By Kirsten Niper

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Photo courtesy Helena Bay

Opening in November, this intimate retreat on two miles of coastline on New Zealand’s North Island will include a main home and two villas, which will house no more than five couples at a time. Guests will arrive via a 40-minute private helicopter ride from Aukland airport and be greeted by 800 acres of untouched coastline and four private beaches.

The main home will be a central gathering place, offering a gallery, library, restaurant and bar, a lounge area with outdoor fire pits, and a spa wing with a gym, sauna, steam rooms, massage room, a cold-plunge pool and a heated fresh water pool. Visitors to Helena Bay will sleep in one of two villas, one with two 1,450-square-foot suites and the second with three 700-square-foot junior suites. Both villas boast super king beds and waterfront balconies from which to take in the Pacific views.

mclennan_helena-bay_007“The Helena Bay lodge was designed to provide a comfortable and serene escape where guests can seek peace, privacy, and the opportunity to be close to the unspoiled beauty of this unique location,” said General Manager Neil McFarlane. “The boutique nature of the property will allow visitors to enjoy the highest level of hospitality, with each guest experience curated to create their idyllic getaway.”

Guests will be treated to world-class cuisine from Michelin-starred Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 in Italy, fueled by the on-property farm and guided by chef Michele Martino.“Not only will we customize meals for our visitors, but the menus will change daily so that each evening provides a unique experience,” shares Martino.

THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE GLOBAL 2016 ISSUE OF UNIQUE HOMES. TO SEE THE DIGITAL VERSION OF THIS STORY, CLICK HERE.