The Whistler, Queenstown offers apartment accommodation in an outdoor sportsperson’s paradise. Nestled between the Queenstown Hill Recreation Reserve and Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve, the complex is also conveniently located to amenities, including a short four-minute walk to the local supermarket for supplies.
For those who prefer to kick back and let others do the cooking on holidays, the nearest restaurant is only a four-minute flat walk away. Within a ten-minute walking time frame, the options multiply considerably, with more than 120 restaurants, bars and cafes to keep guest well-watered and fed for the duration of their stay.
Managers Najuib Hasan and Mel Ripin told AMG the apartment hotel has a modern concept design and a natural feel to blend with the alpine surroundings. With fresh clean décor, wall to ceiling windows, and a sundeck off each apartment, the crisp alpine setting is fluidly integrated with indoor spaces.
Najuib and Mel, who hail from the very different climes of Malaysia, are enjoying their new alpine home: “Although I had been coming here regularly, we finally decided to settle down here and take over the management of The Whistler, effective August 1, 2016.”
With a background ranging from advertising to hotel management, to construction and hospital supplies, as well as hotel management, Najuib brings a wealth of diverse experience to Queenstown.
“Up to date, everything is running well and we are keeping the guests happy during the cold nights,” Najuib reported.
“Being from the other side of the world and rather new here, we are excited to pick up the culture and ‘language’ and apply our friendly approach to our guests to make them feel at home.
“After visiting numerous countries and living in four countries, we have decided that the best towns to live are Queenstown and Banff in Canada. Being closer to Malaysia, Queenstown is our first choice. So here we are and determined to do our best in Queenstown.”
What makes Najuib so excited about his role? Well, that is partly due to Queenstown itself: “I have been coming here regularly since the early 80s and seen how the town has grown from a sleepy quiet town where I can fish by the Wakatipu lake, into such a vibrant adventure capital which hardly sleeps.”
“So, I like to be around to witness how the town will keep on growing and be on the wish list of everyone in the world,” Najuib added.
The Whistler, Queenstown Apartments is an easy ten-minute walk from the steamer wharf where the famous Queenstown steamship TSS Earnslaw departs for various Walter Peak excursions.
Proximity to the ski fields means the resort attracts ski season guests after a warm place to rest that is conveniently located: “We are a ski resort come winter, as we attract mostly skiers and snowboarders, especially from Melbourne and Sydney. We even have a ‘ski room’ to store their gears. After all, the nearest ski field is only a 25-minute drive from The Whistler.”
“But come summer, we attract a lot of cyclists and trekkers, as they too have ample space to park their bicycles or store their luggage while they go trekking.”
For those with sore limbs, or less enthusiastic sportspeople who are more the ‘curl up with the book while you partner goes skiing’ types, they have entertainment covered. Each Whistler apartment is connected to 50 channels of Sky TV: “We managed to convince the unit owners to increase to 50 channels of Sky TV and finally connected in December 2016.”
All units are equipped with radios and DVD players, and hundreds of DVD area available free of charge at reception, however, with 50 channels now available through Sky TV, Najuib said “guests no longer need to take the DVDs that we have”.
For those who prefer to read or play board games, they are also available at reception, and guests often sit at their apartment’s sundeck balcony with a glass of wine or cup of tea to watch the paragliders do their stunts and land on the fields opposite The Whistler.
For those who like to stay connected, guest have access to free wifi in-room and in the reception area: “Upon arrival, you will be given a 1GB voucher, however if you run out, just collect another, free of charge.”
Service is paramount for Mel and Najuib: “Being small, we are able to provide the best personal touch and treat our guests to make them feel at home.”
The Whistler is a fully furnished self-contained holiday apartment complex with only 20 units of one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. The units are well-serviced, warm and comfortable, with something for every traveller from the most active to those who prefer to curl up with a glass of red and a movie, and watch paragliders sail past through the window.