- Style Modern, minimal, magical
- Setting Private peninsula paradise
With its five cool, contemporary villas situated amid the lush native bush, the Eagles Nest hotel sits on top of a private peninsula peering over the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. Views are hypnotic at this North Island retreat where pampering equals private chefs, peaceful pools and a Porsche at your disposal. Explore beyond the property’s 75-acres to discover isolated beaches on one of the 144 nearby islands.
Need to know
- Rooms Five villas, ranging from one to four bedrooms.
- Rates Double rooms from $1651.18 (NZD1,996), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast, fruit, champagne and some minibar drinks.
- Facilities In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, home cinema including Sky satellite, free WiFi, kitchen, minibar, deck with barbecue, Jacuzzi.
- Poolside Each villa has its own heated infinity-edge lap pool (except First Light which just has a Jacuzzi), surrounded by sleek, white day-beds and romantic lanterns for the evenings. But all have use of the estate's private, secluded beaches.
- Check–out 11am. Check-in, 2pm. Earlier arrivals can be arranged for 50 per cent of your nightly tariff.
Children All ages welcome. Infant cots and highchairs are free if booked.
- Eco‐friendly Villas are serviced daily with eco-friendly products and the resort recycles all bottles and paper. Guests can opt into energy and water conservation schemes.
- Also If you fancy getting fit after all that flopping around, you can bag some time with Eagles Nest's personal trainer, then relax with a beauty or massage treatment; extra charges apply for both. There are also free mountain bikes at your villa.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms One-bedroom villa First Light is most intimate for couples, but for wow factor we love panoramic Rahimoana Villa, which has four ensuite bedrooms, a fireplace, home cinema, bar and a 25-metre heated lap pool, as well as a Jacuzzi, sauna, gym and private beach. Rates include a dedicated concierge, well-stocked fridge and loan of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The crisply contemporary blue and white interiors and modern art are gorgeous too.
- Packing tips Your best Audrey Hepburn-style scarf to keep your hair at bay while you zoom around in the Porsche, a huge pair of sunglasses permanantly to hand and a pair of binoculars for dolphin, whale and kiwi spotting.
- Also Charming touches at Eagles Nest include little teddy bears made by a local designer in each room to take home.
Food and drink at Eagles Nest
- Hotel restaurant All villas are self-contained with a gourmet kitchen and each is provided daily with breakfast provisions. However, most guests forego DIY and make use of the resort's resident private chefs (even Jamie Oliver deserves a holiday), who will prepare anything you'd like. Freshly caught local fish, crayfish, lobster, venison and lamb are all on offer, so just sit back and enjoy. You can also bring in your own chefs if you wish (we're loving this lifestyle!). Eagles Nest has a comprehensive wine cellar with several thousand bottles of vino from around the globe to help wash it all down.
- Dress code You’re surrounded by sleek style, so why not look the part? We suggest an Audrey Hepburn-style scarf to keep your hair tamed while you zoom around in the Porsche and a huge pair of sunglasses.
- Top table It’s hard to beat eating outdoors on your own private deck, but Rahimoana’s sleek glass eight-seater dining table is our favourite indoors.
- Room service Anything, any time. Chefs, butlers and shoppers are also on call.
- Hotel bar Rahimoana has its own bar – otherwise just dial the EN crew and drinks will be delivered; there’s no main bar.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details