With its postcard coastal views, homegrown cuisine and passion for wellness, offering just four highly exclusive suites, The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands on North Island really does live up to its name.
The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands epitomises exactly what this area of New Zealand’s North Island is all about, sitting as it is amidst the serenity of a private bush reserve packed with rarely seen native rainforest, and picturesque lookout points alike.
It can all be admired firstly from the lodge itself, thanks to wraparound terraces and an elevated location on the hillside, and then during various outings, nature walks, time on the nearby coast, or during a boat trip on the lookout for Dolphins and Orca – if luck is on your side!
The scene really is set at The Sanctuary for a truly intimate exploration of this, one of North Island’s most captivating regions, aided by the fact that there’s only four luxury suites available at the lodge. That means peace, wellness and personal service in equal measure, whether taking time out in the gorgeous sea-view infinity pool, enjoying a massage on the deck or yoga class out in the hills, or tucking into gourmet home-cooked cuisine in the company of your fellow guests and chef, who’ll be working away in the open-plan kitchen/dining room.
Inside The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands it’s actually much more contemporary than you might expect, with modern furnishings, gadgets and chic décor found throughout the balconied guestrooms, plus walls of glass along the main building which also allow for never-ending coastal views. So then, for a tranquil, private escape full of fine food, easy access to some of the highlights of Northland, timeless views, and genuine exclusivity to boot, The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands is your answer.
- Spa / Wellness
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2/6 - Costal View, The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands, New Zealand
3/6 - Infinity Pool, The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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All four of the luxury suites at The Sanctuary are equally spacious, light and airy thanks to their French windows. They are well-equipped, elegantly adorned and enjoy enchanting views from a private furnished balcony too. Organic toiletries; plush robes; king-size beds; a complimentary minibar; walk-in rain showers; underfloor heating; a coffee maker; a flat-screen TV; and a DVD player all come as standard within a space that feels as homely as it does exclusive.
Restaurants & Bars
You can expect honest, organic, homegrown and homemade food that’s nutritious, seasonal and either grown onsite or locally sourced from nearby organic farmers while staying at The Sanctuary. From handmade muesli to freshly caught salmon and free range eggs for breakfast, or decadent desserts using foraged forest fruits, cuisine here is a daily lesson in savouring the finer things in life, all rustled up in the communal kitchen and accompanied by those panoramic coastal views during every meal.
Activities and Entertainment
The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands has a clear focus on wellness and savouring the natural beauty of this pristine region, so yoga, outdoor massage and simply admiring the views are all popular ways to spend your time. You then have that untouched coastline close by, either with a boat trip on the lookout for Dolphins and Orca (depending on the time of year) or trekking the bays on a scenic walk. Day trips to Ninety Mile Beach; Rainbow Falls; the Puketi Rainforest; Whangaroa Harbour; and the Kauri Cliffs are also highly recommended, and perhaps a round of golf in Waitangi or wine tasting tour along the Northland Wine Trail too.
You can pre-book massage treatments and therapies while staying at The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands, and yoga classes can also be arranged. There is a small but perfectly positioned infinity pool that dissects one of the outdoor terraces here too, while everything else at The Sanctuary is very much focused on making the most of the surrounding natural environment.
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