Two New Zealand properties have been recognised in a list of the world’s best new hotels .  Conde Nast Traveler magazine has released its 2012 Hot List, which features 121 hotels across 49 different countries. The luxurious Bishop’s Suites in Nelson impressed the magazine’s anonymous travel reviewers enough to make the cut.


Conde Nast Traveler says: “This gracious, secluded home feels like a country retreat, and being greeted like long-lost friends is just the beginning.

Built in 1875 for the first Bishop of Nelson, the homestead and grounds have been restored and transformed into luxury accommodation with an elegant classical ambience. The Bishopdale Estate is set among 20 acres of park-like gardens including a large swimming pool and just on the fringe of Nelson city.

 Luxury stand-alone apartments – spacious warm and inviting, each with a style of its own. Rich fabrics and elegant furniture. King size beds draped with Irish linen, gas fires, complimentary wireless internet.

Thoughtful touches – soft bathrobes, L’Occitane toiletries, scented candles, fresh fruit, handmade chocolates and home-baked shortbread, and your mini bar offers complimentary wines, beverages and port.

Rates start from $1380 + GST and include 5-course degustation dinner accompanied by house wines, served in the Homestead, the library or drawing room. Or, on a warm summers evening dine poolside. Wake to a gourmet breakfast and check out when you wish – your welcoming hosts Peter and Mary will fit in with your plans.


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