The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands is an attractive cedar-clad retreat that sits high up on a cliff on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, offering spectacular ocean views. It has been designed to have minimal impact on the environment, from the locally sourced building materials that allow it to blend into the surrounding native bush reserve, to the eco light bulbs and recycling policy.
Yoga classes, beauty treatments, massage and acupuncture are all available on request at The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands.
With room for just eight guests in four expansive suites, The Sanctuary has an exclusive feel that’s relaxed and tranquil. The suites are set within two wings of the building, with the hotel pool and sun deck situated between them. Each suite has a king-size bed, en suite bathroom and spacious private balcony, while the décor is all warm neutrals, New Zealand-made furnishings, and local paintings and weavings.
The nearby beach in enticing, as is The Sanctuary’s infinity plunge pool. For the more adventurous, there’s sailing, kayaking, snorkelling, diving and more available nearby. There are also world-class golf courses, bush walks to discover and historic towns to visit, including Russell – a short ferry ride away.
The food at The Sanctuary is organic, nutritious and sustainably sourced, from breakfast of homemade toasted muesli and farm-fresh eggs, to dinner of buckwheat-stuffed chicken – all served in the rustic-chic dining room or outside on the sun deck offering bush and sea views.
State Highway 11OpuaBay Of Islands