Donkey Bay Inn - Surreal Luxury Accommodation Russell from

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Wine pioneer Antonio Pasquale has created a unique concept inn overlooking the Bay of Islands near Russell.  Independent of the electric power grid, Donkey Bay Inn has dramatic ocean panoramas from its three, large and eclectically themed suites. A maximum of ten guests can enjoy the seclusion of a gated peninsula with private access to Waitata Bay below.

Butler service, a clifftop spa, resident chef, and personal tastings of estate wines add to the “bespoke” character of the eco-inn, says manager Patrick Crawshaw, who has a background in British boutique hotels and hotel design.

“Guests can expect the unexpected,” says the Italian-born philosopher. “We have populated the high, timbered guest areas with art objects and furniture that has a grand scale but a quiet humour.” This includes ocean liner trunks, floor to ceiling stone urns, a large picture of Princess Margaret on water skis, and in the lofty library a collection of flags and nautical images reflecting the owner’s love of sailing.

Each guest room has an oversized mosaic bathroom with its own deck or garden access, swathes of exotic fabrics and a four-posted bed.

Entry to the architect-designed retreat is through a curved tunnel and across a pebble garden with tropical flowers. “When you enter Donkey Bay,” says Antonio Pasquale, “you journey into a liberating wonderland between sea and sky. Like our wines, it is defined by nature. There is nothing like this in New Zealand; it a truly unique concept.”

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