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38 Long Beach Road, Russell 0202 New Zealand
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#4 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Russell
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Operatic, artistic, iconoclast, sensual and enigmatic are just some of the words that have been used to describe The Donkey Bay Inn. As you enter through the intriguing garden tunnel and come out into the inn’s private courtyard, we are sure you’ll find your own words for the unique and wonderful world of Donkey Bay. Fully energy sufficient and cooled under a huge living roof, this architectural masterpiece will truly take your breath away with its cavernous rooms, imaginative angles and breath-taking views at every turn. There is only one Donkey Bay Inn...
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
Free shuttle or taxi services
Adults only
Baggage storage
Car park
Bar / lounge
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Soundproof rooms
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Interconnected rooms available
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Jo W wrote a review Sep 2020
6 contributions3 helpful votes
This place lived up to all the photos I had seen of it and all the wonderful reviews I had read about it! We had the best weekend! Loved Antonio’s breakfast time visits for a chat with the guests and Amelia was gorgeous, bubbly and attentive! The place is peaceful, grand, interesting, eclectic and so much more all rolled into one! Can’t wait for next years anniversary visit! Thank you gorgeous humans for making our stay a very memorable one!
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Donkey Bay, General Manager at Donkey Bay Inn
Responded 20 Oct 2020
Thank you so much for your beautiful comments, best wishes from Amelia & the team at DBI!
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DrM Miller wrote a review Sep 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
Room was gorgeous, with views that match the best in the world. We have stayed at supposedly five star places in NZ and have been somewhat disappointed. This has everything and more...staff are professional, friendly and just lovely; Brekkie is a great start, with fresh fruit, eggs, delight cereal, etc., rooms and decor so different, the whole place makes you smile and oh soo relaxing! Perfect birthday ! With egg shape baths on the corner of the cliff, Tui birdsong, warmth of the spring sun, with exquisite Bay views...can’t recommend this Inn enough...booked to go back already!
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Date of stay: September 2020
Response from Donkey Bay, General Manager at Donkey Bay Inn
Responded 14 Sep 2020
What a lovely review! Thank you so so much Mel, you and Russ are some of our favourite guests as you well know! It's always a pleasure to have you stay here and we look forward to having you stay in the future. Happy to hear you had a great birthday!
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BarbWiersma wrote a review Aug 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand14 contributions2 helpful votes
I had read about Donkey Bay in a couple of travel magazines and knew it was one place I wanted to visit. The architecture and the interior decoration is simply amazing needs to be seen to really appreciate. From the minute you arrive and are warmly greeted by Amelia you know you are in for a treat. We loved our room Tosca, spacious, dramatic and very comfortable. We enjoyed a pre dinner drink with Antonio mine host. The vintage Daimler took us to the the village for dinner and back. Breakfasts are delicious and the whole atmosphere was very relaxed. On our second night Amelia suggested dinner at Paroa Winery, they provided transport both ways. Stunning building and excellent food.Donkey Bay is fabulous in every way in the most stunning location. Make sure to do the walk down to
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Date of stay: July 2020
Response from Donkey Bay, General Manager at Donkey Bay Inn
Responded 26 Aug 2020
Hi Barbara, thank you for your lovely comments about your stay with us. We are so glad you and Elki enjoyed your time with us! We love to hear that our guests had a great visit and also what parts they especially enjoyed. I'm glad you got to enjoy nice dinners out and you also took the time to walk to the beach below. We hope you do come and visit us again. Take care. Kind regards, Amelia & the team at Donkey Bay
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Lea J wrote a review Aug 2020
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
This was our second visit to Donkey Bay and the place was just as superb as ever! You don't just stay at Donkey Bay you experience it! From the minute you arrive Amelia (the manager) greets you like an old friend. Nothing is ever too much trouble and Amelia and the other staff members are always incredibly helpful and go out of their way to ensure your stay is exceptional. The interior continues to be as spotless and stunning as ever. We loved using the outdoor baths over looking the bay, the location and views are heard to beat. We are looking foward to coming back next year. Thank you again Amelia and staff for all of your help and looking after us all so beautifully.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Response from Donkey Bay, General Manager at Donkey Bay Inn
Responded 26 Aug 2020
Thank you for coming to visit us again Lea and bringing your lovely family with you! It was a pleasure to look after you all and have you take the whole hotel for two nights. It definitely is a completely different atmosphere when you have a family take the whole house and we love it! We really hope to see you again and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Kind regards, Amelia & the team at Donkey Bay x
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Ian G wrote a review Aug 2020
Tauranga, New Zealand11 contributions2 helpful votes
Stunning at every turn. We stayed 6 nights and settled in so comfortably that it felt like home. We were joined by friends and family for a couple of nights and everyone was thrilled. So informal and relaxed in this expansive but brilliantly proportioned home that was sparkling clean. Swims in the ocean (yep fairly cold!) but a warm sheltered bay, shower with a view and then outside bath on a wee peninsula overlooking the bay - so good. We had the place to ourselves for a few nights but then another guest couple arrived and became like an extension to our group due to the home-like environment. Ideal location for someone with walking disabilities as well with wet area showers and level throughout the ground floor. In true Italian style we felt very much part of an extended
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from Donkey Bay, General Manager at Donkey Bay Inn
Responded 23 Aug 2020
Ian, what lovely comments. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to host yourself, your family and your close friends for your wee NZ holiday with us. We are so glad you enjoyed the time you spent here. It was great you braved the cold to swim in the Bay below so you could enjoy the outdoor baths! Thank you for all the chats, we all enjoyed having you all to stay with us. We hope to see you again in the near future. Kind regards, Amelia & the team at Donkey Bay Inn x
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US$286 - US$609 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionBay of IslandsRussell
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