Whether lying in bed or taking a shower at this entirely glass-walled, honeymooners’ love nest, 400km north of Auckland, you have spectacular 1 80-degree views of the sea and bush (at night an electronic skylight over the bed opens for stargazing). First Light Temple is positioned for privacy.
A downstairs living area has floor-to-ceiling windows that fold back concertina-style and an ‘indoor-outdoor’ open fire on the terrace. Walk about 20 minutes through the bush to reach a private crescent of sand, bounded on both ends
by rock pools – a beachcomber’s heaven littered with pieces of driftwood and beautiful shells.
Take a picnic hamper and spend the day watching small boats sail out to one of the many islands in the bay, and stay until evening to watch the sunset. Within the Eagle’s Nest gardens, there’s an infinity lap-pool and a spa (shared with other properties); food shopping and good restaurants are two minutes’ drive away in the small town of Russell. Sleep Two
Cas; Â£3,675-Â£4,725 per week, including transfers, breakfasts and use of all Eagle’s Nest facilities
Tailor Made Travel (01386 712050; www.tailor-made.co.uk)
Spooky Beach, New South Wales. Below left, Blue Pools Cottage. Below right, thirty-one degrees in Queensland, ideal for alfresco dining