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Put the ‘festive’ back into Christmas & NY

Media Release from Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
22 November 2007

The five-star way to put the ‘festive’ back into Christmas and New Year

If a stress-free Christmas and an elegant New Year’s Eve sounds tempting, then look no further than Vie restaurant in Queenstown’s Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa.

Diners can enjoy a sumptuous six-course Christmas lunch or dinner in celebrated ‘Vie’ restaurant for just $135 per adult or $60 for children under 12.

A champagne cocktail and ‘amuse bouche’ tantalise the tastebuds on arrival, followed by a choice of three appetizers, including Chef’s special tempura salmon with Asian crab and fried noodle salad.

Roasted orange sherbet refreshes the palate before embarking on main course choices such as roasted turkey breast, local lamb loin accompanied by sage lemon gnocchi and porcini creme, or seared Marlborough salmon nestled on a bed of mussel risotto and shellfish bisque.

Finish off with traditional warm Christmas pudding (with a twist), or a baked citrus tart with white chocolate sorbet and raspberries. Coffee and sweet Christmas treats complete the symphony of flavours.

For guests looking for a more intimate atmosphere, Sofitel Queenstown has created a special $70 room service menu just for two. A selection of chef’s specialties is available to choose from on each platter including roast turkey breast with prosciutto and cranberry orange relish, Clevedon organic pacific oysters or poached Marlborough salmon with saffron aioli. A third platter is filled with sweet Christmas goodies.

On New Year’s Eve, Sofitel Queenstown is putting on a simply stunning eight-course Chef’s Tasting Menu. The menu features dishes such as local crayfish and venison, finishing with a surprise dessert simply called CITRUS. Other highlights include live music and dancing. The evening is priced at $200 per head, or $300 per head with wines matched from the hotel’s extensive cellar.

General Manager Mark Wilkinson says bookings are essential for Christmas Day and New Year event.

“Our Christmas and New Year events have proved to be hugely successful, selling out every year. On New Year’s Eve we have the perfect spot to go outside at midnight and watch the Queenstown Bay fireworks.”

Reservations can be made by calling (+64) 3 450 0045 or by email vie@sofitelqueenstown.com.

The five-star property is the perfect place to stay or visit for the festive season. It offers the finest of service in stunning surroundings, live entertainment, prime views of festive fireworks and unparalleled menus - not to mention the restorative powers of its luxurious new LeSpa.

Sofitel Queenstown features 70 opulent and stylish deluxe rooms, ten executive suites, two penthouse suites, and two levels of restaurants, bars and boutique retail, all in the finest location in the heart of Queenstown. Also housed in the multi-award-winning Sofitel building is LeSpa at Sofitel Queenstown, which features a full range of traditional and international signature treatments from a highly trained team.

SOFITEL: RE-INVENTING FRENCH ELEGANCE IN LUXURY HOTELS

Sofitel creates unique luxury hotels in the world’s most attractive destinations, by the artful blending of its French origins with the very best of local cultures. Sofitel forges a privileged bond between its staff of devoted service professionals and its cosmopolitan guests who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Sofitel offers the best of French elegance, from food and wine rituals to bedding, design and personal care products. Hotels where life can be savored, shared with others, lived in harmony with oneself; transforming every stay into a unique and unforgettable experience.

The Sofitel brand portfolio will offer clear and attractive options adapted to today’s more demanding and more versatile consumers.

• Sofitel Legend: a collection of legendary luxury properties, defining a renewed way of living heritage and palace hotels for inner luxury driven travelers.
• Sofitel: World-class hotels, with French elegance, blending relationships and pleasures for today’s discerning travelers in the upper-upscale segment.
• So by Sofitel: a new kind of boutique hotel, with style and soul, reconciling design and pleasure for trend conscious consumers.

Discover Sofitel’s new website www.sofitel.com with new reservation features

Accor, the European leader and a major global group in hotels, the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 170,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in its two core businesses:
Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, All Seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6 brands, representing more than 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenôtre.
Services, with 23 million people in nearly 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in human resources, marketing services and expense management.

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