Donkey Bay Inn - Surreal Luxury Accommodation Russell

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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.”


23/10/17 - 03/04/18
Skyfall $1200 per night
Emperor's Room   $1000 per night
Tosca's Room $850 per night
04/04/18 - 22/10/18
Skyfall $650 per night
Emperor's Room   $450 per night 
Tosca's Room $300 per night


23/10/17 - 03/04/18

Minimum 5 Night stay. Includes Butler service & Cooked Breakfast
$3500 per night

04/04/18 - 22/10/18
Minimum 3 Night stay. Includes Butler service & Cooked Breakfast
$1800 per night


Here is some information we hope will be useful before making a booking to stay with us.
Please feel free to email us for clarification or to ask questions we have not managed to answer.

Confirmation of Booking
Once we have received your completed booking form and 30% non-refundable deposit, your booking will be confirmed by email including a receipt for your deposit. Final payment must be received no later than 30 days prior to arrival. For bookings made closer to arrival date, Christine the property manager will outline the conditions that apply.

Changes to your Booking
Should you require to change your booking please advise us immediately so that we can attempt to accommodate your request. Any changes will be confirmed to you in writing. We anticipate that many guests will have travel insurance, however, please note our cancellation policy.

Cancellation Policy
7-14 days: Charge 50% of one nights stay. Less than 7 days: Charge 100% of one night’s stay. If, during your stay, you shorten the length of your booked holiday, there will be no refund.

Internet transfer (direct credit) is the preferred option for payment.

Maximum Number of Guests
Maximum number of 10 guests.

Arrival and Departure times
Your accommodation will be available by 3.00pm and departure time is 10.00am unless prior arrangements are made which will be dependent on other bookings. Christine will arrange to meet you at the property on your arrival unless other arrangements are made.

Pets, Tents and Smoking
Neither tents, campervans nor pets are permitted. This is also a non smoking property. Smoking is restricted to designated areas outdoors.

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