New Zealanders and travellers alike have been given one more reason to visit Marlborough, thanks to the New York Times #1 Bestseller, 1000 Places to See Before You Die.
Written by American travel journalist Patricia Schultz, the book features places, attractions and activities from all over the world. First published in 2003, it's a popular reference book for those looking to fulfill their own 'bucket list'.
But New Zealander's will be proud to know that the whale watching, beaches, tramping the Queen Charlotte Track and accommodation in Marlborough were all included in the travel book.
Out of the 16 New Zealand hotels, resorts, eco-lodges and inns to feature in the book, three of them were based in Marlborough - including our very own Hotel d'Urville.
Built in the art deco style in the 1920s, Hotel d'Urville features a beautiful columned façades, a grand staircase, high ceilings and a luxurious décor, making it unique from the other hotels in the region and throughout New Zealand.
Our restaurant, recently named as the Best Restaurant in Marlborough by Wild Tomatoes magazine, is also known for its exceptional service and fine dining menu featuring local specialties such as New Zealand venison, duck, lamb, seafood, and Marlborough wines.
We believe that our hotel is made all the more special by its location. The Marlborough region has long been heralded as a top New Zealand destination - famous for its untouched landscape, local wine and cuisine, as well as water activities like swimming with dolphins and whale watching.
We were also pleased to see other New Zealand destinations and activities included in the book, such as the Art Deco festival in Napier, and the Fiordland National Park - just two of the many beautiful destinations our country has to offer.
The team at Hotel d'Urville is proud to have been acknowledged by the book and hope that it will encourage travellers from both New Zealand and overseas to visit Hotel d'Urville and experience everything this beautiful region has to offer.