New Resort in New Zealand

Helena Bay only hosts up to 10 guests at a time.

Are looking for the ultimate bragging rights? Helena Bay opened last month along two miles of private coastline on New Zealand’s North Island and only hosts up to five couples at a time — hello, exclusive. These select couples will enjoy their stay in one of the five private villa suites, which offer plenty of living space. Best part? The posh digs each come with a balcony and boast views of Helena Bay and the South Pacific Ocean. The location may be remote, but guests won’t have an urge to leave the property, thanks to the onsite library, fresh water swimming pool, and top restaurant, which is run by Michelin-starred Chef Ernesto Iaccarino. Because of its size, Helena Bay offers a unique opportunity to customize the stay. Guests can curate a tasting menu and choose their dining locale from an outdoor barbeque, drinks on the beach to the formal dining room.

Helena Bay has five private villa suites. 

Other experiences can be fully tailored as well. We suggest opting for a cultural tour conducted by a leader from the local Maori tribe who will explain the area’s history. Guests can also opt for a taste of adventure and go paddleboarding and kayaking on Helena Bay (water suits and gear are provided). Getting There: Guests will arrive at Auckland airport and be transported by the property’s private helicopter to the resort, which takes about 40 minutes. Contact Averille Slater ([email protected]) for more.

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