A Most Serene Collection05/11/2018
Brook Serene is a boutique hotel management group that is passionate about what their brand stands for and proud of the hotels they manage or own. Brook Serene curates with care and is focused on excellence when providing each guest with a unique experience that is much more than a hotel stay. Brook Serene’s hotels are The George and Hotel Montreal in Christchurch, Hulbert House in Queenstown, The Regent of Rotorua in Rotorua and the Henley Hotel in Cambridge.
Henley Hotel, Cambridge
The long tree-lined drive offers a glimpse of the property and prepares you for the elegance and splendour of what is to come. Welcome to the Henley Hotel in Cambridge.
The Henley Hotel is the newest property in the Brook Serene luxury boutique hotel group and joins The George, Hulbert House, Hotel Montreal and Regent of Rotorua in an award-winning stable of small and bespoke places to enjoy remarkable experiences.
The entrance to the Henley Hotel is memorable in many ways. From the sweeping staircase perfect for any bride, to ‘Henley’ who seems to offer his own equine welcome to reflect the heritage of the area.
With the colours that comfort and textures that amaze all at the same time, this hotel provides many scenes that will continue to surprise and delight during your entire stay.
While your personalised check-in occurs, you are able to take advantage of the many options on offer from the helicopter ride to take you on a scenic journey from the front yard to the chance to paddle on Lake Karapiro, visit the famed AvantiDrone or have Chef prepare a picnic and use one of the hotel’s bicycles on the flat cycle path just outside the gate. You may prefer a nearby adventure to explore the caverns and glow worms at Waitomo Caves, become filled with joy at Hobbiton or wander around the thermal wonderland that is Rotorua.
Your idea of heaven may be just to stay in one of the 14 individually hand-crafted rooms or suites and not leave the property. To fully appreciate the design details in each corner, it pays to walk around the hotel and its 29 acres of park land settings.
Inside you are spoiled for choice with full use of the heated indoor pool, yoga room, day spa, cinema, living room or bar. Or walk around the lake, go inside the small chapel or simply sit under a tree to read a book or listen to the myriad birds flitting around the mature trees.
Fancy afternoon tea in the rotunda? You have several places to choose to dine outside in the lovely garden settings and Chef will prepare local delicacies with care.
When you are ready for a nap if on holiday, or sleep after a long day at work, you will feel the relaxation ease from knowing you are in a very comfortable bed. The comfort continues and the care for each guest is shown through each and every interaction with staff. The local and extremely helpful staff who manage the Henley are happy to offer suggestions on the local fare or best golf courses to where to shop for a specific item or where to explore to learn about the environment.
Whatever your fancy at whatever time of day, your stay at the Henley Hotel will be magical and memorable and you will want to return.
Hotel Montreal, Christchurch
Some say that simplicity is the highest form of elegance and this will be experienced with the effortless melding of contemporary art with a touch of European flair that creates this luxurious and plush setting to stay at Hotel Montreal in Christchurch.
Hotel Montreal provides an oasis for a relaxed stay while it is literally a hive of seamless activity with staff happily greeting and easily guiding guests, to the bees making honey on the roof. The honey created on site offers the sweetness for a selection of cocktails, with small jars being offered as very special treats to VIP guests.
The rooftop vegetable garden that sits alongside the beehives provides some of the goodness that Chef uses every day in the fine food you will enjoy from The Polo Bar and Restaurant which is renowned for its delicious Argentine inspired sharing plates with locally sourced produce and meats.
The Polo Bar offers the perfect place to sit and sip next to the cosy indoor fireplace, or in the outdoor courtyard by the wood fire pizza oven to dine al fresco and enjoy one of the signature dishes including Rotisserie Lecon de leche Empanadas.
If you are dining with friends or family, the tapas and sharing plates on offer will please even the toughest food critic with a selection of vegetables, salads, patatas bravas and meats to enjoy with an authentic Argentinian-style dining experience.
When you have a significant birthday, anniversary or simply wish to have a memorable date night an Indulgent Package with a stay in a junior suite is the perfect option that includes a three course dinner and full breakfast the next day for two in Polo Bar and Restaurant.
Your suite provides the comfort and modern amenities you may not expect from high thread count luxurious linen to an iPad with space to relax.
Hotel Montreal is a five-star small luxury boutique hotel with 26 quiet and spacious rooms with private balconies. Every room, suite and the penthouse features a fine curation of colours that complement the details you will enjoy. From the most comfortable beds to luxury amenities, modern technology and the daily newspaper delivered to your door, a sense of calm knowing you are surrounded by plush settings makes you want to stay as long as possible.
Whether you are travelling on business or pleasure, Hotel Montreal is just a short stroll from Hagley Park, the Christchurch Museum, Isaac Theatre Royal and Victoria Street and an easy walk to the CBD. Hotel Montreal is the perfect place for a staycation, indulgence, business meeting or part of your global itinerary.
The George, Christchurch
When you recall one of your fondest memories, it just may be at The George. The George exemplifies luxury and care at the highest levels. As the only boutique hotel in Christchurch with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio, you will receive the attention and impeccable service you expect in a hotel that cares about the planet, its staff and every guest. It is the attention to detail and utmost comfort in an environment that is curated with a careful eye that makes guests feel special.
It is also the philosophy of caring luxury that shines through. Caring luxury is about looking after each other and by buying locally and sustainably. It is in the care of choices to recycle everything from aluminium to glass, removing plastics and offering e-bikes and electric car charging stations. It is in providing the staff two days paid leave each year so that they can give their time to a community project they are passionate about.
Caring luxury is also about supporting the arts and creating environments for guests that suit occasions. The lobby features a wall of Ralph Hotere paintings where you may choose to relax or read a book, or you may sit next to an Opera star or artist in one of the two in-house award-winning restaurants.
Fine food that is not too fussy yet presents as a work of art is a focus. 50 Bistro and Pescatore have consistently won a variety of prestigious national and international food and wine awards for more than ten years.
With an effort on knowing the growers who provide the fresh local produce and meats to only buying line-caught fish from sustainable fisheries that is ikejime culled and only using shellfish and crustacean that are harvested by hand. Whatever your palate prefers, Chef and the kitchen team will happily provide a memorable meal.
The George offers a private villa aptly titled The Residence. Built in the 1950’s and lovingly restored to offer privacy with full hotel services.
Three bedrooms featuring king sized beds, luxury furniture and fittings.
Hulbert House, Queenstown
Hulbert House, in the heart of Queenstown is a beautifully restored Victorian villa with 6 luxury suites each handcrafted and individually decorated with care. Each suite features a stunning view of Lake Wakatipu, the iconic mountain landscape or the historic on-site gardens.
Hulbert House has all the modern conveniences that you would expect in a Brook Serene luxury property, yet is steeped with history as one of the original homesteads built in 1888. It feels like home with the added benefits of the most scrumptious breakfast, tasty treats during the day and pre-dinner canapes with drinks as part of your stay.
With personalised check-in, your chance to experience Queenstown and all the area has to offer will be easily managed by the passionate, professional and expert staff who will book the best restaurants or organise any of the myriad adventures from the helicopter to take you skiing, bungee jumping or jet boating to the new zip line or a cruise on Milford Sound.
With the opportunity to book the entire property for a family celebration or business meeting, to simply reserving one of the beautiful suites for any occasion, Hulbert House staff will make sure that your stay is managed with care. So focused on service, the staff are on hand to offer guidance and advice on what’s new in Queenstown to recommending a book while you relax in the garden.
And relax you will! While Hulbert House staff have already anticipated your requirements from free Wi-Fi to the sumptuous Nellie Teir amenities and the heavenly amount of pillows on plush bedding with duvets covered in white damask, you will find one item missing in your room…a television.
Your hosts are expecting you to enjoy a stroll around the property, a walk into town or maybe experience any one of the plethora of vineyards to visit or adventures to have. You may simply decide to remain in and around Hulbert House to rest and relax in the superb setting that has spaces and places to be. The Palm Lounge, where breakfast and canapes are served, feature New Zealand handmade tiles. The outdoor area has several lovely spots to sit to enjoy the views or rest under one of the mature trees. In the gardens, you will see herbs and other goodness used for breakfast and canapes. From the house made plum preserves to the mint used as garnish, the nourishing food you will enjoy is guaranteed to be local, fresh and tasty.
Each of the six suites have been named after someone with significance to the property. What wonderful stories unfold as you learn upon check-in that your suite was named for the original owner. Hulbert House provides caring luxury for each and every guest and that means the staff will provide the best possible service with warmth and genuine care for the person receiving it.
Regent of Rotorua
When travelling to Rotorua, a stay at the Regent of Rotorua is a must experience. With its on trend stylish design, award-winning restaurant, amazingly helpful and respectful staff and the perfect location to walk or bike to landmarks, the Regent of Rotorua is the perfect place to stay.
If you have a meeting in Rotorua, the destination is most likely within walking distance. If you are travelling for business, the quiet, comfortable and spacious rooms are key to your success. If a family holiday is on the cards during the school break, you can check-in then walk to the lake, thermal parks and spas. And, if you are travelling from overseas and wish to experience some of the unique history, cultural experiences, authentic indigenous food or diverse topography, the Regent of Rotorua has you covered.
The welcoming and helpful staff will guide you towards the onsite geothermal heated outdoor pool, or one of the famous nearby spas that utilise the steam from the ground to heat the pools. Rotorua’s attractions feature outdoor excursions from the redwood forest for walking, biking or zip lining through the canopy of tall trees, to the natural wonders of the blue and green lakes right next to each other, and to Lake Tarawera where the legendary pink terraces lie hidden.
Rotorua is also famous for its focus on indigenous culture, history, arts and food. The local Māori have many tours and activities to choose from that you can easily book with the Regent of Rotorua staff. Mitai Māori Village offers an indigenous cultural experience with a traditional hangi meal and a cultural performance near a sacred freshwater spring. Te Puia features 60 hectacres of geothermal wonder with geysers, boiling mud polls and native bush where you will also see traditional Māori carving. Tamaki Māori Village offers an experience of ceremonial ritual, performance, storytelling and re-enactment with a traditional hangi.
Whatever your reason to visit Rotorua, the Regent of Rotorua offers you a home away from home with comfort, amenities, attractive design and ease. Comfort comes in many shapes and forms with the bedding that is blissful. Amenities include a Citta designed bathrobe, 32” LCD with Sky TV, and monsoon rain shower. The attractive design is eclectic with a resort feel that is a sanctuary from the city. And, the ease you will experience comes from the friendly staff who will provide the help and guidance you expect from booking a dinner reservation in the award-winning in-house restaurant to finding the best place to see a kiwi, purchase fine New Zealand art or have an authentic indigenous experience.
Escape the ordinary at The Regent of Rotorua and experience glamour and style in an urban oasis.