Eagles Nest occupies a spectacular clifftop position on a peninsula in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands and is a short walk from the historic town of Russell, where you’ll find pretty clapboard houses and shady verandahs. Set in 75 acres of beautifully landscaped subtropical gardens, it’s a luxurious retreat with an out-of-the-way feel that’s utterly captivating.
With evocative names like Eagle Spirit and Sacred Space, which perfectly encapsulate the Zen vibe of this extraordinary resort, the five villas at Eagles Nest are temples of light and serenity, with wall-to-wall windows making the most of the spectacular views, and simple furnishings and local art adding to the tranquil mood. The largest villa has four ensuite bedrooms and sits in its own 44-acre private slice of paradise, and all have Jacuzzis, home theatre systems and well-equipped kitchens.
You can be as active – or not! – as you like at Eagles Nest. There’s horse trekking, fishing, helicopter trips and cycling to take you out into the beautiful, undulating countryside, or bed down at the retreat and enjoy the mesmerising views by the pool. You can also take advantage of the on-site personal trainer and in-room spa therapies for top-to-toe pampering.
There’s no restaurant at Eagles Nest – the emphasis is on privacy and luxury, so the team of resident gourmet chefs will cook up dishes of your choice, from just-caught seafood to local venison and lamb, and serve them in your own villa. The estate’s large cellar is chock-full of the best New Zealand wines to accompany your meals.
60 Tapeka RdP O Box 60