"Mark of Superiority and Distinction"  Having traveled the North and South Islands, staying at several accommodations, none compared to our stay at Mt. Cook's Lakeside retreat!

Nestled on the clifftop overlooking the spectacular blue waters of Lake Pukaki towards Aoraki Mount Cook, the Ashley Mackenzie Villa is set in one of the world's most picturesque locations.  

Inspiring and romantic, the villa is a private space dedicated to your stay.  

It is a place to relax and rejuvenate.


Two large double bedrooms have been designed in the style of a european farmhouse with thick 600mm walls, high wood ceilings, Italian sandstone flooring, lead light windows and double glazing. Named The Mackenzie Room and The Ashley Room, they are located at opposite ends of the villa. 

Decorated in soft Tuscan white with neutral velvet and linens and good quality bedding. Restful and light filled, the bedrooms are romantically elegant. Lead light double glazed french doors and windows frame the magnificent views from these rooms. The french doors open out onto the patio and lawn and one of New Zealand's most iconic and panoramic views over Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook (Aoraki). The super king beds can be reconfigured into two king single beds for twin share.  

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Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom designed in Edwardian style with tiled walls and a tesselated French Winkelmann tile floor.  To add to the sense of elegance, the bathrooms are fitted out with exclusive Perrin and Rowe tapware produced by English craftsmen with a passion for authentic design, quality and durability.  You can bathe at leisure in the bath with hand shower with views to a private garden. Or revive under the rain and hand showers.

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A beautiful open plan drawing room connects The Mackenzie and Ashley bedrooms. Featuring a high ceiling, an open fireplace, polished wood dining table, deep comfortable leather furnishings and antique furniture. Original paintings and images by New Zealand artists decorate the walls. The french doors at one end open out to the lawn and deep angled windows light the room.

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When you stay at Ashley Mackenzie Villa, you will have private and exclusive use of Fantail Spa.  Named for the small native birds, piwakawaka (fantail) which frequent the area, Fantail Spa’s design captures a harmonious balance of energy and natural elements. Filled with light and open to the lake and mountain views, the spa design reflects the natural beauty of its surroundings.   Inviting, warm and welcoming, the spa includes a sauna, hot tub (outside bath), workout room and massage room.  In absolute privacy, you can choose to have a massage outside.  Our massage menu draws inspiration from our indigenous land and culture. Based on holistic therapies connecting our guests to their Wairua (spirit) and to our natural environment, encouraging a sense of Hauora (wellbeing).  

Massage is by appointment and subject to availability.

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Accommodation in a luxury 195 square meter Villa with Private Spa.

Lakeview over Lake Pukaki and Aoraki Mt Cook.

The Villa has two bedrooms, each with it's own large en suite bathroom and a central Drawing Room.

The Fantail Spa is your private spa and includes a workout room, massage room, sauna and outside hot tub/bath (perfect for soaking under the dark sky reserve)!

Natural wooden timbers on the ceiling, soft Italian sandstone flooring.

Well appointed furnishings create a luxurious space to retreat into.

Free access to the Retreat's private forest walkways and tennis court.

Bathroom amenities including hairdryer, spa / bathrobe and slippers.

A large open fire and central heating.


Luxury Accommodation 

Free and private use of the Fantail Spa.

Complimentary bottle of New Zealand Wine on arrival (selected from our wine cellar).

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Platter (replenished daily).

Gourmet breakfast provisions (replenished daily) home-grown and local produce is provided.

3 Course Meal each day including Nibbles Platter prepared by Chef  and brought to your Villa for private dining.

Free Wireless Internet Access.

Free use of the tennis court, petanque, croquet, and curling rink (in winter)

Bathroom Amenities and Pamper pack.

Cycle trail bicycles (by arrangement).

Tea and coffee making facilities.

Free onsite parking.

Daily Servicing of Villa.


Onsite observatory and wine cellar experience.

Onsite wellness and massage treatments are available by arrangement and are subject to availability.

Private Chef service.

Laundry service.

Local tours and packages.

Absolutely perfect! From the moment I booked the villa to the time we departed, everything was perfect. Kaye made recommendations for tours and quickly accommodated us when our party grew from 2 to 4. The 2 bedrooms are both the same size size, so there is no fighting over who gets the bigger room! Food was abundant and absolutely fresh and delicious throughout the entire stay. We picked out our wine from the wine cellar upon arrival and, the next night, Luke brought up a variety of bottles for us to choose from for dinner that night. We had an absolutely clear sky for star gazing in the observatory, and saw some brilliant stars, along with Saturn. Anna made sure that we had every supplement we needed, including picnic lunch and massages in the private spa. Also, the fireplace was set up to ensure that even fire dummies could get a flame going. We were in absolute heaven, and can honestly say this was the best part of our trip!' - Katie S