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Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013
New Zealand’s exclusive Eagles Nest retreat has won world acclaim and top honours as the World’s Leading Boutique Villa Resort at the 2013 World Travel Awards in Doha, Qatar (30.11.2013).
The luxurious multi-award-winning private retreat, styled as “somewhere between seven stars and heaven”, is located within 27 hectares (75 acres) of lush estate near the historic seaside village of Russell, in the Bay of Islands.
Eagles Nest is a favourite with Hollywood celebrities and high-end business clientele.
The Wall Street Journal is among the many publications that have heralded WTA as “the Oscar’s of the travel industry”.
Eagles Nest GM Callum Farnell, who accepted the award in Doha, said it was “a true honour to be named World’s Leading Boutique Villa Resort amongst a superb list of properties worldwide.”
“This was one of the most exciting nights in my career. It was truly a humbling experience. I felt so proud of everyone who has contributed and those who are working in the creation of our dream, that is Eagles Nest,” he said.
The award was proof that Eagles Nest’s hospitality team delivered a world-class service that far exceeded guest expectations.
“They’re all Kiwis – Eagles Nest is a resort run by New Zealanders.”
Farnell said the award reflected both the owners’ commitment to continuous development and investment into the world-class property, and “the high calibre of luxury properties, services and experiences available in New Zealand.”
Eagles Nest is a private haven that has hosted many Hollywood celebrities – Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, and Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are rumoured to have stayed there. The retreat was also the setting for the final episode of season 13 of US reality TV show The Bachelor.
The resort consists of five luxury villas that are available fully-staffed with a personal chef, personal trainer, massage therapist and chauffeur. Villas range in price from NZ$2346 per night to NZ$20,000-plus in peak season – but prices include a bottle of quality champagne, high-speed internet, fruit platter, minibar and gourmet breakfast.
Four of the villas have a heated swimming pool, and all villas are furnished with a jacuzzi, air-conditioning, original art, home theatre system, luxury New Zealand bathroom products and a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen.
Rahimoana – described as the presidential villa – is the largest and accommodates eight people. The minimalist styled pavilion, built in glass, steel and granite, has 320 degree views of the Bay of Islands from its hill-top perch.
Eagles Nest previous awards include:
• 2013 World Travel Awards – Australasia’s Leading Villa Resort
• 2010 World Luxury Hotel Awards – Global Winner, Luxury Coastal Hotel / Hot List
• 2009 & 2010 Conde Nast Traveller Gold List
• 2009 Tatler Magazine World’s Best 101 Hotels
• 2008 Conde Nast Traveller Gold List – Top 100 Hotels #1
Background: Bay of Islands
Eagles Nest is located on the Tapeka tip of the Russell peninsula, in the heart of Northland’s Bay of Islands.
The Bay of Islands region encompasses Kerikeri, Waitangi, Paihia and Russell. The area is said to have been discovered by legendary Polynesian navigator Kupe, long before British explorer Captain James Cook visited in 1769.
Russell was a whaling station in the 1800s and was once described as ‘the hellhole of the Pacific’. Today, it is known for its carefully-preserved historic buildings, amazing ocean views and as a tranquil oasis, perfect for a seaside summer holiday.
Waitangi is the birthplace of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. It was there that important Māori chiefs and key European representatives met in 1840 to sign the charters that formed the Treaty.
The peaceful Treaty grounds are home to the Treaty House, a fully carved whare runanga / Māori meeting house, and New Zealand’s largest ceremonial Māori waka / canoe.
Less than 15 minutes by car from Waitangi, Kerikeri is a fertile orchard town – famed for its New Zealand tamarillos, avocados and citrus – with a strong arts community. As well as checking out the local farmers’ market and orchards, visitors can follow a wine trail, and walk ancient kauri forests.
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