Name: Eagles Nest
Location: New Zealand
Colonial-era townships and undulating farmland meet the aquamarine Pacific in this Northland bay. Around 144 islands, which give the bay its name, are scattered around waters brimming with marlin and dolphins.
Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands, North Island, has easily one of the best vantage points in the Bay of Islands, sitting on a ridgeline on the tip of the Russell Peninsula. Located in the world’s ultimate maritime playground, Eagles Nest is set on a 75-acre estate and has just five private villas located on a high ridge of a peninsula overlooking the sea. Each of these minimalist villas has widescreen views over the bay, but the Rahimoana Villa takes the privilege that bit further. It sprawls on its own headland, in gardens flowering with sub-tropical native shrubs. From the infinity pool, you look out over the calm waters of the bay to a horizon of green, bosky islands. The skies feel huge here.
Food is an equally key part of the experience of staying here, with private chefs on hand to create meals using classic New Zealand fare, such as lamb and crayfish.
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