First look at Queenstown’s Kamana Lakehouse

The refurbished and rebranded new-look Kamana Lakehouse has opened on the site of the former Aspen Hotel in Fernhill, Queenstown.

The interiors of the 73 rooms feature contemporary design, plush furnishings and luxury amenities and were inspired by the Kamana bird and its habitat, a bird native to New Zealand’s south lakes region. The living-space received a lot of attention during the renovations, being transformed into a social space with lounge areas and fireplaces, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a wrap-around deck, the lake and mountains beyond.

Richard Crouch, the former general manager of the Aspen Hotel, is now working as the general manager at Kamana Lakehouse.

“The location here with panoramic views across Lake Wakatipu is spectacular, and our product is allowing guests to engage with that in a real way. These views are what attracted Alison Laity and her team at Colwall Property Investments in the first instance, inspiring them to create the Kamana Lakehouse,” said Richard Crouch, general manager, Kamana Lakehouse.

Mario Sandulescu has joined the team as hotel manager, bringing with him over ten years of experience at big name brands like The Ritz-Carlton and InterContinental in Europe, Singapore and the Americas.

“Mario joined us one year ago to develop the property repositioning path. Working with the team onsite and Colwall directors he was instrumental in creating the Kamana Lakehouse brand,” said Crouch.

As of now, only 16 rooms and exterior work is yet to be completed, with an overall deadline of January 2019.

The development is owned by Coherent Hotel Ltd and is part of the Colwall Property Investment Ltd. Group which owns other hotels in New Zealand such as the InterContinental Wellington