Breathtaking Helena Bay, in Northland, captures the essence of New Zealand’s iconic luxury lodge experience to perfection.
What do you do if you have more money than you know what to do with? How about buying a slice of paradise and building your own multi-million-dollar retreat, and then being good enough to share it with the well-heeled jet-set?
The newest addition to New Zealand’s spectacular luxury lodge line up, Helena Bay has opened in a remote corner of the Bay of Islands, offering wealthy visitors to the Land of the Long White Cloud the best of contemporary, tuxedoed and white-gloved Kiwi hospitality.
Set on 5km of pristine coastline, the new adults-only super lodge (which came with a price tag of US$38 million) was the brainchild of a Russian steel magnate looking for a private retreat at the bottom of the world. Intimate and elegant, the new retreat features a clutch of spacious, luxuriously-appointed villas and suites; its own art gallery and European-styled spa; and a heated swimming pool with captivating Northland vistas.
At the signature restaurant, Italian Michelin-starred chef Ernesto Iaccarino uses the farm’s own vegetable gardens, orchards, sheep flock and wagyu stock, in conjunction with the best local artisanal ingredients, to produce stellar contemporary European fare, while the active will be spoilt for choice, with hiking, sailing, kayaking, deep sea fishing and world-class golf on offer.
Best of all, you’ll only have to share this slice of paradise with nine other guests.
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