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Mountain Scene

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

2 August 2012 | True South Dining Room at The Rees Hotel was among a chosen few to receive a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence from US magazine Wine Spectator, as featured in Mountain Scene. Click here to read the full article online.

Otago Daily Times

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

25 July 2012 | Our flagship restaurant, True South Dining Room, has received a Wine Spectator award for excellence due to it’s extensive wine offering. Click here to read the full story in the Otago Daily Times.

Media Release | 24 July 2012

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Media Release
24th July 2012


True South Dining Room is one of only seven top tier New Zealand restaurants to be awarded the 2012 Award of Excellence by US wine and hospitality magazine, Wine Spectator.

The internationally acclaimed Wine Spectator’s annual Excellence Awards recognise a wine list of 100 or more quality wine selections that thematically match a restaurant’s cuisine.

True South Dining Room has an exclusive library of Bordeaux wines with vintages selected from all the great houses of Bordeaux.  Wines from world-renown chateaux such as Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Gruaud Larose, Malescot St Exupery and Lynch Bages nestle with the best wines of Central Otago and New Zealand in the professionally-managed, temperature-controlled wine cellar servicing the hotel and restaurant’s Bordeau Wine Lounge.

Candice Chow, The Rees Hotel and True South Dining Room Food & Beverage Operations Manager says it’s the restaurants ability to match exquisite wine with fresh local dishes in addition to an entire wine programme – which includes tastings, wine pairing and the True South Culinary Series – that sets the restaurant apart for this award.

A great supporter of local vineyards, True South hosts the Culinary Series in conjunction with prestigious New Zealand wineries throughout the year – John Buck of Te Mata Estate Winery will present the next event, September 12th.

True South Dining Room is the only New Zealand new entrant to pick up the international Wine Spectator accolade. The Rees CEO Mark Rose says it’s recognition of the effort they have put into building a world-class cellar while confirming their place as one of New Zealand’s elite dining experiences.

Wine Spectator is known as an industry bible so to have this tribute from such a widely-read and esteemed reviewer is huge kudos.”

It’s not the first time the Queenstown restaurant has received accolades for its fine dining and wine list.  The restaurant was named as a Premier Award winner in the inaugural Taste of New Zealand Awards (TONZA) programme last year and Head Chef Ben Batterbury was selected as an Ambassador Chef in the 2012 Beef & Lamb Excellence Awards – a first for the tourism capital of Queenstown.

All Wine Spectator award winners are featured in Wine Spectator’s August issue which hits newsstands on July 24.



The Rees Hotel & Luxury ApartmentsQueenstown, 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.

For more information contact:

Victoria Hawkins
Ph: (09) 575 0821
Mob: (021) 605 342

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

Fiordland Advocate

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

12 July 2012 | The Fiordland Advocate spoke with True South Dining Room‘s Executive Chef, Ben Batterbury about his cooking demonstration with Rural Women NZ in Winton, as part of his NZ Beef and Lamb Ambassador role.

Click here to see the full story.

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


Certificate of Excellence Winner

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The Rees Hotel is proud to announce that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“The Rees Hotel Queenstown is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said  Mark Rose, CEO . “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

Click here to view The Rees Hotel’s recent accolades.

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.