Helena Bay Lodge in Northland named the world's best new luxury hotel

Northland's Helena Bay Lodge has been named the best new luxury hotel in the world.

New Zealand's most expensive residence, located 40km north of Whangarei, was placed ahead of properties in New York, Paris and Rome on a list of 2016's most lavish accommodation offerings.

Luxury Travel Intelligence, a members-only site dedicated to "empowering the affluent traveller", said the lodge was "destined to become one of the world's best hotels".

"Expectations are high here when you consider the $5 million per guest investment: this unique $50m property has just five suites, accommodating no more than ten guests," Luxury Travel Intelligence founder Michael Crompton said.

"And while financial investment doesn't guarantee luxury and service, we are pleased to report that it does here. Every conceivable luxury is to hand. The architecture and decor is intentionally on the bland side, so as not to distract from the beautiful surrounding landscape."

Helena Bay Lodge was developed by Russian steel magnate Alexander Abramov, and opened last month. Guest facilities include a gym, sauna, massage room, 25-metre heated swimming pool, library, lounge areas, informal and formal dining areas and an outdoor fire pit.

One night in a junior suite - boasting hypoallergenic pillows and duvets from Austria, towels from Germany, and Swiss-made robes - will set you back $1750 a night (or $2100 for couples).

Luxury Travel Intelligence also released its list of the worst luxury hotels for 2016, and gave US president-elect Donald Trump's new Washington DC property a brutal review.

Trump International was ranked the third-worst new hotel in the world, with the decor described as "a little garish and more quantity over quality".

"Service is poor on occasions and lacks confidence. The whole experience seems a little forced and therefore this place is not for the true discerning luxury traveller."


1. Helena Bay Lodge, New Zealand
2. Pink Sands Club, Canouan
3. Soneva Jani, Maldives
4. The Beekman, New York
5. Le Barthelemy, St Barth's
​6. Ritz, Paris
7. Fendi Private Suites, Rome
8. Il Sereno, Lake Como
9. The Lodge Feline Fields, Kalahari
10. Les Neiges, Courchevel


1. Palazzo Versace, Dubai
2. Four Seasons, Oahu
3. Trump International, Washington DC
4. Four Seasons, Dubai
5. W, Punta de Mita

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