At the end of our tour of south island we wanted a luxury stop for a relaxing 3 night break before taking the Inter-Islander ferry from Picton and after much searching we chose Channel Lights in Havelock. We were delighted with our choice.
The previous stop had been in Punakaiki and it was a beautiful 4 ¾ hour drive to Havelock. When we arrived at Channel Lights it was mid-afternoon and our first sight of Channel Lights told us our choice was good. We were met by Philly and immediately felt very welcome and at home. She gave us lots of info about good places to eat etc. and showed us to our very spacious room it was delightful! A bottle of local wine chilling in the fridge was a lovely touch and after unpacking we took this to the outside garden area to enjoy a glass in the sunshine overlooking the marina.
Back to the room – it was one of the very best of our whole 7 week holiday. It was very large with a wonderfully comfortable 6ft bed and a soft leather 3 piece suite with two reclining armchairs set in front of the picture window. Once I had tried one of these I felt like not stirring from the room for the duration of our stay! There was a beautifully equipped kitchen area which was kept well supplied with everything we needed for breakfast. The bathroom was huge, modern and beautifully designed. All in all I wished our own bedroom was a replica of this one!
In addition to the luxury of the room, which wowed us, the owners went out of their way to make our stay memorable. Chris, Philly’s husband, has a water taxi business and he invited us to join him on a trip. We went out at lunchtime and returned (with a bucket of mussels) four hours later, it was fantastic! Then, in the evening we were invited to share mussels and wine with them and were later joined by family members; it was one of the most memorable evenings of the holiday ... thank you Philly and Chris!
Whilst at Channel Lights we ate out every night at the nearby Slip Inn, on the Marina. We loved the location and the food.
Overall, if we were ever in South Island again we would not miss a stay at Channel Lights, it is fantastic!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our accommodation offers two modern, comfortable apartment style rooms both with stunning views overlooking the Havelock marina and beyond. Channel Lights is an award winning home in Marlborough. The luxury apartments have king size beds, a comfortable sitting area and a small kitchen with a complimentary bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in your fridge. Both rooms have luxurious en-suites, one of which has a large spa bath. ... more less