Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua
Though it’s just 15 minutes’ drive from the geothermal wonders (and tourist hordes) of Rotorua, this sumptuous and secluded estate might as well occupy its own private planet. Perched along a wooded peninsula that extends into its namesake lake, the lodge—all 7,072 square feet of it—is kitted out with every luxury appointment imaginable, including a private wine cellar, a grand piano, three hangar-size suites with spa bathrooms, and a 24-hour staff including a butler/concierge and a personal chef. Nearly every room is paneled with picture windows that maximize the serene surrounds; if you can’t relax here, consider yourself a lost cause. The lodge is booked to just one party at a time, accommodating up to nine guests.