Photo courtesy of Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Rising before one of the world’s most famous sailing sites—the host of the Louis Vuitton Regattas, the Volvo Round the World Race, and the Auckland International Boat Show—the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour blends French and South Pacific influences while respecting the maritime heritage of the area. Glass walls maximize views, both of the marina and its many yachts and of the reflective pools that create optical illusions in the hotel lobby. The color palette sets cherry and dark woods, jade greens, and slate grays against cream and white backdrops. Artwork—from ceremonial pieces to a Maori tribal sculpture in the atrium—as well as a greenstone massage at the spa pay homage to indigenous New Zealanders. References to Auckland’s volcanic origins also abound, most notably in the back-lit marble walls of Lava restaurant, which recall the fiery layers of Earth’s core. Several of the Sofitel balconies reveal the real thing: island cones across the harbor that mark a few bones in the planet’s tectonic spine.