Written by Sofia Deeb
Originally published on Santa Barbara Life & Style Magazine
If New Zealand isn’t top-of-mind when you think of romantic destinations, Omana Luxury Villa is prepared to change that.
Located on Waiheke Island, one of Travel + Leisure’s top five picks for “Best Island in the World,” Omana Luxury Villa is New Zealand’s premier destination for romance, luxury, and exclusivity. In just under a year since its opening, Omana has transformed the tourism landscape of Waiheke Island through their convenient, vibrant offerings that allow visitors to experience all the region has to discover.
Waiheke Island may be just a short ferry ride from Auckland, yet upon arrival to its lush landscape, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported into your own private paradise. The boutique accommodation sits on nearly ten acres, complete with its own private beach. There are four villas for guests to make themselves at home in: Serenity, Haven, Surrender, and Joy–named for the experiences guests will enjoy during their stay. Each villa boasts unmatched views of the verdant land and glistening sea.
Thoughtfully curated features and amenities ensure your stay will be filled with romance and relaxation. Inside each villa you’ll find a Super King bed, kitchenette, dining area, and an oversized bathtub. With floor-to-ceiling windows and a vast private terrace, there’s no shortage of breathtaking views.
Omana Luxury Villa was founded with the intent of giving couples a place to reconnect with nature, as well as with one another. There are countless experiences for guests to enjoy while on the island. Omana’s private beach is the perfect location for relaxing or having a picnic. For those looking for a truly unique immersion into nature, therapeutic horse tours are also available on the private beach, and don’t forget your swimsuit; the horses are known to take a dip into the Pacific. Bush hiking is another can’t-miss while visiting Waiheke Island. Luckily for guests, the villas are surrounded by a wide array of trails that are ideal for self-guided nature tours.
The vast vineyards that scatter the land won’t go unnoticed. In fact, some of the world’s best boutique wineries are located on Waiheke Island. No matter your varietal preference, there’s a wine tour here for you. More of a cocktail person? The island is also home to a gin distillery known for its distinct botanical spirits. Gin tasting and distillery tours are also available to visitors.
If you're looking for a romantic getaway that’s off the beaten path, complete with everything you need to relax and unwind, Omana Luxury Villa offers the very best of New Zealand in one convenient package. Visit their website to reserve your stay.