Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific has begun a NZ$2.2 million project to refurbish the 68 apartments and common facilities of Club Wyndham Wanaka, due to conclude by the end of 2023.
The resort’s renewal includes last year’s upgrades to the onsite gym, pool area and barbecue areas, a recently completed refresh of the reception area and lounge spaces, and a refurbishment of all apartments in the coming months. The apartments will be redesigned and repainted, while furniture, soft furnishings, and carpets will be replaced.
“Club Wyndham Wanaka is one of 52 properties that are part of Club Wyndham South Pacific, one of the region’s leading timeshare clubs. Club resorts like this one are renewed according to a regular cycle, which is designed to ensure members can continue to expect fresh, updated accommodation when staying with the club,” says David Wray, Senior Vice President Acquisitions, Procurement, Property Development and Technical Services at Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific.
“The refurbishment at Club Wyndham Wanaka is one of the more comprehensive projects we have scheduled this year and we expect it will utilise an estimated nine local companies consisting of tradespeople and contractors, overseen by onsite partner NIKAU Design Group,” he added.
In recent months, the resort also has:
- Replaced its gas barbecues with more sustainable and reliable electric barbecues
- Installed new outdoor furniture.
- Updated the pool’s heating system so the pool remains warm throughout winter.
- Updated washing machines and driers so the resort’s ski drying room can run around the clock.
- Upgraded the key card system so sustainable bamboo keys can be used in place of plastic swipes.
Guests are greeted by a refreshed reception area. The walls and ceilings are eye-catching and quietly on-trend, the new reception desk is more approachable, the carpet and oak timber flooring are pleasant underfoot, and the mixture of leather and timber furniture with rich velvet lounge-style chairs create a livable environment and are an invitation to guests to enjoy comfort. The result is a distinct sense of place – functional and aesthetically appealing: a livable, luxury lodge.
As with all of Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific’s refurbishments, good quality used furniture from this project will be donated to local non-profit organisations and charities.
Club Wyndham Wanaka is popular with members of Club Wyndham South Pacific, with occupancies hitting averages of 75 per cent for the year and close to 100 per cent during high season. The refurbishment is expected to improve member interest and further increase off peak occupancies.
Research has proven that club members, who have already paid for their accommodation through vacation credits, tend to spend greater amounts in the local economy – about NZ$3,700 per family per stay. When the spend of club members and guests, staff wages and contract hire are factored in, the resort is estimated to have an economic impact of NZ$12 million a year in the local community.
All rooms and apartments at Club Wyndham Wanaka are utilised by close to 60,000 members making up Club Wyndham South Pacific and can be accessed by the general public occasionally when members choose to exchange their vacation credits for accommodation elsewhere.