We’ve a penchant for audacious boutique hotels here at TLR, and this new luxury hotel opening in New Zealand is a beaut. With flamboyant interior design from Auckland-based firm Material Creative, the Naumi Studio Hotel in Wellington is simply one of the most joyously inspiring new openings we’ve seen in months.
It’s one of three new statement properties from Naumi Hotels, a Singapore-based private hospitality label. Joining the Naumi Studio is the Central and the Dairy Private Hotel, both located in Queenstown. Our travel wings may be clipped for now, but all three flights of fancy are something to savour.
Opened last November, the Naumi Studio occupies a landmark Edwardian-era building on Cuba Street, originally one of many People’s Palace hotels that were built by the Salvation Army in the early 20th century. Now extensively renovated, this 116 room property has been transformed for maximum sensory overload, with eclectic spaces inspired by seafaring and the literary world; it’s also a showcase for art by local and international artists.
Now extensively renovated, this 116 room property has been transformed for maximum sensory overload…
The Naumi Studio is a hotbed of art and design. The large scale floral backdrop in reception is created by Art Dep’t NZ. Completely covered in gold leaf, it features bespoke 3D flower lights by Angus Muir Lighting Design. Bespoke rugs, with a striking floral design, have been created by artist Karl Maughan.
The grand bar sits proudly in the heart of the hotel, where guests can enjoy award-winning New Zealand wines or a curated cocktail list. Adjacent is a lounge area, filled with books and curiosities, and the pastel green dreamscape of the Parlour. The Lola Rouge restaurant promises Pan Asian-inspired cuisine.
There are six bedroom types, ranging from studios to an extravagant Executive Suite. Influenced by the ‘English Print House’ style, it’s packed with botanical references and contemporary furniture.
Bespoke bedhead textiles and Art Dep’t NZ 3D ‘Squiggle’ artworks adorn the walls, with pops of bold colour and floral accents. High ceilings and decorative windows accentuate the heritage-chic experience. Nightly rates start from NZ$300 (approx £155).
The other two boutique design-led properties are the Central by Naumi Hotels and the Dairy Private Hotel by Naumi, both in Queenstown.
The hotels are currently courting New Zealanders to escapist staycation breaks, while international borders remain closed.
The Central boasts ‘a creative, cool vibe with a bold design inspired by magic, nature and vivid colour.’ Once again, disproportionate sensory details in the public areas are used to create a sense of excitement. Complimentary New Zealand wines are served every evening between 5-6pm, with complimentary snacks and soft drinks throughout the day.
Three bedroom types, Habitat, Oasis and the Junior Suite, all feature specially commissioned headboards by local artist Deborah Moss. Habitat rooms have an earthy hue and private courtyard, whilst Oasis rooms are amongst the largest in Queenstown, and enjoy a private balcony. Nightly rates start from NZ$380 (approx £198).
Somewhere between a lodge and a hotel, the 14-room Dairy Private Hotel by Naumi, began life as Queenstown’s original ‘dairy’ corner store in the 1920s and has a prime position, with a backdrop of picturesque views of the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.
Outside, a fire pit and outdoor jacuzzi can be booked for private use, so don’t forget your togs.
The design features wallpapers from luxury British interiors brand House of Hackney who take inspiration from the British print houses and combine it with a modern twist. The wallpapers are used on the bedroom ceilings to dramatic effect. Nightly rates at The Dairy Private Hotel by Naumi start from NZ$400 (approx £208).
“We say to expect the unexpected with all of our hotel designs and this most definitely applies to our three new openings in Queenstown and Wellington,” says Gaurang Jhunjhnuwala, CEO of Naumi Australia and New Zealand. “We’ve taken three very different buildings and crafted a completely new hospitality offering for both iconic cities. Each property has its own story and its distinct vibe, with Naumi’s signature playful approach woven throughout.”