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Eagles Nest
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

My husband and I (and our friends) stayed at The Eyrie for 3 nights recently. The villa itself was absolutely beautiful with amazing views. The pool and deck area were lovely and the hot tub was fantastic (particularly with a glass of bubbles in hand)!

The villa had everything you could possible want and the food provided for breakfast was just lovely.

William was our contact for this trip and I don't think he was ever off duty! He was available every time we needed him (even picking us up from Russell himself) and couldn't have been more helpful. We had booked a parasailing trip for the Sunday morning and William offered to reconfirm the booking for us that morning. When he phoned them he found that the boat had broken down so the trip was cancelled. My friend asked if there was any way we could get on the water (as it was such a beautiful day) and within 30 minutes William had arranged a private sailing trip (half day) for us - wow, what incredible service!

We also had a picnic provided for us one day and a private chef (Keith) one evening. The food on both occasions was great and Keith did an amazing job for us. I definitely recommend booking the private chef option for at least one meal.

If we ever manage to get back to this part of the world we will definitely return to this wonderful place.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank JulesMc
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

We stayed at The Eyrie and loved it. Gorgeous views across the Bay and back up to Waitangi, lovely infinity pool and the deck was great for hanging out on. We really enjoyed the private chef and the little touches (candles refreshed each day, exceptional linen and towells, glass around deck and pool cleaned every time we went out it seemed, mention you've forgotten something and they'll source it or lend you it). They leave the yummiest things in the fridge to make breakfast as well. A sensational spot to relax.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Cat S
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

We spent two nights at Eagles Nest last week and had the most wonderful time. Everyone involved there was so friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. Can't imagine you would ever tire of those views!

Room Tip: All the rooms are amazing!
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Stancroft
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

If you want an exclusive villa right in the middle of 70 acres of land with no one else around, immersed in luxury and stunning views then think no further than Eagle's nest.
Amazing place manned by some amazing staff, William, the manager catered to our every need and was prompt and courteous every time.

Room Tip: First light is the best if you are a honeymoon couple, although go at a time when the villa just in...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank RohanBatra
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

You do not have to be a celebrity to enjoy the privacy, tranquillity and great service that the Eagles Nest has to offer. It was our second trip there and we are already planning the next one.

When we planned this New Zealand getaway, the biggest question was how to accommodate all our needs. Enough sightseeing for the European part of the group to justify the long distance travel and not too much travelling around re-packing the suitcases every other night. The solution was quite simple, stay at the Eagles Nest and use it as our base for discovering the northern tip of New Zealand - based on our previous experience we knew we would not be disappointed.

From making the booking - they do remember you from the previous time including your food allergies - to the arrival and being greeted by the manager with the champagne perfectly chilled. Yes, they are really expecting a call when you board the ferry in Opua so that everything is ready for you....

We stayed both times at the Eyrie Villa, two beautifully appointed bedrooms each with their own ensuite; large open floor living and dining area; and a deck area with pool and spa that you do not want to leave - we did less day trips than originally planned! The decor is modern and very sophisticated with technical entertainment equipment I would like to have at home.

The accommodation is self-service unless you request your own personal chef, which we have not done yet. The complimentary breakfast provision are chosen for the food lovers in mind and leave nothing to desire - you can always complete them with the other provisions in the fridge (very reasonably priced) or check out the supermarket in Paihia.
What we have done though is order their sumptuous picnic hampers to take away, if you are looking for a day trip off the beaten track and am worried about going hungry, this is the way to go!

It's the little things that add up making the Eagles Nest so special. I know it sounds quite ridiculous but have you ever:
- played hide and seek with housekeeping because they keep on misplacing things at different spots? This won't happen at the Eagles Nest...
- wondered when they will do your rooms? In the Eagles Nest they ask you at check-in for your preferred service time. And yes, if they see you are at home ,you get a call confirming that it would still suit you for them to come around or if you prefer a later time.

In addition, the staff is very happy to assist in every other way:
- looking for some place to wine and dine - they make a few suggestions and do the booking for you.
- want to go on a day sailing trip without one hundred of you new best friend? They chose the perfect day, with sunshine and wind, and make arrangements. You get even asked for your preference of boat, we went for the cruising type of boat and not the racey one....
- want to indulge? Make a booking for a in-house spa treatment. What a treat, lying on the deck, enjoying the scenery and feeling very relaxed and pampered.

So, if you want the celebrity treatment without being one – this is the way to go!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Read any other review. The place is gorgeous, the staff very accommodating, and there were no, repeat no, glitches. Stayed in the 3 bedroom house. Feels like you have left the world behind--but not the French champagne.

Room Tip: Choose by size of your group. We were five and fit perfectly into a 3 BR house. No one argued for th...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank roemanner
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Eagles Nest could not be more perfect. My fiancé and I wanted to get married in New Zealand and researched numerous places before deciding upon Eagles Nest – we definitely made the right choice! We stayed in the “First Light” villa. It was beautifully decorated, spacious, private, and had out-of-this-world views in every direction. In addition to being a fabulous place to stay, Eagles Nest provides great cuisine with the option of a private chef (Keith was great). The First Light villa had a beautifully equipped kitchen complete with provisions for making a gourmet breakfast each morning of your stay. The surrounding property is also beautiful and provides a private/peaceful place to take a morning or evening stroll.
As with almost accommodations, the people you interact with are what make the difference and that that is definitely where Eagles Nest goes over the top. Kelly and Callum were wonderful. We not only stayed at Eagles Nest but it also provided the perfect setting for our wedding. Planning a wedding in New Zealand in three month’s time while living in the US was quite a challenge, thank goodness we had Kelly. She was caring, responsive and all around wonderful. Kelly sent us a list 2-3 Celebrants, Photographers, and florist to choose from. We reviewed the websites of each and made our selections. Our Celebrant (Tom Baker), Photographer (Rachel with Two Little Starfish) and our florist (Wendy with Putts Green Florist) could not have been better. Kelly coordinated everyone’s arrival on the day of the wedding and somehow even made the rain stop and the sun shine for our wedding ceremony. She went above and beyond and acted as a witness. We cannot say enough great things about Eagles Nest, its staff and New Zealand – if only we could have stayed longer. We will be back. Thank you for making our wedding day memorable.

Room Tip: If you are traveling as a couple, the First Light villa is a perfect, romantic location.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Deborah B
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Additional Information about Eagles Nest

Address: 60 Tapeka Road, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Russell
Price Range: £1,023 - £2,107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Eagles Nest 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eagles Nest is a multi award winning retreat overlooking the spectacular Bay of Islands. The 75 acre estate offers five world class luxury villas. Each offering; private heated infinity edge lap pool (excl First Light Villa), jacuzzi, air conditioning, home theater system. Talented chefs prepare cuisine featuring regional delicacies matched with New Zealand wines. ... more   less 
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