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Media Release | 23 May 2012

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Media Release
23rd May 2012


The award winning Rees Hotel in Queenstown has added an indulgent plush Pillow Menu for the discerning business traveller and luxury holiday-seeker in all Executive Lake View hotel rooms and apartments at the luxurious lakefront property.

Whether guests are chronic “toss and turners” or loud snorers, suffer from fatigue due to jet lag, have poor quality sleep because of asthma or perhaps need that little bit of extra comforting support; now they can order their perfect pillow for a deep, restful and relaxing sleep when away from home.

The Rees’ a la cart menu offers six choices like the plump ‘passion pillows’ infused with uplifting essential oils like tangerine and ylang ylang to ease anxiety and stress.

Or there’s the soothing soft bundles of local lambswool in the ‘luxurious lavender’ option that’s guaranteed to ease tension and ensure a deeper sleep.

Asthmatics and those with allergies are also catered for with the 100% premium New Zealand lambswool pillows that are resilient to compression and offer a natural softness and support.

Even guests who suffer from snoring and sleep apnea can select the ‘sonar’ that promotes proper alignment to increase airways and aid breathing during the sleep cycle.

The ‘tri pillow’, an essential for new Mums is another staple on the menu and for those that choose the ‘firm complete sleeperrr,’ they can expect to nestle into a blissful 25% duck down inner that’s firm and supportive.

The Pillow Menu completes the growing list of ‘home away from home’ comforts offered by The Rees – special touches like; schist-clad gas fireplaces in every apartment; custom-made and specifically designed ‘Rees beds’ for superior comfort by Sleepyhead, New Zealand’s leading manufacturer of high quality beds and mattresses (in Super King or Twin King Single), and iPod docking stations.

“Guests ask on a surprisingly regular basis if they can buy replicas of our beds because never before have they experienced such a comfortable night’s sleep ­­­­– so we’re pretty confident the same will happen with the new Pillow Menu,” says The Rees Hotel Director of Sales and Marketing, Ms Nicky Gyles.

Pillow Menus are fast becoming de rigueur and the standard in luxury travel internationally, the Korean Times touts Pillow Menus as one of the must-have requirements for business travel and the infamous 12-plus Pillow Menu at The Benjamin, New York rates almost as highly as the Presidential Candidates, proved by its popular ‘Presidential Pillow Primary’ initiative, counting votes for Obama, Romney and Gingrich’s pillow namesakes.



The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments, Queenstown, New Zealand

The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments blends chic five star accommodation with all the comforts of home and the service and facilities of an elite international hotel.

Situated on the absolute lakefront, The Rees’ terraced construction delivers complete privacy and showcases panoramic views overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables Mountains in Queenstown, New Zealand.

It’s landmark restaurant is the True South Dining Room.


The Rees Hotel Pillow Menu:

Aromarest Passion Pillow
Infused with a dynamic blend of passion flower, rosemary, lavender, tangerine and ylang ylang. The Passion Pillow will assist with a sensual night’ sleep and help in banishing fatigue. Lie on this pillow and simply breathe.

Luxurious Lavender
Containing a lush yield of lavender to envelop, calm and soothe you to sleep. One of nature’s most seductive relaxants, Lavender is cherished for soothing the emotions and the spirit. A firmly established bedtime companion, the essence of lavender will alleviate anxiety, nightmares, insomnia, stress and headaches.

Sweet Dreams
Cradle your head on the cosy softness of this lamb’s wool pillow. Relax into comfort and enjoy a perfect night’s sleep.

Sonar Pillow
A more restful sleep. Unique design sculpted from a blog of “memory foam” makes this pillow superior in comfort and support, connecting neck posture for spinal alignment. Moulds to the shape of your neck and head for therapeutic rest.

Tri Pillow
U-shaped, it fits comfortably around the neck and shoulders for easy resting pleasure.

Firm Complete Sleeprrr
For those seeking firmer support, the Firm Complete Sleeprrr, with 25% duck down filling is the perfect choice for blissful supportive sleep.


For more information contact:

Sarah Sparks
Director markomPR
Ph: +64 (09) 575 0824
Mob: +64 (021) 318 813


Mountain Scene

Friday, May 18th, 2012

17 May 2012 | Mountain Scene covered True South Dining Room’s Executive Chef, Ben Batterbury and his involvement with the prestigious Noosa Food and Wine Festival 2012. To see the full article click here.

Otago Daily Times

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Friday 18th May | True South Dining Room’s Executive Chef, Ben Batterbury is the sole New Zealand representative at the Noosa Food and Wine Festival 2012. Read the full Otago Daily Times online here.



The Courier Mail

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

9th May 2012 | Belinda Seeney of The Courier Mail has a Q&A with True South’s Executive Chef, Ben Batterbury about his involvement with the prestigious Noosa Food and Wine Festival 2012. Read the full article (including his recipe for Crisp taco of Blue River vintage feta and red pepper mousse, greek salad and Canterbury lamb) online at The Courier Mail here.

ME Magazine

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

May 2012 | The Rees Hotel rolled out their plush new Pillow Menu this month, with 6 different options to choose from, as covered by ME Magazine. To see the full article click here. To see the full Pillow Menu click here.

Cuisine Magazine

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

April 2011 | Cuisine was recently in the Queenstown area and stopped by True South Dining Room to give Executive Chef, Ben Batterbury’s notorious southern fare a try. Click the thumbnails below to read the glowing review in full.


TVNZ Good Morning

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

11 April 2012 | True South Dining Room’s award winning Chef, Ben Batterbury appeared on TVNZ Good Morning demonstrating a few of his own wonderful recipes and putting Southland produce on the map.

Click to see footage for: Crisp Lamb Tacos | Smoked Southland Venison | Frangelico Panna Cotta

For full recipes, see here.

NZ Beef and Lamb Ambassador

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Watch Ben Batterbury, award winning Executive Chef from True South Dining Room at The Rees Hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand. Take a journey to one of Queenstown’s hottest restaurants on Lake Wakatipu and see why this rising culinary star is cultivating such a following.

The calibre of Ben’s skill has not only meant he’s earnt an Excellence Award from Beef + Lamb New Zealand, he’s a 2012 Beef and Lamb Ambassador – a first for the tourism capital of Queenstown.

Credit: Produced by Destination Content with support from True South Dining Room at The Rees Hotel and Beef + Lamb New Zealand.


Central Magazine

Monday, February 27th, 2012

February 2012 | Our Executive Chef, Ben Batterbury of True South Dining Room spent the day with Paul Tudgay, writer for Central Magazine. They visited a few of Ben’s favourite local suppliers in the Central Otago region. Click thumbnails below to read the full article or see the online teaser here.

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KiaOra Magazine

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

February 2012 | Our Head Concierge, Steve Hanrahan was mentioned in KiaOra magazine | Travel News as he was recently presented with Les Clefs d’Or (the golden keys), the highest honour from the Prestigious Hotel Concierge Society Les Clefs d’Or New Zealand. To see the full article click here.

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