The Luxe List 2019: The Lindis, New Zealand

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Rock and timber star at this remote five-suite lodge in the high country of New Zealand’s South Island. Accessed via a 2.5-hour drive from Queenstown through the dramatic scenery of the Lindis Pass, The Lindis is situated on Ben Avon Station, a 2,400-hectare sheep and cattle farm surrounded by the hills of the Huxley Range, whose contours are mirrored in the building’s low-slung, undulating roofline. Outdoor adventure is a major draw here: guests can cast a line in the trout-filled Ahuriri River (it’s ranked among the world’s best for fly-fishing) or go horseback riding, mountain hiking, electric biking, heli-skiing, or even gliding. But there are plenty of on-site diversions as well, from soaking in an outdoor hot tub to dining on Italian-accented dishes—dukkah-crusted Te Mana lamb rack; crayfish ravioli—in the high-ceilinged Great Hall, which comes complete with a bluestone fireplace and a wine list featuring some of New Zealand’s best labels. The wood-paneled suites are designed for lazing and gazing, with cozy throws, timber floors, rain showers, and bathtubs with a view. Before turning in, venture outside to admire the star-filled sky: with virtually zero light pollution out here, the nighttime firmamentisas dazzling as the setting is by day.
—64-3/976-1589;; doubles from US$1,270, including breakfast and dinner

See the full 2019 Luxe List in the October/November 2019 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2019: The Lindis, New Zealand”).

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