Why stay here?
The celebrities’ choice when visiting Auckland, the two-storey Penthouse Suite is pretty hard to beat. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout overlook the harbour and city, and a stay here includes butler service, a stocked fridge, VIP transfers with a discreet entrance, and a large kitchen for your private chef. The open-plan suite is decorated with artwork by New Zealand artists (that can be swapped out depending on your preference), and has two large master bedrooms and an attached apartment perfect for a nanny, security or other staff.
Rise and shine breakfast time
If you have decided not to have breakfast in your suite, head down to the main level and enjoy selections from several buffet stations. My favourite was the “fit” section, which offered healthy choices such as green smoothies, goji berries, muesli, salmon, nuts and seeds, and juice shots.
What’s for dinner?
Dining at Tapestry under chef Yannick Cayrol’s influence encompasses dishes with Spanish and Latin flavours made from New Zealand’s finest produce. The fish Kokoda with coconut, onion, chili and lime was an explosion of flavour and was perfect followed by the New Zealand Angus beef ribs in coconut stew, lime, chili, rice noodles and caramelised peanuts.
I’m always happy to see Sodashi products on the spa menu, and thoroughly enjoyed my pure radiance facial. The products are naturally sourced and chemical free, and the treatment included a lot of facial massage, which I loved.
Everything in the Penthouse Suite is worthy of a “wow”, but sitting outside on the balcony enjoying the views in the fresh New Zealand air was an unforgettable part of my stay.
I would like an upgrade
This is the highest category available at the hotel.
The Penthouse Suite is incredibly exclusive and is available by invitation only, so you will need pre-approval by the general manager. But hey, you are sleeping in the same bed that Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber have all slept in after all.