New Zealand’s Latest Luxury Spa Opens in Bay of Islands

The five-star Paihia Beach Resort and Spa in New Zealand has opened a luxurious new spa - La Spa Naturale - in the beautiful Bay of Islands region. The private facility, with saltwater pool, sauna, steam-room, treatment rooms and poolside spa restaurant has been specially designed to cater for the high demands of the well-travelled spa enthusiast.

New owners Ray and Helen Arnesen, who are themselves frequent international travellers, realised Paihia Beach Resort had great potential to become an international spa resort. “Construction started in May 2002 and we are very pleased with the results. We can now give our guests a totally rejuvenating experience,” said Ray Arnesen.

Featuring a host of beauty and body therapies designed to relax, de-stress and re-energise, La Spa Naturale presents an excellent collection of facials, body exfoliating treatments, hydrating body treatments and massage techniques, together with beauty basics such as waxing, manicures, pedicures, plus hair and make-up services.
However, the spa is keen to encourage New Zealand males to enjoy the spa experience with a range of beauty and body treatments created for both men and women. Therapist Phillipa Arnesen sees the European trend of men looking after their bodies also catching on in New Zealand.
“A lot of men these days are working hard, in stressful jobs but they also take time out to look after themselves. That’s why we are offering special pampering packages that care for both sexes.”


Guests can choose from a single spa treatment or a full package spa experience, with three-six day programmes, as the Paihia Beach Resort and Spa has 21 deluxe studio and suites offering three styles of accommodation featuring a Spa Theme. These rooms come complete with large private spa baths, candles, bath scents, fluffy robes and spectacular panoramic views that only native New Zealand landscaping can provide.

A heated, 20-m saltwater pool and spa is another unique feature of the Paihia Beach Resort and Spa, and, as one would expect from New Zealand, activities to enhance the experience, such as; water sports, cultural and heritage tours, big game fishing, golf, bush walks, or dolphin watching and swimming are all close at hand.

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