Best of the Best 2012: Resorts: Minaret Station

  • Alexander Kulish

Based strictly on accessibility, Minaret Station (+64.275.8898.65, www.minaretstation.com) is arguably the most exclusive resort in the world. Visitors fly in to this stunningly beautiful 65,000-acre property in New Zealand’s Southern Alps via helicopter from Wanaka, soaring over snowy ranges and blue glaciers. The camp, which opened to outsiders for the first time in February 2011, is set deep within this wilderness, with no roads and no access to public electricity or plumbing. Yet Minaret Station still manages to provide such comforts and conveniences as Wi-Fi, lighting, heating, plush beds, gourmet meals, proper toilets, and pure water fresh from the surrounding Minaret Mountains. (The water also provides electricity via a private water-powered plant.) The four canvas accommodations host a maximum of eight guests, who enjoy wildlife safaris, fjord tours by helicopter, and access to first-class hunting grounds and fly-fishing waters. ($2,875, all-inclusive)

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