New Zealand ’s Solitaire Lodge on Lake Tarawera has gained two major honours at the 2006 World Travel Awards. It has been voted both Australasia's Leading Resort and New Zealand ’s Leading Resort.


The 10-suite five-star luxury lodge has gained an international reputation for excellent service and attention to detail, complemented by top New Zealand food and wine in one of the world’s most outstanding locations, near Rotorua in the North Island. It was one of New Zealand ’s first luxury lodges, hosting many high-profile guests over the past 30 years.


Solitaire Lodge general manager, Callum Farnell who heads a team of 16 staff including three full-time chefs, accepted the awards today at a gala ceremony in the Caribbean resort of Turks & Caicos. The World Travel Awards are an annual event supported by travel agents worldwide and televised by both BBC World and CNN. This year 167,000 international travel professionals were asked to vote in the awards process.


The secluded lodge complex has had a major redesign and refurbishment in recent years to make the most of its native bush setting on a private peninsula overlooking Lake Tarawera . It includes 10 elegant, spacious suites sited to take in views from floor to ceiling windows, a terraced spa pool, heliport, float planes, and jetty access to luxury charter boats, and smaller craft. Trout-fishing, boating, kayaking, bush walking, thermal bathing and sightseeing are some of the many activities available to guests. The lodge also has a reputation for innovative New Zealand cuisine prepared using top local produce, complemented by a fine New Zealand wine cellar.


Callum Farnell said receiving this high-level international acknowledgment at the 2006 World Travel Awards was a special honour for everyone associated with Solitaire.


“As a long-standing member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, these awards fit well with our commitment to maintain the highest standards of its trusted international hallmark.


“It is particularly gratifying, not only for Solitaire Lodge but also for Small Luxury Hotels, that we are recognised by the travel industry as the leading resort in Australasia, in the company of many other leading New Zealand, Pacific, French Polynesian and Australian resorts.”


Solitaire Lodge’s latest global recognition is expected to generate significant interest from luxury travel connoisseurs around the world.


For further information about Solitaire Lodge visit www.solitairelodge.com

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