Chillin' out in luxury

The funky neon glow of the Halo room at QT Queenstown. Photos: Vaughan Brookfield
The funky neon glow of the Halo room at QT Queenstown. Photos: Vaughan Brookfield
Ice cream is pretty great. So is a luxurious Queenstown getaway. Combine the two, and you’ve got a recipe for success. Daisy Hudson took one for the team and went to check out New Zealand’s first ice cream-themed hotel room.

A dairy-free caramel machiato shake.
A dairy-free caramel machiato shake.
You could be forgiven for thinking you had just walked into a scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

With ice cream and sprinkles motifs all around, the new Halo Top Creamery ice cream room at QT Hotel definitely looks like something Willy Wonka might have dreamed up.

The first thing that hits you when you walk into the 10th-floor room is the smell - a heady scent that immediately evokes candy floss and vanilla.

The second thing you notice is the pink.

A glowing pink neon sign, cheekily reading "I'm cold, let's spoon", is fixed to the wall above the bed, bathing the room in a funky, bright glow.

After the initial sensory overload, the small but sweet details start to become evident, from the melted ice cream decal on the bath to the specialised ice cream room service menu.

And, of course, the mini fridge stocked with all the free Halo ice cream you could possibly want.

The themed room is all part of a special, limited time promotion by Halo and QT Hotel.

The ice cream theme extends to the bathroom.
The ice cream theme extends to the bathroom.
Halo president Doug Bouton said the company could not wait to hear what Kiwi ice cream fans thought of the room.

"To make it easy on our fans, we're bringing Halo Top straight from the freezer to where we know they'll be this winter - the ski lodge."

From gold spoons to ice cream night lights, there were plenty og quirky details to check out.
From gold spoons to ice cream night lights, there were plenty og quirky details to check out.
With stunning views of Lake Wakatipu, plus all of the cute ice cream-themed swag, the room is an Instagram influencer's dream.

It is also heaven for those with a sweet tooth.

When you've got a fridge brimming with ice cream, it would be rude not to test out all the flavours - which is possibly why I found myself in an ice cream coma by the end of the night.

My favourite flavour was the chocolate cookie dough, although the moreish salted caramel was definitely a close second.

For those keen on the novelty aspect, the birthday cake flavour with its colourful sprinkles definitely delivers.

Luckily, Halo's ice cream contains just 280-360 calories per tub, which meant I felt a little less guilty for ordering the ice cream nachos (wafers, chocolate, ice cream, and strawberry) from the room service menu.

For those over 18, there is also a special Halo cocktail kit, which lets you make a delicious salted caramel drink.

That was the perfect way to wind down after work before eyeing up the bath tub.

Dairy-free chocolate chip cookie dough jar.
Dairy-free chocolate chip cookie dough jar.
A large ice cream bath bomb, which turned the water bright orange, soon had the bathroom smelling like a tropical paradise.

I spent far too long relaxing in the hot water, listening to podcasts and studiously ignoring my work emails.

Afterwards, wrapped up in a luxuriously fluffy bathrobe like a human burrito, it was time to take in one of the dozens of free movies QT had on offer.

But it was not long before I nodded off, because the huge bed was ridiculously comfortable.

I had such a good sleep, I'm tempted to ask the hotel staff where they get their pillows from so I can get some of my own.

The next morning, completely ice-creamed out, I was definitely looking for some coffee and carbs.

Luckily, there were plenty on offer at Bazaar, the hotel restaurant, which provides a huge range of breakfast treats.

Watching the blazing red sunrise over Lake Wakatipu while munching on a croissant was a pretty good way to start my Friday.

Then, sadly, it was back to reality, and time to go back to the office.

QT Queenstown general manager Jeremy Black said QT liked to "do things a little different", which is why it was excited to work with Halo.

"The reinvigoration of one of our Remarkable King Rooms, which offer unparalleled views of Lake Wakatipu and the snow-capped Remarkables mountain range, maintains QT's quirky design and creative flair while embracing Halo Top's iconic and fun style."

For a limited time

For those keen for a night of icy luxury, QT's Halo Top Creamery ice cream room can be booked from July 22 to August 4. 

The writer stayed courtesy of QT Queenstown.

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