95/117 High St, Blenheim, 7201, New Zealand
Photo courtesy of Chateau Marlborough
Chateau MarlboroughThis chateau is one of only a few five-star accommodations in the Marlborough wine region, which reaches out from the top of New Zealand’s South Island like da Vinci fingers extending to the north. The hotel is conveniently situated next to a park in Blenheim, Marlborough’s most populous town, and its proximity to city and country makes it a popular stay for both business and leisure travelers. From the front, the property looks like a stone-and-wood country estate. But inside, the vibe is sleek and business-ready, dressed in black and white as well as creams and chocolate-brown. Understated yet comfortable, the hotel is focused on the environment—it recycles cooking oil for use in biofuels and even established a native plant nursery to care for local birds.