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Helena Bay, New Coastal Luxury Lodge Opening in New Zealand this November
May 12, 2016
The construction of the resort began in 2010 and is designed to create a timeless aesthetic by drawing inspiration from both the past and present. The designers sought to emulate early European buildings such as the Pompallier House in Russell and The Treaty House in Waitangi, but also used modern and local materials in the construction to create a property truly unique to its time and location.
The new lodge will be a refined and exclusive retreat - built to host no more than five couples (or a private group) in luxurious villa suites named after New Zealand's native birds. Each of the villas offers a private balcony where guests can view Helena Bay beach, the South Pacific Ocean and its native wildlife, including dolphins and whales.
The main house will include communal areas for guests, such as a library, both formal and informal dining areas, outdoor fire pits and other areas for visitors to lounge. It will also house all of the wellness necessities travelers look for, including a gym, sauna, massage room and a heated swimming pool.
In addition to beautiful beach views and abundant amenities, Helena Bay will offer world-class cuisine from celebrated Michelin-starred Don Alfonso of Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 in Italy. When creating the Helena Bay menu, Chef Alfonso focused on age-old traditions of the Sorrento peninsula and the Amalfi Coast, offering guests ‘estate to plate' cuisine fueled by an on-property farm. The menus will change daily so that each evening provides a unique experience for guests.
Helena Bay is located 45 minutes from Auckland via helicopter transport or a 2.5-hour drive via Whangarei. Nightly rates will start at $1,750 USD per night (single occupancy) and $2,100 USD per night (double occupancy), and will include pre-dinner drinks, dinner, breakfast and use of all hotel facilities.
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