A new boutique luxury accommodation has opened In Auckland – St Marys Residence is now open to host the discerning traveller, a residence created to personify the essence of exquisite hospitality and highly personalised service….
From the private roof terrace of St Marys Residence three distinctive features of Auckland stand out amid terrific 360-degree views. Billowing sails of yachts dance under the graceful arch of Auckland Harbour Bridge and Rangitoto’s volcanic cone rises on the Hauraki Gulf’s near horizon. To the right, meanwhile, the Sky Tower keeps watch over central Auckland, an area newly revitalised with restaurants, bars and cafés. It’s an iconic picture of a cosmopolitan South Pacific metropolis emerging as a true international city – and it’s a pleasure to enjoy it from the comfort of Auckland’s newest and most elegant private retreat. It’s also a short hop to the CBD, with its conference facilities, theatres and venues for concerts, international shows and major sports events.
Following careers working for leading hotel brands and successfully negotiating the corporate world in New Zealand and overseas, Michael Coutts and Manjit Kaur, the owners and hosts of St Marys Residence, have transformed a heritage home in the gracious city fringe neighbourhood of St Marys Bay into a sophisticated urban haven. After carefully researching Auckland’s highend accommodation scene and identifying key trends in the New Zealand tourism sector, they have launched their “home away from home” as a discreet, fully serviced, spacious (341 square metres) and secure alternative to a luxury hotel suite or penthouse apartment. Michael and Manjit desire was to create a unique urban escape showcasing Auckland’s natural, cultural and culinary highlights.
The results of their vision are stunning. Relaxing alfresco lounges, terraces and dining areas emphasise laidback luxury, simplicity and elegance, while the colour palette projects a warm and welcoming ambience. Interior design blends a chic European aesthetic with subtle Asian and Pasifika motifs throughout the three levels of the house, which is let on an exclusive basis. This single-party reservation policy ensures guests’ complete privacy during their stay, regardless of the number of suites booked.
The Pacific Ocean Master Suite opens onto private indoor/outdoor lounge areas. Complete with an outdoor gas fireplace, the roof terrace showcases those panoramic sea and city views. On the ground floor, the Courtyard Garden Suite flows through to a small, enclosed garden with a peaceful water feature. A third well-appointed suite provides additional accommodation for family and friends travelling together or for a corporate traveller’s support staff. The Den/Media Room is the ideal private retreat, meeting room or perhaps an interview room for visiting celebrities. The open-plan Great Room, with its impressive slate fireplace, is the Residence’s social hub for dining and entertaining.
French doors open to a Mediterranean inspired manicured garden that’s perfect for exclusive corporate events and product launches, intimate weddings or special family occasions. The Residence’s modern kitchen, under former Relais & Châteaux executive chef Lance Tripp, reflects the global culinary ethos of the well-travelled hosts, who count restaurants owned by Tetsuya Wakuda, Neil Perry and Heston Blumenthal among their favourites. “Our experiences in dining at some of the finest restaurants in the region have informed our approach to cuisine at the Residence,” says Michael. “We’re very keen to use New Zealand artisanal and organic produce, and to give our guests a strong sense of seasonality and local provenance.” Complimentary evening canapés on the roof terrace might combine a bold Kiwi craft beer or elegant New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with bite-sized whitebait fritters on delicate mini brioches. Manjit’s cosmopolitan Singaporean heritage could inspire grilled prawns imbued with subtle Indian spices, and afternoon tea might pair select teas from the Paris tea emporium of Mariage Frères with Michael’s “world famous in St Marys Bay” vanilla and prune tart. Breakfast is a wonderfully leisurely affair (although an “express” option is also available for guests in a hurry). Surprising dishes could include breakfast couscous combining pomegranate seeds with pistachios and cardamom-infused milk; an organic free-range omelette with shiitake mushrooms and robust local sausages; or Mt Alpine smoked salmon with avocado, caviar and quail egg. Artisan honey, slow-pressed juices, sustainable, preservative-free and flavour-packed ingredients always feature on the Residence’s seasonal menus.
Guests staying at St Marys Residence enjoy customised Auckland experiences through a personal concierge service. Michael and Manjit like to think of St Marys Residence as a relaxed haven from which guests can enjoy the best of New Zealand’s most exciting and cosmopolitan city. Article credit,WORLD magazine publisher.
Select NZ has exclusive rates for St Mary’s Residence and can manage all guests accommodation and ground arrangements.