Helena Bay Lodge, Northland New Zealand’s new luxury beachfront property, this week announced that it has joined international hospitality association Relais & Châteaux.Opened November 2016, Helena Bay Lodge is a beachfront retreat tucked along 3.2 kilometres of private Northland New Zealand coastline. The boutique property offers suites with balconies set right along the banks of the beach, delivering unobstructed views of Helena Bay cove and a natural soundtrack of gently crashing waves.Set on 323 hectares of greenery and peaceful shores, the lodge offers exclusivity paired with cuisine from the team of Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890 in Italy, at restaurant Don Alfonso at Helena Bay. The lodge’s kitchen serves nightly degustation menus blending classic Italian traditions of the Sorrento peninsula and Amalfi Coast with coastal New Zealand influences, made with ingredients sourced from on-property farms, gardens and orchards. When not enjoying fine dining, luxurious accommodations and views, guests can visit the European-style spa for a massage, or seek out adventure on stand-up paddle boards or electric bikes.“As a member of hospitality’s upper echelon, this is a badge of honour that we will wear proudly,” says GM Neil McFarlane. “In the culinary realm especially, we are delighted that our restaurant team at Don Alfonso at Helena Bay will join the ranks of Relais & Châteaux’s family of chefs, who are regarded as some of the best culinary artists of the hotel world.”Fellow New Zealand members of Relais & Châteaux include: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Huka Lodge, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Wharekauhau Country Estate, Otahuna Lodge and Matakauri Lodge.