The premier Rahimoana villa at Eagles Nest features four en-suite bedrooms and a 25 meter infinity pool.
A luxury resort in the Bay of Islands continues its winning streak by being named the World’s Leading Boutique Villa Resort for the sixth consecutive year.
Set on 30 acres on a private ridge in Russell, Eagles Nest has won the award at the World Travel Awards every year since 2017. It also won the award from 2013 to 2015, only missing out on Anantara Veli Maldives Resort in 2016.
The exclusive resort, where singer and actress Mandy Moore stayed in 2019, consists of five private villas with infinity pools, hot tubs and access to a private beach. Premier Villa Rahimoana features a dedicated concierge and personal chef.
The winners were announced at a grand closing gala in Muscat, Oman over the weekend. Eagles Nest competed against Thailand’s Bo Phut Resort and Spa and Jamaica’s GoldenEye Resort.
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The resort, also named Oceania’s Leading Villa Resort, was the sole New Zealand winner in the world list of awards, now in their 29th year.
New Zealand was nominated in the World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destinations category but missed out on Costa Rica. Aotearoa was also nominated in the World’s Leading Cultural Destinations category, won by Peru.
Air New Zealand was beaten by Qatar Airways in the World’s Leading Airline category, while Auckland Airport missed out on Dubai International Airport in the World’s Leading Airports category.
Auckland was nominated in the World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destinations category, won by Abu Dhabi.
Queenstown received a nomination as the World’s Leading City Break Destination and Wānaka as the Leading City Break Destination. These categories were won by Porto, Portugal and Tam Dao, Vietnam.
But New Zealand destinations and operators have picked up a number of accolades on Oceania’s winners list.
New Zealand was named the Region’s Leading Destination, beating Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga. Tourism New Zealand also received the award for Leading Tourism Authority.
Auckland was named Oceania’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination, winning the award ahead of Wellington and five Australian cities.
Air New Zealand was named the Region’s Leading Airline and Leading Airline Brand, while Auckland Airport was named the Region’s Leading Airport.
Millbrook Resort, near Arrowtown, was named the region’s Leading Hotel, while Taupō’s Huka Lodge received the award for Leading Boutique Hotel.
Residence at The George in Christchurch has been recognized as Oceania’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa.