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Published March 2nd 2017
Romance and Relaxation
Queenstown is known for its adrenaline-filled activities but did you know this spectacular city has a softer side for those wishing to indulge in some relaxation time? We didn't, but when we stumbled across Onsen Hot Pools on our recent tour of the South Island, we were pretty happy to be enlightened.
After learning about this wonderful experience, we decided to book straight away, which was a good idea, because upon arrival I overheard the lovely host explain to (a very disappointed caller) that they were booked solid for the next four days. After relishing in our smart decision to book a few weeks before, we sat up on the deck waiting for our pool to be readied, looking out at the spectacular view of towering mountains and the winding Shotover River. We also organised for an Indulgence Pack to be delivered to our pool, which for $25, got us an aromatherapy oil burner, ice creams, bottled water and a couple glasses of wine. There are a number of other packages you can add to your spa date if you so choose.
Check out the waterfall designed to cool down the pool.
When we were called to the room, we were literally blown away. This large room, had a shower in one corner, a hidden cupboard to hide your junk and a beautiful wooden platform all round the circular pool upon which our ice cream and wine sat. The host showed us how to turn the pool jets on and off and also how to cool the pool down with our own personal waterfall! Finally, she showed us how to operate the mechanical clear ceiling and wall, before leaving us in peace.
We kind of stood a bit stunned for a while; in shock that this beautiful room was ours for the next hour. We slid into the 37-degree water and paused to take in the view. We originally thought our outlook was pretty good up on the waiting deck, but it is instantly improved upon when you are viewing it from your own private hot tub. I can only imagine what it would be like in winter with snow dappling the mountains.
Finally, the Shotover River looks spectacular down below.