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Facilities

  • Private pool
  • Cheval Blanc spa with Guerlain beauty treatments
  • 4 restaurants
  • 3 bars
  • Children’s club
  • Gym

Activities

  • Customized scuba diving trips
  • Yoga
  • Private dinners on a dhoni
  • Watersports

Children

Yes

Lighfoot perks

  • Enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine

Details

This magnificent resort from the luxury fashion group Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy is located in the Noonu atoll, 40 minutes from Malé on the impressive Cheval Blanc bespoke seaplane.

The Randheli is the epitome of luxury, a remote paradise in the Maldives that will appeal to those looking for an exclusive escape with unparalleled facilities and outstanding personalised service.

Each of the 45 stunning one and two-bedroom loft style villas is huge, and has been designed to maximise comfort and luxury. Seven metre high doors create an impressive space while the lavish interiors incorporate subtle Maldivian influences. All villas include a four-poster bed, 12.5 metre infinity pool, and indoor and outdoor dining areas. Water Villas, perched on traditional stilts over the lagoon are incredibly romantic.  Dedicated butlers are provided.

Every meal at The Randheli is a gastronomic experience and the food is outstanding. Breakfast is served on the terrace at The White restaurant, which overlooks the reef. The 1947 fine dining restaurant focuses on French gourmet delights with Michelin-starred chef Yannik Alléno at the helm. Iberican and Japanese specialities are served at Diptyque with daily live cooking shows, and at Deelani, the focus is on fish. For a unique experience, chefs are available for live in-villa cooking.

If you can manage tear yourself away from your gorgeous villa, the diving and snorkeling are incredible and you can do a variety of watersports. There’s also a spa, huge pool and gym. Tailor-made service might include a customised diving trip for the whole family, private dinner on a dhoni boat or yoga on your own section of beach.

For younger guests there are exciting adventures to be had at The Randheli. As well as specially designed menus, there is a range of experiences for children and their families to join in with. There’s also kids’ club and lounge for teens.

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Facilities

  • Dining room
  • Bar
  • Relaxation pavilion
  • Beachside pavilion
  • Swimming pool
  • Library
  • Direct access to reef protected beach

Activities

  • Body boarding 
  • Surfing 
  • Swimming 
  • Sailing 
  • Fishing 
  • Coastal cruises 
  • River trips 
  • Kayaking 
  • Snorkelling 
  • Boating at Unawatuna and Mirissa
  • Whale and dolphin trips 
  • Sinharaha Rainforest 
  • Yala National Park
  • Galle Fort 

Children

Yes

Lighfoot perks

Details

Located in Thalpe, just south of Galle, Auraliya is an exceptional six-bedroom villa tailored towards luxury family getaways. Set on idyllic Palatugaha Beach, it offers a coral lagoon and some of the safest year-round swimming and snorkelling on the South coast.

The villa, surrounded by coconut palms and frangipani trees, is designed like a courtyard with high ceilings and an exquisite white terrazo finish. Structured around three pavilions, there are six spacious double bedrooms bordering a turquoise swimming pool with twinkling stars at night. The surrounding terraces are set with a plentiful supply of loungers from which to gaze out to sea in the sun or the shade. A full staff, including a cook and a night watchman will take good care of you during your stay.

Water and beach activities are limitless. Sand castles, body boarding, surfing and swimming will keep all the family entertained. The large garden also provides a virtual playground for games of cricket and football. 
 

 

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Facilities

  • All-weather tennis courts
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Drawing room
  • Fully stocked kitchen

Activities

Each of the villas are exclusive use. The Homestead (5 bedrooms, 12 guests), The Stables (2 bedrooms, 4 guests and only available to parties staying at The Homestead),  Scrubby Bay (3 bedrooms, 14 guests), Seascape (1  bedroom, 2 guests), Shepherd’s Cottage (1 bedroom, 2 guests),

Children

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Details

The website for Annandale describes the property as a luxury villa collection where the world can’t find you. In actual fact, Annandale is a breathtaking slice of paradise where rolling farmland, open skies, and the sparkling waters of the Pacific await. Escape to this “working coastal farm” that’s about as far from any notion of barnyards and hay bales as you can get. Four distinct accommodation options feature the ultimate luxury and award-winning architecture on one of the earliest and most renowned farms in New Zealand’s South Island, dating back to 1843.

Homestead

The centerpiece of this historic farm is the restored 5-bedroom Annandale Homestead, which now offers every modern convenience, while retaining its roots, character, and charm. The Homestead sits perched above the ocean, surrounded by magnificent gardens, a restored fernery, and state-of-the-art recreation facilities including an infinity pool and tennis courts. The space is yours and yours alone. Roam and explore at will: cut a few flowers from the borders and some salad leaves from the kitchen garden, grab some lemons off the tree for breakfast crepes. This is the height of Kiwi informality. Make yourself at home.

Set aside time to simply admire the outstanding landscape of the area, rugged natural beauty unparalleled in all the world. With 10 kilometers of spectacular and rugged coastline, 4,000 acres, 500 cattle, and between 7,000 and 14,000 sheep, Annandale is one of the most iconic farms in the country. They provide world-class luxury accommodation, farm-to-table cuisine, and uniquely authentic experiences for every guest.

Scrubby Bay 

Warmly embraced on both sides by the surrounding hills, Scrubby Bay is a magical and completely private setting for gatherings of up to 14 guests. This is the perfect location for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of family and friendship, get ready for an unforgettable stay.

Arrive via a short helicopter flight or a breathtaking 4WD transfer across clifftop farm tracks that bring you to a remote and private bay on the outer reaches of the Annandale property. In this amazing and isolated location, it would be easy to imagine yourself as one of the early pioneers but for the modern comforts found in this luxurious cedar-clad beach house.

A sun-drenched deck, three ocean-front bedroom suites plus a bunk room that can sleep 8, and a huge open plan dining and living space, well stocked with books and games for all ages, mean there is plenty of space for everyone to relax and do their own thing, coming together as and when you choose. Whether you’re marking a special occasion or just taking a break from the hectic pace of life, you’ll leave Scrubby Bay with a fresh perspective and a warmer heart.

Seascape

If the Annandale coastal farm and villa collection is the ultimate luxury, Seascape is the sparkling jewel in its crown. An intimate, ultra-modern retreat for two, this extraordinary structure is set on a picturesque private bay, amid a breathtaking slice of paradise.

Seascape offers unparalleled romance among rolling farmland, open skies, and the sparkling waters of the Pacific. Accessed by helicopter or by a 40-minute transfer in a 4WD vehicle, this awe-inspiring setting offers couples the chance to make memories around the clock.

As you approach the bay, with its dark pebbles and azure waters, it’s clear you’ve entered unique territory. The turf roof, stone walls, and glass façade add another dimension to the rugged landscape. Inside, the incredible view dominates the space; it appears you are floating on the open sea, immersed in its ever-changing moods, yet safely embraced by luxury and modern comfort. Feel the power of Seascape: take your time, breathe deeply, and let instinct guide you.

Shepherd’s Cottage

Authentic, rustic and thoroughly charming, the historic Annandale Shepherd’s Cottage provides an inspiring rural retreat for two with uninterrupted views of the sparkling ocean. The property is part of the Annandale luxury villa collection, a “working coastal farm” with four distinct accommodation options set on one of the earliest and most renowned farms in New Zealand’s South Island, dating back to 1843.

Indulge in a simpler way of life, with nothing but uninterrupted views of the sparkling Pacific waters and the snowy peaks of the Kaikoura Ranges to ponder. This secluded rural retreat will charm and inspire, whether you’re breathing in the fresh air, curling up indoors, cuddling with a loved one, seeking solo respite, reading a book or writing one.

The Shepherd’s Cottage was previously only enjoyed by generations of Annandale shepherds. Today, it has been lovingly restored and extended to ensure a romantic and memorable stay. Relax in the outside bathtub under the stars, snuggle up on the sheepskins in front of the open fire, then head upstairs to the warm bedroom under the eaves. From sunrise to sunset, your private retreat at is authentic and unforgettable.

Price scale

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business facilities
  • Spa

Activities

  • Helicopter rides
  • Heli Hike
  • Air Safari
  • Eco rafting
  • Horse riding
  • Quad biking
  • Lake tours
  • Kayaking
  • Guided walks

Children

Yes

Lighfoot perks

Details

Nestled in bushland in Franz Josef on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the ultimate forest hideaway. Innovative and sophisticated, this luxury boutique lodge offers attentive service, top-notch cuisine and superb facilities including a restaurant, a bar and a spa.

This exclusive, wilderness eco-retreat has been designed to an exceptionally high standard and will appeal to discerning travellers seeking a unique and unforgettable experience in a spectacular setting.

Te Waonui provides 100 luxurious rooms located in four separate wings linked by walkways. Each room has been designed to maximise comfort while preserving the environment, and features a super-king or two queen beds, state-of-the-art technology and a private balcony or courtyard.

Enjoy superb local cuisine served in a delightful al fresco setting among the trees at The Canopy. The sumptuous, five-course degustation dinner is a must.

The lodge is within easy reach of many natural wonders and there are endless adventures to be had. Take a helicopter to Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers; experience the thrill of eco-rafting on the Whataroa River; or go walking or horse riding. Adventure seekers can go heli-hiking, skydiving or ice climbing.

Back at Te Waonui, relax in front of the fire at the Frond Lounge Bar or indulge in a massage in the spa.

Franz Josef & the West Coast

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Franz Josef & the West Coast

The rugged wilderness of New Zealand’s West Coast lies in the shadow of the imposing Southern Alps, weaving between untamed beaches, still lakes and stealthily advancing glaciers.

With a population of just over 30,000, the West Coast is a sparsely inhabited region of the South Islands due partially to the dramatic and often unforgiving nature of its landscape. Torrential rainfall trades briskly with brilliant sunshine, perhaps explaining why half of the country’s national parks are located here. There are tiny settlements scattered between lakes and mountains, providing bases for adventure seekers and visitors to the legendary Pancake Rocks.

On the frosty coastal edge of the Westland National Park is the spectacular 12km Franz Josef Glacier, a relic from the Ice Age and one of the best glacier walking areas in the world. The town of Franz Josef exists exclusively for visitors to the glacier. Moving at an estimated 70cm a day, the glacier is one of the fastest moving in the world and today maintains a heart-stopping proximity to the sea.

With your crampons and Arctic gear on, hiking is the best way to get up close and personal with a real natural wonder, exploring glittering blue ice tunnels, vast frozen caverns and gorges. Walking or kayaking in the nearby area leaves Franz Josef a towering but eerily beautiful backdrop. And for a different perspective, helicopter flights reveal the glacier and valleys in all their glory.

The West Coast is one of New Zealand’s best destinations for adventure, adrenaline and incredible natural beauty. When planning a luxury tour with Lightfoot, our knowledgeable regional specialists will use their own experience to help design your unique tailor-made itinerary.

Nelson & Marlborough

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Nelson & Marlborough

It was Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blanc that first put the region on the map. And since the 1980s, it has grown to be one of the most celebrated wine-producing areas in the world. Throw in quiet beaches, a handful of natural wonders and some lively towns and you have one of the country’s best-loved regions.

With more hours of sunshine than anywhere in the country, Marlborough’s idyllic vineyards recline in the shade of Richmond Range with wineries speckling the banks of the Wairau River. Most offer excellent tours, gourmet restaurants and even accommodation.

Earning its reputation as one of New Zealand’s prettiest regions, Marlborough drifts from rolling green to a sumptuous coast, with breathtaking natural attractions like the famous Marlborough Sounds. Deep, flooded valleys spread in a series of picture-perfect bays, tiny islands and rugged peninsulas.

A proportion of the Sounds are working farms due to the high concentration of salmon and mussels, and much of it can only be explored by water; the perfect excuse for a luxury eco boat tour. Mussel cruises offer the freshest sea food accompanied by Sauvignon Blanc as you relax on the water, and wildlife-spotting tours let you explore the hidden nooks and islet and look for the rare Hectors Dolphin.

A boat trip out to the remote Tui Nature Reserve includes a conservation tour on the reserve’s hectares of national trust land, where you can see endemic species such as the Blue Penguin and Fluttering Shearwaters. The reserve is packed with walking trails, charming little beaches and even accommodation lodges – it’s no wonder it’s considered a top 10 eco destination in the world.

The South Island’s oldest city, Nelson, is a popular destination for its picturesque location and pleasant climate. It’s handy for wine tours and close to a number of beaches, but you may want to spend some time in the city itself. A community of painters and artists have created a vibrant and infectious atmosphere that earns it a reputation as the jewel of the South.

Experience one of the top wine regions on the planet with a luxury tour of Marlborough. Using Lightfoot’s concierge-style service, you can design the perfect itinerary that is tailor-made for you.

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Canterbury & Christchurch

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Canterbury & Christchurch

Relaxed, rugged and incredibly beautiful, Canterbury is a sweeping region in New Zealand’s South Island that ranges from snowy mountains to green pastures, littered with alpine villages and charming colonial cities.

The Canterbury Plains form an epic landscape of Alpine peak the interspersed with glassy glacial lakes and acres of national parks. A guaranteed adventure whether you explore on foot or by air, the likes of the dramatic Arthur’s Pass is a memorable experience to cross via the TranzAlpine train. Out towards the coast, the Kaikoura area is one of the best spots in the South Island for wildlife, with wild fur seal colonies and whale-watching expeditions.

Canterbury’s major city Christchurch won even greater respect in the eyes of its locals and visitors after surviving one of the country’s worst natural disasters in 2010. With inspiring cooperation and resilience, the city survived a series of devastating earthquakes and is working hard to restore its former glory as New Zealand’s most charming provincial capital.

At the heart of the city is its iconic gothic cathedral, soaring over lively street performers in Cathedral Square. Perfectly flat and compact enough to navigate on foot, Christchurch certainly lives up to its Anglican namesake. There’s an English country quaintness in its vintage tram, punts meandering down the River Avon and botanic gardens bursting with colour.

A youthful student population gives the city its vibrant, artful edge, with the likes of the Christchurch Art Centre providing the population with a choice of theatres, art galleries and buzzing weekend markets, in addition regular festivals, concerts and events.

Experience the South Island with a luxury tour of one of New Zealand’s most surprising regions. Plunge from the cities into the wilderness on a classic Kiwi adventure that the Lightfoot regional specialists will tailor to your every need.

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Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

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Queenstown, Milford Sound & Southern Lakes

Reflecting the heavens with its vast shimmering pools, New Zealand’s Southern Lakes can make you feel like your standing on the edge of the Earth. It’s weathered and wild land, home to the near-miraculous natural wonder of Milford Sound, as well as Queenstown, the Kiwi adventure capital.

The Southern Lakes were made to explore, from the rippled mountain ridges of Fiordland National Park to the mirror-like lakes that blend seamlessly into the sky horizon-less, it’s a humbling reminder of the power of nature.

In the north of Fiordland is one of New Zealand’s lies Milford Sound, the most impressive of the region’s 15 fjords. A staggering 1200m tall, it carves its way though the mountains for 15km, soaring out of the sea with nearly vertical cliffs, while waterfalls thunder down from the mist, high above. Colonies of penguins and seals lounge beneath the cliffs, and whales and dolphins are a common sight.

Queenstown sits sprawled on the shores of the scenic Lake Wakatipu and it’s hard to imagine another resort town with such a perfect backdrop. The snowy peaks of the Remarkables frame cosmopolitan streets that retain something of a quaint, alpine feel – despite having plenty of busy bars, award-winning restaurants and a burgeoning local wine scene.

Bungee jumping, river boarding, parapenting, zip lining – Queenstown is where the adrenaline junkies of the world come to let their hair down. From distant mountain heights to the deepest glacial lakes, Kiwis have figured out how to have fun in the wild. There are plenty of ways to relax, too like fishing out on the lake, helicopter tours or wine tasting in the local vineyards.

This is easily one of our favourite places in New Zealand, and our regional specialists have plenty of experiences of travelling here. We’ll use our knowledge to help design your perfect tailor-made luxury tour.

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Bay of Islands & Northland

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Bay of Islands & Northland

Explore the subtropical ‘winterless north’ of New Zealand, from the sandy horizon of Ninety Mile Beach to the wild marine life of the Bay of Islands.

Covering the country’s extreme northernmost tip, Northland features both New Zealand’s best beach destinations and some of its most untouched. The likes of Hokianga are deep in historic Maori territory, thick with towering kauri trees and wild bananas and peaches. The popular North Shore, on the other hand, is known for its calm golden beaches.

The year-round warm climate of the region makes it a top spot for New Zealand’s trademark adventure tourism. Luxury tours in Northland let you see the area on foot, by sea or even air, with a huge choice of experiences from surfing to bridge swinging, canyoning to paragliding.

Off the coast of Northland are the tiny pieces of paradise that form the Bay of Islands. The turquoise waters fruitful with seafood attracted Maoris hundreds of years ago, and the sheltered harbours were even an anchor point for Captain Cook. Today, the bay is a brochure-ready backdrop of lush kauri trees and a sparkling shore.

The startlingly clear Pacific Ocean is teeming with multi-coloured marine life, and the coastline is scattered with wrecks that make the islands fantastic for diving. Boat excursions are essential: in any season, there’s an estimated 80% chance of seeing dolphins, and often the chance to swim with them. Keep an eye out for seals and whales, too.

Whether you’ll be exploring through the mountains or gently drifting on a yacht, New Zealand’s breathtaking Northland is perfect for adventure. The Lightfoot team’s years of experience and concierge-style service will help design your perfect tailor made luxury holiday.

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Napier & Hawkes Bay

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Napier & Hawkes Bay

On the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island is Hawkes’ Bay, the oldest wine-growing region in the country.

The perfect grape weather is a hit with visitors, too – long, balmy summers and mild winters suit year-round luxury tours. There are stunning landscapes to explore, pristine beaches and plenty of adventure waiting.

If cities are more your thing, Hawkes’ Bay has it covered with the region’s cultural capital, Napier. Renowned for its Art Deco architecture, the charming city is where you can discover world-class galleries, boutique shopping and a sunny Mediterranean climate. Foodies beware – Napier’s restaurants, bistros and famous wineries make it a tricky city to leave.

For an unforgettable view of Napier and the entire region, Hawkes’ Bay’s natural jewel Te Mata Peak is an essential visit, and steeped in Maori legend. The peak offers 360-degree views across countryside straight out of Lord of the Rings. Te Mata Peak is just one destination for classic Kiwi adventure on a luxury tour. Its soaring heights are perfect for paragliding and hang gliding.

There are varied ways to experience the thickly forested hills, empty beaches and majestic lakes of Hawkes’ Bay. Take a helicopter over the famous Tukituki Estuary, ride horses along the beaches or try white water rafting though the dramatic Mohaka River Valley. Once you’ve come back down to earth, recover with a stroll along the white sand of Waimarama Beach or visit Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, one of the best in the country.

Hawkes’ Bay is not one for half measures, being home of the longest place name in the world (Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki-maungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu), so if the temptations are too tricky to narrow down, why not simplify things and pack in a little of everything? The Lightfoot team are on hand to provide expert advice with a concierge style service, to tailor your luxury holiday just the way you want it.

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