Newly opened Helena Bay Lodge lies in the northeast corner of New Zealand’s North Island and fascinates with three kilometres of pristine coastline, four private beaches and many intimate coves. National Geographic Traveler Magazine ranked this location second-equal in The World’s Top Rated Islands, Coastlines and Beaches. A Russian industrial magnate Alexander Abramov has officially opened this spectacular new $50 million lodge.
Conceived to be New Zealand’s most expensive private estate, Helena Bay Lodge accommodates up to ten guests at a time in two beachfront guest villas with a total of five, finely appointed suites. Encircled by 800 acres greenery and peaceful shores, the lodge offers ultimate exclusivity paired with cuisine from the team of Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890, an opulent European-style spa, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.
The guests can get to Helena Bay Lodge on private Augusta Westland AW109 S Grand helicopter from the Aukland airport. Upon arrival, they are transferred to the master main house that features three wings – a gallery wing with comfortable sitting rooms and a library; a spa wing with a massage room, cold plunge pool, sauna and steam room, as well as a fitness room with all of the necessities; and a dining and lounge wing, which includes both formal and informal dining spaces, a bar, and opens up to an outdoor lounge and a fire pit.
Two of the guest villas are 1,450 square feet, while the guest suites are 700 square feet with sliding doors to the waterfront. All units are outfitted with carefully chosen, hand-made European linens, hypoallergenic pillows and duvets by Hefel, and Feiler towels sourced from Germany – all in understated, neutral palettes that complement the beauty of the outdoors. The bathrooms showcase beautiful mosaic tiling, complemented with luxury bath accessories by Labrazel, products from Molton Brown, and lush robes by Christian Fischbacher.
Helena Bay offers world-class cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Michele Martino, from celebrated Michelin-starred Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 in Italy. Chef Martino works with Helena Bay’s farmer and gardener to manage several acres of gardens, green houses, orchards, Wagyu cattle, and sheep, to fuel the “estate to plate” kitchen.
Nightly rates for Junior Suites start at $1,750 per night (single occupancy) and $2,100 per night (double occupancy), and the Villa Suites are $3,500 per night (single occupancy), $3,850 (double occupancy). The rates include pre-dinner drinks, dinner, and breakfast while Spa treatments are offered at an additional cost.