Eagles Nest, situated in the shimmering archipelago of the Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand, is a luxurious hideaway resort made up of exclusive villas, perfectly located for enjoying an array of outdoor adventures and watersports in a beautiful maritime playground.
The Bay of Islands is a sub-tropical paradise of 144 islands, and a stay at Eagles Nest is all about embracing nature, peace and privacy. The ocean views are completely astounding, particularly at sunrise and sunset when the light is mesmerising, and the estate boasts a gorgeous private beach.
Days are spent sailing through crystal-clear waters on private yacht charters, scuba diving, kayaking, swimming with dolphins, big-game fishing, kayaking along unspoilt coastlines, or walking and cycling on the islands.
Helicopter rides are an incredible experience and you can touch down on a private island for a special gourmet picnic on a secluded beach.
There are lots of opportunities for horse riding, whether through native forests, on the beach to swim with the horses, or riding up to the volcano ridge to take in spectacular views across the islands.
Eagle’s Nest is a high-end retreat set on a 75-acre estate atop a private ridge, boasting stunning architecture, luxurious interiors and inspiring views. 5 contemporary villas are dotted amidst beautiful gardens across the estate, and come with a fabulous team of private chefs, spa therapists, personal trainers and concierge. Chauffeur, butler and security services can easily be provided in addition.
Food and wine at Eagle’s Nest is all locally sourced from the islands, including lots of fresh fish, lobster and venison, and the wine cellar is extensive. Northland Vineyards and Cheesemakers are highly celebrated for the quality of their produce – we can arrange tastings and tours to go behind the scenes of their operations.
It is also well worth taking a walk in historic Russell, a coastal town with a fascinating heritage, discovering stories of whalers, traders and missionaries, and enjoying dinner at one of many superb seaside restaurants.
There are various villas to choose from – please get in touch to find out which will be best to suit your needs. Each villa offers luxurious indoor and outdoor living spaces and 5-star service, private heated horizon-edge pools, jacuzzis, home-theatres, original artwork and fully-equipped kitchens.
I love the design of Villa Rahimoana, which is very modern and minimalist in style, complete with four ensuite bedrooms, granite balconies, landscaped lawns, and panoramic ocean views. This villa is positioned on a 44-acre private headland with 1km of beach and ocean frontage, its own 25m infinity pool, helipad, gym, sauna and wine cellar.
Sacred Space Villa has a spectacular glass-roofed living area, four bedrooms, a beautiful formal dining area, specially chosen original artwork and antique furniture. The exterior is particularly fabulous, with a contemporary outdoor living space including lounge decks, a 20m infinity pool and spa area.
First Light Temple Villa is the ultimate honeymoon retreat; an intimate space designed for two guests, in the most romantic setting taking in wonderful views from a hillside position. The mezzanine bedroom enjoys stunning views and there’s a skylight above the bed, as well as indoor and outdoor fireplaces and a three-sided balcony.
Both Eagle Spirit Villa and The Eyrie Villa have 3 bedrooms, all with glorious views.
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
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