Wellness and Rejuvenation
Step away from the hectic pace of life and take time to revive your body, mind and spirit.
We created Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat to be a place of beauty, peace, privacy and rest. The clear, starry skies, ancient glacial landscapes, fresh mountain air and vast open spaces of the Aoraki Mount Cook region inspired our wellness philosophy: Celebrate the power of optimism, make time for reflection and cultivate an active, engaged perspective on life.
Our wellness menu draws inspiration from our indigenous land and culture. Our treatments are based on holistic therapies connecting our guests to their Wairua (spirit) and to our natural environment, encouraging a sense of Hauora (wellbeing).
Guests of the Retreat can enjoy a variety of wellness therapies and activities during their stay. From a relaxing massage in your private luxury villa, to a quiet and reflective walk through the trees – allow the beauty and peace of this special place to revive your whole being.
Fantail Spa at Ashley Mackenzie Villa
Guests staying at Ashley Mackenzie Villa have private and exclusive use of Fantail Spa. Named for small native birds, piwakawaka (or fantails) which frequent the area, Fantail Spa’s design captures a harmonious balance of energy and natural elements. Filled with light and open to lake and mountain views, the spa is inviting, warm and welcoming, and includes a sauna, outdoor hot tub, exercise room and massage room.
In-Room Massage Treatments
Our in-room massage treatments offer total relaxation in the privacy of your luxury villa. Like our other wellness offerings, our massage menu draws inspiration from our indigenous land and culture. These treatments are based on holistic therapies connecting our guests to their Wairua (spirit) and to our natural environment, encouraging a sense of Hauora (wellbeing).
Private Yoga Instruction
Our yoga instructor will guide you through private, tailored yoga sessions designed for your personal level of fitness and experience.
Spa Pools Filled with Artesian Water
Each villa at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat includes its own private spa pool, filled with water drawn from the Retreat’s artesian wells. This clear, pure water comes from the glaciers of Aoraki Mount Cook, not the lake, and is estimated to be 10,000 years old. The water is referred to as “The Tears of Aoraki.”
Tranquil Walks and Forest Bathing
Our estate features beautiful walking tracks, forested and with lake and mountain views. We’ve also created a special track to celebrate the Japanese practice of forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. This practice focuses on simply being in nature, connecting with it through all our senses and allowing it to help us to be centred and present.
Active Recreation on the Estate
Guests are invited to enjoy the Retreat’s private tennis court, with tennis racquets provided. We also offer petanque, croquet, and an outdoor curling rink in winter.
Mind, Body and Spirit
Wellness, rejuvenation and renewal inspires everything we do. Go beyond a refreshing yoga session or a relaxing massage. From our fine cuisine created from fresh local ingredients, to our private stargazing explorations of the universe, you’ll find infinite possibilities to revive your mind, body and spirit.
Your Body →
Your Spirit →
The Universe →
Your Body →
Your Spirit →
The Universe →
Our stay at the Retreat was memorable and the highlight of our 5-week trip to Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The views from our villa were breathtaking of the surrounding mountains and on the walks in the grounds there were beautiful vistas of Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook. The Retreat has everything, luxurious accommodation, beautifully designed and furnished interiors and your private hot tub for gazing at the stars. Kaye, Luke and all their staff were a delight, nothing was too much trouble. You can dine in the luxury of your own accommodation or enjoy dinner hosted and entertained with other guests in a baronial dining room. A choice of home grown food was available for breakfast and dinner – from the garden, with meat and fish sourced locally and cooked exquisitely by their chef. A hidden treat was the observatory Luke has built in the grounds with the opportunity to gaze at the the night sky totally unpolluted by electric light.
We regularly offer wellness events and wellness retreats lasting from one day to six nights. These retreats are an opportunity to step into a slower-paced world, to enjoy and experience life’s vitality and fullness. Give yourself the gift of time to be inspired, make memories and rejuvenate.