Located just three kilometres from the Auckland International Airport, and an 18-minute drive from the central business district lies Naumi Auckland Airport Hotel.
Housed in the old facility for the Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland Airport, renovations began for the hotel in January 2017 and wrapped up in March this year.
November through to March, in particular, are expected to be the busiest months of the year, when visitors from around the world can appreciate New Zealand’s warmer weather.
Naumi goes out of its way to ensure guests are having the best experience possible. Beginning with a complimentary airport shuffle, guests are presented with an aloe vera shot on arrival and personally escorted to their rooms. Once inside their residences, guests can enjoy Netflix and other streaming services through 50-inch Panasonic Smart TVs. The hotel has an impressive technology set-up, with inbuilt USB bedside sockets, universal adapters, mood lighting and unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi. The rooms are also kitted out with luxurious bathrooms and extensive guest facilities.
Paying homage to New Zealand’s native Tui bird, Naumi Auckland Airport was carefully designed to exude contemporary yet bold accents. Inspired by the visual features of the bird, the hotel offers a sensory experience to guests through nature’s colour palette and visual installations.
The hotels’ design was covered by CBC Contractors, Material Creative handling the interior design, and David Muir as the architect.
Material Creative handled the interior designs for the building. Despite their experience designing in the retail and hospitality, this was Material Creative’s first time working on a hotel project.
“We’re looking for something fresh and different, and we decided on Material Creative after hearing their creative pitch,” said Gaurang Jhunjhnuwala, CEO of Naumi Hotels Australia and New Zealand.
Designer-inspired rooms are a hallmark of Naumi hotels. Naumi Auckland Airport features two designer rooms, Dottie and Ziggy.
“Dottie takes inspiration from famed Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama, known for her lustrous, riotous art and clever use of repetition and polka dots, while the eclectic and vibrant Ziggy takes inspiration from fashion icon Missoni and its signature quilted knits in a warm kaleidoscope of colour and pattern.”
Both rooms are fitted with a luxurious super king, including five-layer bedding and 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. With a fully furnished large living rooms, king bedroom ensuites, bar counters, and private balcony, the designer rooms are both generously kitted out; each with their own unique appeal.
In the Dottie room you can find a cosy living room with carefully curated art pieces by Yayoi, creating a calm living space with a chic, psychedelic aesthetic. Featuring a five-person yellow and block dotted bar to match its surroundings, the Dottie Suite is for true connoisseurs of art and design.
Dottie’s bathroom is also fit for royalty, with a grand free-standing bathtub, a soothing Grohe rainshower, and a double vanity.
Ziggy is a colourful and lively spacious 65sqm room, a bright multi-hued space, perfect for people wanting a peppy uplift to their everyday mood. Giving guests the ultimate combination of luxury and style, the suite is decorated with Kartell Stools, Jardan Sofas, customised rugs and a collection of original vintage artwork. Radiating with psychedelic vibes, a private neon-lit bar, a foosball table, and quirky contemporary art pieces; the Ziggy room is the perfect place to chill out.
Both designer rooms boast high definition 4k Apple TVs, as well as Vittoria coffee, T2 tea, premium bath amenities from SOAK and more, on the house with every booking.
On-site restaurant offerings include Paksa Bar & Restaurant. Translating to ‘wing of a bird’ in Sanskrit, Paksa is the heart and soul of the hotel. The kitchen is led by executive chef Miguel Adriano and offers a delectable spread of Asian-inspired dishes and classics with a focus on health and well-being.
“With plastic pollution fast becoming a global issue, Naumi Hotel Auckland Airport has made a permanent switch to using only biodegradable paper straws in our bar and restaurant.”
Furthermore, the heated pool is designed and integrated with solar water heating panels, which reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Part of the Hind Group, Naumi Hotels was founded by Surya Jhunjhnuwala, and to this day remains a family business. The brand is synonymous with luxury and prime locales. The group’s vision is to engage curious travellers in a warm sanctuary, comforting them with stylish design that showcases the architecture and design philosophies of city hotels. The first Naumi Hotel location was in Singapore, and now under the leadership of Gaurang Jhunjhnuwala, the brand is expanding throughout Australasia.
The Naumi Auckland Airport team currently consists of 118 staff and is still growing. In the future, Naumi Auckland Airport Hotel has plans to become the world’s top airport hotel.
Naumi have three new properties coming soon, two in Wellington and one in Sydney that will open in 2019. Over the next two to three years it is also looking to expand further in Queenstown, Wellington, Christchurch, Melbourne and Brisbane.