The units at Benbrae were very spacious and clean and tidy. The kitchen was well appointed and the hosts were happy to provide anything additional that we needed for the kitchen.
Overall, the beds were very comfortable and we all got a great nights sleep. I was impressed with the extra skiing facilities like heated towel rails in the laundry to get all the ski gear dry.
The room we were given was warm and comfortable. This was due to the panel heaters in the bedrooms and gas heating (heater and fire) in the lounge. There was a notice coolness at floor level (ie if you left any clothes on the floor, they were very cold to pick up the next morning).
The hosts were very helpful and gave good advice on skiing etc.
Outside the room, the pool area was very nice but not set up for winter. A dip in the spa after skiing would have been nice but there were no open facilities down by the spa pool. So to use it you would had to run back to your unit in the swimmers in 2 degree temperatures! The resort needs better facilities down in the pool area.
I was also really disappointed by the TV. It was an old 29" with very poor sky reception. Watching the Olympics was interested as it was that fuzzy, you could not see the hockey ball. For a high end resort, there is no excuse for not having satelitte Sky these days.
But overall, we would definitely stay at Benbrae again if skiing at Cardrona (if not skiing Cardrona, it was quite a drive from Wanaka).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Benbrae Resort is centrally located between Wanaka and Queenstown. Benbrae is the ideal location to experience the many outdoor adventures with tramping, fishing, wineries, international ski fields, mountain bike trails, with a great choice of international golf courses in the region and so much more. As a high-quality regional themed resort, Benbrae will attract guests based on outstanding service, a sense of fun and adventure complemented by stylish and contemporary accommodation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Hotel Wanaka