Whilst we’re still uncertain whether international borders will have opened for travel by September, we can always dream.

Park Hyatt brings its top-of-the-line luxury brand (geared toward ‘residential-style luxury’) to the City of Sails.

The sprawling waterfront property promises four F&B venues, panoramic views over Auckland’s iconic Waitematā Harbour, and interiors inspired by the traditional Maori household.

New Zealand’s early and relatively consistent successes in managing CoViD-19 mean that several of the country’s domestic industries have been able to function over these last few months, up to a point, as normal. In the hotel space, Park Hyatt has even managed to affix an opening date for its first ever property in New Zealand — scheduled to open to the public on 15 September. Colour us impressed.

Boasting panoramic views of Waitematā Harbour, the seven-storey bolthole is poised to become Auckland’s most stylish luxury hotel yet, and to set a new standard in the New Zealand hospitality industry. The property takes the quintessential Park Hyatt experience — centring on personalised service in a relaxing residential setting — and grounds that in New Zealand’s rich Maori heritage.

Interiors at Park Hyatt Auckland adhere to the concept of the wharenui — a low-slung, open-plan dwelling that reflects the community spirit of Maori culture. The hotel’s 195 guestrooms have been envisioned by London-based Conran & Partners (the same firm behind Hong Kong’s Hotel Icon), all featuring heritage details like custom-made tukutuku screens, traditional Maori artwork and textiles made from local wool.

Unusually for Auckland, all rooms are designed with a separate shower and deep-soaking area — and in line with Park Hyatt’s global commitment to sustainable practices, are stocked with plant-based toiletries from Le Labo.

Moving beyond the impressive building specs, Park Hyatt Auckland will launch this spring with a lineup of four restaurants and bars that take advantage of the hotel’s stellar, waterfront locale. Onemata, the hotel’s ‘hero’ venue, flies the flag for seasonal, contemporary fare — drawing on artisanal producers from up and down the country’s length. Other venues include an all-day dining venue; a snacking-focused ‘grab and go’; and an in-house cocktail bar with “an extensive list of fortified spirits.”

To learn more about Grand Hyatt Auckland and learn more about the hotel’s grand opening promotions, visit Hyatt online.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong.

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