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May 2018

Conde Nast Traveler UK – Remote Control

New Zealand’s landscape is ‘Stranger Things’ strange, with volcanic ghosts, giant geology and hiccaburping birdlife. Lodge-hopping down the eastern coast is the best way to make sense of it.

“I was headed for Helena Bay Lodge, a vast estate with a handful of villas, gathered around an English lawn at the fringe of the sea. Helena Bay is a great base from which to explore the nearer reaches of the South Pacific Ocean. You can charter a boat and order a picnic, then pootle out to the Poor Knights Islands, where there is diving and snorkelling to be done around Rikoriko, the world’s largest sea cave. I chose to take a solitary walk to Bradney’s Bay, one cove along from the house.”

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CNN Travel – The world’s most exclusive hotels

There’s a special breed of hotels that cater to the most discerning and tasteful of luxury travelers, so profoundly unforgettable and special you want to keep them all to yourself.
Set apart by their location, sheer luxury, history or venerability — and in many cases, all of the above — we’ve handpicked 25 of the world’s most exclusive hotels where you can stay.

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Vogue Portugal – Wedding Season: The Honeymoon

If the motto of your honeymoon continues in paradisiacal mode, an adventure in the forests on the other side of the globe should be part of the check list. This hotel is located on the North Island and accommodates up to 10 guests at a time, providing comfort and privacy. The property is equipped with fireplaces, an Italian restaurant, a wine cellar with around a thousand bottles and a traditional spa.

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April 2018

Qantas Travel Insider – Is this New Zealand’s Best-Kept Secret?

New Zealand has a secret. It’s called Northland – a region with outstanding food and wine, sweeping views and an exclusive luxury lodge.

There’s something fishy going on with the chooks at Helena Bay Lodge in New Zealand’s Northland but they’re not letting on. They’re the picture of innocence, a gaggle of flouncy, feathered squawkers greeting us as we pull up to the henhouse perched on a hill.

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Venture Travelist – North Island Oasis: Helena Bay Lodge

If you are looking for a truly luxurious escape on New Zealand’s North Island, the incomparable Helena Bay Lodge provides an experience that is sure impress. Tucked away 10 miles down a windy road off of the highway, about three and a half hours north of Auckland, this exclusive lodge offers a one-of-a-kind coastal getaway.

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Healthy Travel – A Destination for Babymooners or Honeymooners

Helena Bay, Northland New Zealand’s intimate luxury lodge has further elevated its guest programming with the launch of new “moon” packages (for babymooners and honeymooners), amenities and unveiling details of a private yacht set to come in 2019. Helena Bay Lodge provides the upmost privacy and luxury experiences and is the perfect destination for babymooners or honeymooners.

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The Travel Channel – 10 Sublime Hotels With 10 Rooms or Less

These hotels may be small, but they’re big on luxury and style. Tucked away on New Zealand’s North Island is Helena Bay Lodge, a brand new lodge with just 10 guest rooms and suites set on 800 acres of land with four private beaches.

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Rhapsody – Trailblazing Luxury

Not all journeys into the great outdoors require roughing it. Here, six destinations where you can soak up as much as you sweat out. The ultra-exclusive Helena Bay Lodge opened to much fanfare in 2016 along a pristine stretch of Northland beach. It hosts, at maximum, 10 guests across five villas, all of which face the sweeping coastline.

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January 2018

Vogue India – 11 most beautiful honeymoon hotels around the world to book in 2018

There are so many beautiful and relaxing places to honeymoon—and so little time. That’s why we’re here with our list of honeymoon hotels for the year to make planning easy for you. Get ready as amazing views, fantastic food and royal treatment await you.

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National Geographic Traveller – Big Sleep Awards 2017

Helena Bay Lodge is a runner up in the ‘Love Shack’ category – Time to fall in love again? We’re looking for the kind of hotel that whispers ‘romance’, such as couples’ hammocks, honeymoon suites and balconies worthy of Romeo and Juliet.

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Reader’s Digest – 7 of the Best (and Most Romantic) Cooking Classes for Couples

What could be more romantic than traveling somewhere amazing and then cooking up the local fare—together? You can’t go wrong with these destinations.

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December 2017

Robb Report Singapore – Live Well

New Zealand may be more well known for its adrenaline-pumping adventures, but it also has a quieter side where you can release negative vibes and recuperate in mind and body. Strolls into stunning sunsets? Check. Delicious fine dining without the sinful calories? Definitely possible.

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Condé Nast Traveller India Edition – 10 Stunning Ocean Retreats in New Zealand

Helena Bay Lodge – All five suites come with balconies looking out to the South Pacific Ocean. A private bay, massage place, gym, sauna, heated pool, library and lounges complete the offering.

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Brides.com – Southern Hemisphere Destinations You Need to Visit This Year

When temperatures drop in the U.S. and snowstorms sweep across the East Coast and Midwest, things are starting to heat up in the southern hemisphere.

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DuJour Magazine – Living Luxe in New Zealand

The South Pacific country is fast becoming the escape for American travelers and international tycoons/financiers. Here’s the perfect two-week New Zealand itinerary.

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October 2017

Elite Traveler – Relais & Châteaux Announces New Additions to Collection

Bringing together more than 550 restaurants and boutique hotels around the world, Relais & Châteaux strives to highlight each place that stands out for its atmosphere and setting, as well as its food and wine. Now the association is expanding its collection with the addition of 24 new properties. As each one takes pride in its local heritage through its unique culture and cuisine, each of these new additions to the Relais & Châteaux portfolio is extraordinary in its own right.

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Brit + Co – 16 Romantic Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits Perfect for Cuffing Season

We love a good fire pit… because it’s fall and who doesn’t want to warm their hands around an open flame, in a drop-dead-gorgeous setting? Grab your boo and book a stay at one of these charming properties — just remember to BYOM (bring your own marshmallows).

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September 2017

Town & Country Mag – Relais & Châteaux Announces 24 New Members

Relais & Châteaux, the iconic international association of high-end restaurants and hotels, has just announced the addition of 24 new properties to its portfolio. The list features hospitality destinations spanning the globe including everything from a hotel built into the Italian cliffside, to the historic 18th-century Quadrille Hotel in Poland (above), to a luxury ranch in the middle of small-town Wyoming.

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Brides UK – Honeymoon Guide

Set in the rugged wilds of New Zealand’s winterless north, this new luxury lodge, with its 800 acres of towering evergreens, isolated beaches and emerald pastures, is as close to being truly cut off as you can get. The overture of crickets and lapping waves create a feeling of being right on the edge of the wilderness.

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August 2017

Condé Nast Traveller Indian Edition – The newest hotels in Australia and New Zealand

Located 200km north of Auckland, the seaside retreat bills itself as the ultimate couples’ destination. This five-villa property with a stunning pool allows children below 14 only when you hire it in its entirety. So check in for some ‘we time’ and go diving, fishing, trekking and return for a pampering massage.

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Brides.com – The Best Honeymoon Destinations by Month

You probably have a long list of must-haves for your first vacation as husband and wife—epic locale, amazing scenery, bucket-list excursions, and super romantic digs. But when it comes to picking the right honeymoon destination for you, there’s more that goes into the decision than whether or not the resort has a swim-up bar. (Though that is surely an added bonus.)

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July 2017

Elite Traveler – Top 100 Suites

Elite Traveler has curated a list of Top 100 Suites in the world as part of the Elite Collection in the July/August 2017 issue. From secluded islands in the tropics to idyllic mountain settings and some of the world’s most exciting cities, no stone has been left unturned in seeking out the most extraordinary places to stay in the world.

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Brit + Co – 10 Tropical Beach Resorts to Book for the Ultimate Getaway

Sun, sand, a Mai Tai (or two, or even three), palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze; sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it? Sadly, most of the time when you jet off to a far-flung destination on a quest for your own slice of paradise, you’re met with rows of high-rise hotels, crowds, and a scene that’s more reminiscent of a Vegas pool during spring break than heaven here on earth. Don’t make that mistake. Instead, head to one of these 10 beach-adjacent resorts — not hotels merely NEAR a beach, but rather right ON the beach. These particular resorts are tropical, romantic, and totally worth the jetlag.

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POPSUGAR – The Best Unplugged Vacations Around the World

In our generation of Instagram-obsessed, Twitter-loving millennials, it’s hard to imagine a vacation without being connected to the outside world. From yoga retreats to hidden-gem hot springs, book a ticket to one of these destinations around the world that will leave you feeling completely revived and stress-free.

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June 2017

Condé Nast Traveler UK – The Hot List 2017

The year’s best new hotels, beach clubs, bars & restaurants.

The entrance to Helena Bay is so discreet it is almost invisible. But turn off the serpentine road and pass through the gate and it’s like crossing into another world. You descend through ferns and forest to the property itself, which sits on a small cove within the larger bay, facing out to the glittering Pacific.

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Huffington Post – 5 Luxurious and Discreet Celebrity Havens

When the paparazzi have gotten their shots, autographs have been signed and selfies taken, celebrities seeking a five-star experience in total luxury deserve an idyllic and discreet escape. I’ve rounded up five international hotels that are rolling out the red carpet for celebrities, offering some of the highest levels of security, pampering and amenities.

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Vacations & Travel Magazine – Helena Bay Review

New Zealand’s new super lodge, Helena Bay that’s nestled in the North Island’s north-east corner, took six years to complete but was well worth the wait. Surrounded by manicured lawns, five elegant villa suites overlook the blue waters where dolphins often gather to ride the gentle waves in the protected bay.

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Robb Report – Best of the Best 2017

Selfish as it sounds, when it comes to travel we prefer not to share. This year, new exclusive-use properties ensured we didn’t have to.

The year’s buyout trend extended to the rustic coast of New Zealand’s North Island, where Helena Bay opened in November on more than 800 acres of lush headlands, verdant farmland, and pristine shoreline.

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May 2017

Harper’s Bazaar – The World’s Best Small Luxury Hotels – According to the Experts

While hotel institutions with hundreds of rooms and the staff to accommodate them offer exemplary service, at times the most intimate, at-home vibes come in the form of a more boutique experience. In fact, some of the world’s best hotels feature less than 20 rooms, and are located in some of the world’s most remote locations. Here, the 13 best small luxury hotels in the world according to the experts–from Brazil to Botswana.

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April 2017

Departures – 18 Reasons to Travel in May 2017

The buzziest happenings in the world of travel this month.

Belmond debuts its first South American luxury train, LAX gets a new VIP terminal, Helena Bay introduces helicopter wine tasting trips, plus 15 more of the travel world’s the most notable happenings during the month of May.

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Condé Nast Traveller – Best New Hotels for Nature Lovers: Hot List 2017

Sometimes a hotel makes the Hot List—our picks for the best newcomers in the past year—not for what’s under its roof, but for what’s outside its doors. And this year turned up plenty of options for outdoorsy types.

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Viva – The Ultimate Wine Tour

From Helena Bay to Waiheke: The Ultimate Wine Tour
A ‘Private Flights’ package from Helena Bay Lodge will take you to one of Waiheke Island’s best wineries for lunch and a tasting
Three words that absolutely epitomise luxury are “helicopter”, “lodge” and “winery”. If you’ve got a spare $12,475 you can combine all three during a stay at the opulent Helena Bay Lodge in Northland.

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Equestrian Living

Helena Bay featured in the April / May 2017 issue of Equestrian Living Magazine. The affluent country luxury lifestyle magazine highlights the luxurious accommodation and abundant amenities combined with outstanding dining and more.

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Condé Nast Traveller Hot List

For the 21st edition of the Hot List—our picks of the year’s top hotel openings—these 75 outstanding winners represent not just the vanguard of the world, but where travelers are headed next.
The day after we put last year’s Hot List to bed, we began casting a net for this year’s favorites. We flew a collective 529,500 miles, sausaged in coach, slept in roughly 200 beds, and had passports stamped in more than 50 countries between our team of 60 reporters, editors, and photographers. And yes, we had our share of knock-down, drag-out debates that got us from the 675 contenders we started with to the 75 you see before you—only 11 percent of all those properties we bunkered down in made this list this year, making it our most selective ever.

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CNN – 25 of the World’s Best Honeymoon Hotels

For some couples, it’s far-flung solitude and breathtaking views. For others, it’s all about luxury and the royal treatment. And then, of course, there’s the growing number of newlyweds that seek action, adventure and excitement over pampering, rest and relaxation.

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March 2017

Luxury Travel Magazine

From New Zealand and Lake Como to the U.K. and Lanai, birds-eye view is the new bragging right in luxury travel. So move over jet set, it’s all about the copter class with experiences that are quite literally over-the-top.

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Vogue

Seven of New Zealand’s Most Unspoiled Landscapes—And Where to Stay to Take Them In

With its wide-open spaces, dramatic coastlines, and delicious food and wine, far-flung New Zealand is a traveler’s dream. “Easy access to the ocean, mountains, lakes, beaches, streams, water and land activities, and great little cities and communities are just a few of the selling points,” says Matt Lines, a founder of New Zealand destination specialist company Seasonz.

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Successful Meetings

In other hotel news, New Zealand’s newest luxury destination, Helena Bay, has been named as the best new hotel in the world by luxury global research group Luxury Travel Intelligence. The more than $36 million luxury lodge opened last November and features three exclusive-use waterfront villas.

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Premier Estate Properties

If you have yet to visit New Zealand, it should be added to your travel bucket list immediately. This large island nation in the Pacific Ocean is filled with majestic mountains, rolling hills, bright green vegetation, teal blue waters, and exotic wildlife.

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The Wall Street Journal

The Most Over-the-Top Amenities at High-End Resorts Around the World. In the race to attract travelers to far-flung corners of the earth, luxury resorts are getting creative.

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New York Weddings Magazine

By virtue of its location (an 18-hour flight from New York), New Zealand already has off-the-grid appeal. The new Helena Bay Lodge (from $1,750, including meals), on the green Northland coast, takes that notion one step further: There are only five villa suites, each outfitted with fireplaces and handmade linens. Rooms come with binoculars so you can spot dolphins and whales from your terrace.

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Air Magazine

Act one, scene one: the panorama is spectacular. The setting for this lodge both defies words and is capable of hijacking an entire paragraph but we’ll say this: if the exquisite factors of this luxury retreat are the starring cast members, then the coastal backdrop against which they perform is simply breathtaking.

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The Telegraph Travel Destinations

Helena Bay is a remarkable North Island lodge with just five suites, and an ideal spot for a romantic getaway. Private beaches, mesmerising views over the Pacific, impeccable service and facilities, plus a masterful Italian chef make this one of New Zealand’s hottest tickets.

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Robb Report – North Island Newcomer

 

A decade in the making, New Zealand’s Helena Bay is a spare-no-expense retreat that offers exclusive access to more than 800 private acres of North Island headlands, farmland, and coastline. The high-luxury lodge, which opened in November, is framed by lush kauri forest on an idyllic stretch of the estate’s 2 miles of private beachfront.

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American Airlines – Celebrated Living

Fancy foraging. A new culinary trend invites resort guests to visit nearby gardens and plantations to commune with their food.

A wooden basket in the crook of his arm, chef Michele Martino strolls about the vegetable garden at Helena Bay, a luxury lodge that opened last November in New Zealand’s unspoiled Northland.

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February 2017

United Airlines – Rhapsody

One of only 33 luxury lodges in New Zealand – and only three in Northland – secluded Helena Bay is the first built just steps from the soft sands of lapping bay waters where dolphins and orcas are known to play. Each of the five luxurious suites offers stunning views of one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.

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Travel & Leisure – It List 2016

At the end of every year, we at Travel + Leisure are busy taking stock of the past 12 months and putting together the It List, our annual collection of the best new hotels around the globe. This year, the competition was fiercer than ever.

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Recommend.com Discusses the Far North of New Zealand

It seems everyone wants to go to New Zealand these days—and understandably so. It’s the ultimate in natural beauty, wonderfully friendly, progressive and super easy to travel around.

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January 2017

ES Magazine Highlights What Will Draw Guests to Helena Bay Lodge

New Zealand’s great outdoors has whale watching, misty mountains and lakes – but its indoors? Not half bad. Luxury £865-per-night Helena Bay Lodge, north of Auckland, accessorises spectacular coastline views with a Turkish bath, plunge pool and fire pit.

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Forbes.com in Where to Escape Winter: 11 Romantic Private Island Resorts to Book Now

Blue skies, turquoise seas, white beaches, swaying palms. Many of us would book the next flight out, if only we could. But when home is subzero, with fog and dreary winter rain, the appeal of playing island castaway becomes hard to override.

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Superyachts.com Writes About Helena Bay Lodge Being Named Best New Luxury Hotel of 2016

The honour was bestowed on the $50 million property, located off the Tutakaka coastline in the north of New Zealand, by membership based company Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI), one of the leading industry authorities on high-end travel and hospitality.

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The Toronto Star Features Helena Bay Lodge in the Article “Brand New Escapes for a Brand New Year”

Helena Bay is New Zealand’s newest boutique luxury lodge on the country’s stunning North Island. This exclusive retreat is built to host no more than five couples (or a private group) in luxurious villas named after New Zealand’s native birds.

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CNN Features Don Alfonso at Helena Bay in The Best New Restaurants for 2017

New Zealand is proud of its luxury lodges and Helena Bay is one of the newest, offering world-class cuisine. It’s pulled off a culinary coup by bringing the team behind Italy’s renowned Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 to the Southern Hemisphere.

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December 2016

Luxury Travel Intelligence Announces Helena Bay Lodge as the Best New Luxury Hotel in the World for 2016

Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI) delivers the inside track on this year’s luxury hotel openings. This year, LTI visited 53 new hotels and discovered several standout properties. So, who got it right this year and who got it so wrong?

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The Telegraph UK Lists Helena Bay Lodge in the Best Luxury Beach Holidays to Take in 2017

New Zealand is renowned for smart, super-comfortable lodges in remote areas, but Helena Bay (doubles from £1,020 half board), which opened near Whangarei last month, is the first to be right on a beach.

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Condé Nast Traveler Lists Helena Bay Lodge in Best Places to Travel in 2017

The greener-than-green region of Northland just upped its luxe game with the opening of the multi-million dollar Helena Bay resort, the only luxury lodge in the country located right on the beach

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November 2016

Beverly Hills Magazine Features Helena Bay Lodge in Travel & Lifestyle

Helena Bay, an intimate retreat located along two miles of pristine, private coastline officially opens its doors to visitors – bringing an unprecedented level of hospitality to New Zealand’s North Island.

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Travel for Senses Writes About Helena Bay Lodge Opening

Helena Bay, an intimate retreat located along two miles of pristine, private coastline officially opens its doors to visitors – bringing an unprecedented level of hospitality to New Zealand’s North Island.

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Healthy Travel Mag Writes About Helena Bay Lodge Opening

Helena Bay luxury lodge opens in Northland New Zealand today! It’s a resort opening we’ve been awaiting. This intimate retreat is set along two miles of private, pristine coastline – this new, boutique property is the country’s first to offer accommodations just steps from where the sand meets the sea.

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