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Bay of Many Coves
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Queen Charlotte Sound | Private Bag 382, Arthurs Bay 7250, New Zealand   |  
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“Perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We spent Christmas 2013 at the Bay of Many Coves and I had been looking forward to our 'Luxury escape' package for many months and we were't disappointed. We arrived on a rainy Christmas Eve by water taxi surfing its way through the stunning Marlborough Sounds until we spotted the Bay - it's almost set into the hillside, very discreet and beautiful. Pip and Nick and their new manager met us off of the boat and that really set the scene, you are well looked after by genuinely lovely people from the moment you set foot at The Bay. We were shown to out room (101) which was large and spacious and had phenomenal views over the Bay. A bottle of Tattinger awaited us too which was a lovely surprise (it was part of the package but I had forgotten). The icing on the cake though was waking up on Christmas morning to brilliant sunshine and 28 degrees - Thank you God! We donned our fluffy white robes and sat on the balcony quaffing bubbly while Pip delivered granola and fruit to our room. Why such a lightweight brekkie? Well, we were saving ourselves for the seafood platter at lunchtime and boy, was it worth it! There was more food to be had in the evening at the Foredeck restaurant with its amazing views over the Bay.
We also decided to take a trip on the Lady Karen on Boxing Day. The Lady Karen is captained by the lovely Gordon and we had a super day. He is really knowledgeable about the area and we also dredged for scallops which the chef cooked for us that evening.
I was so sad to leave The Bay of Many Coves. It's a super place. Of course the location is to die for but it's the people that really make it. Pip and Nick do a great job themselves and thane recruited a team of staff that seem happy and are always on hand to help. Oh, and a special mention to the lovely Bay pooch, Merlot.
Ps Massage was superb!

Room Tip: Room 101 is perfect - an unobscured view and you are situated on your own,
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bayofmanycoves, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this review, February 22, 2014
With many thanks for taking the time to share your special stay with us - it reads wonderfully and we are so glad, that after postponements and poor weather - it ended well in sunshine with fine cuisine and the team looking after you. Of course the Bagpipes ringing out from 101 was a thrill for us all too, thanks!
The Massage and the mutt Merlot also well received, we are grateful to know. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to the Bay, to sailing in the Sounds and to experiencing more delights at the Bay of Many Coves. Happy travels from the Team at the Bay.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

My husband and I spent three wonderful nights at Bay of Many Coves in July 2013. Although we had hoped to hike some of the Queen Charlotte track while we were there, Mother Nature had other ideas. What we learned quickly was that there couldn't be a more wonderful place to be rained in. With only a few rooms occupied, we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, and Nick and Pip and Merlot (the dog) could not have been more welcoming hosts. From lovely and generous wine tastings pre-dinner, to spectacular meals (I am still thinking about the goat's cheese ravioli and the overflowing bowl of green-lipped mussels we had one day for lunch), to the offer of some free spa services to distract us from the rain, the place and the service were just perfect. The rain broke long enough for us to complete the short waterfall hike, which was beautiful. This is a special, special place. Remote (you can only get there by water taxi), peaceful, beautiful, tranquil. If we ever get back to NZ, we are definitely going back to Bay of Many Coves!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bayofmanycoves, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Well, that much rain, a huge shame, especially as the winter can be so beautiful and still. We are extremely glad that it was still a positive experience overall, with good food, wines, service and pampering in the day spa - all at the fate of Mother nature. We sincerely hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to our shores, to share the beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound in the sunshine and to offer another dose of the Bay of Many Coves experience.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights on the amazing Bay of Many Coves in January 2014. The resort is remote but that is what makes the place so special. Perfect to relax, unwind and re-charge. All the staff, including the resident dog, are welcoming, hospitable and ensure you have everything available to make your trip as good it can be. The team organised a personalised wine tour for us and made all travel arrangements on our behalf. All the food is of exceptional standard. The rooms are very comfortable and of high quality with complimentary Wi-Fi. Recommend to all!

Room Tip: All rooms have kitchenette - take a few snacks, wine, soft drink etc. as there is nothing on site if...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bayofmanycoves, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Your endorsement and 'recommendation' are appreciated and we are mostly very glad that your stay was enjoyable. The 'Luxury Escape Package' is perfect for a Wellington to Wellington trip with the Interislander ferry, a return flight on Sounds air, (both scenic trips), and the activity of your choice - for which you chose the private winery tour in the iconic Marlborough vineyards. A hassle free holiday with all the planning taking care of ! Thank you for joining us, we really are thrilled you enjoyed your time and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

You can only get to the resort by water taxi and that makes it feel truly remote, peaceful and special. We were there for one of the biggest storms the owner, Nick, said had ever hit BOMC and it was still a fantastic experience. The location with all of the rooms looking out on this remote bay makes one of the best activities just sitting and staring out at the view. We also kayaked around the bay to look at all of the neat inlets and houses out there. The water is definitely the center of the community, but we also did a fantastic hike (the Ridge Hike) up from the resort. The hike gets fairly difficult but the views at the top are amazing and you can reach the famous Queen Charlotte Track if you go to the end. We would highly recommend making your way up to BOMC!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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bayofmanycoves, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Thank you for your review and taking the time to share your thoughts on the Bay of Many Coves. Yes our 'remote' and unique location makes for a perfect retreat and despite the stormy weather, it sounds like you managed to fit in some great activities around the Lodge; kayaking, hiking on the Ridge track and relaxing on the balcony overlooking the Sounds.
Nick would love to be the Owner but is actually only the General Manager living on site and enjoying hosting the guests. Thank you again, we hope to have another opportunity to welcome you for a more typical Marlborough summer, like today which is extremely warm, calm and sunny!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I was between jobs and had a few days before starting the new one. Was looking for a new part of New Zealand to explore and came across this resort. And what a find it is. Nestled in the bays and hills at the top of the South Island it is a true retreat. In fact I debated whether to write this review as I do not want the resort to become too popular!

First impressions count and when our seaplane was not there to meet us at Auckland Airport a quick call to our travel agent who then spoke to the hotel had all of our travel arrangements re-done and charged on to our room. This included a small flight and the water taxi transfer. A great start after being let down by another transport provider.

We were met at the jetty by Nick and Pip and bags were taken off us and up to the room. Ours was a two bedroom (we only needed one) at the top of the resort which afforded privacy and stunning views.

The room is essentially a wooden chalet which fits into the surrounding landscape. Furnishings are quite comfortable but not overly luxurious. Great to be able to open the wide door onto the balcony and enjoy some of the freshest air in the world. There is also a dining table and kitchenette if you wish to self cater - we did not but gorged ourselves in the restaurant! I know it is about enjoying the scenery but the television is quite small and oddly located if you do decide to watch a DVD of which there are a number available.

Bedroom was a nice and a good size, also with windows that opened widely. Good quality linens really finished it off nicely. Bathroom was also a good size with decent ventilation. Local NZ toiletries seemed of good quality too.

First night we dined a la carte in the restaurant and had a great feast with lovely wines from a decent cellar. We were also impressed with the range of champagne available - one of our weaknesses. A hint, if you want the degustation this has top be organised 24 hours in advance. We did this for our second night. A nice touch was that one of the team (our waiter whose name I have now forgotten) took us for a walk after dinner to see the glow worms - very much worth it, even after a few wines!!

Great also to experience the breakfast which was extensive (and for us included). Nothing was too much trouble, including the fact we were running a bit late. In fact, we were being pushed to try everything on the menu!! I recommend trying the dumplings!!

There are also a number of walks around the resort which are generally well marked. IF there is any doubt then I recommend that you take Merlot, the resident guide dog, with you. He is always eager for a walk, knows the way and will look out for you after he has darted on ahead. This was definately the case when we took the second path, also known as the path less travelled (!!), and Merlot was very helpful and encouraging. Best part for me was that he cam and raced down to the boat when we were leaving so he could say goodbye!

I should also thank Pip for cleaning our boots whilst we were at dinner - a very kind and warm touch and appreciated.

Second night was our degustation and I would highly recommend this. The beauty of this is that it will change all the time depending on what ingredients the chef has and of course seasonality.

We also had room service on our last night and enjoyed some delicious burgers washed down with a red wine.

I could not more strongly recommend this resort. It offers a relaxation in a beautiful setting with wonderful hosts and dining.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bayofmanycoves, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Thank you for your recent review, very extensive and we are thrilled that overall it was a memorable experience - a 'gem' as you say, funnily enough the Lodge at the Bay of Many Coves was in it's previous life called the 'Gem Resort'!
Sadly the floatplane let you down (he now has a new plane and is operating more reliably - perhaps for your next visit!), we were glad we could assist with getting you in on Sounds Air from Wellington. The two bedroom apartment is a nice upgrade so you can spread out and get more of that extra fresh air.
The Kitchen team are grateful for the feedback on the food and the Degustation dinner is available nightly all summer (only in quieter times do we request a day's notice). It is popular and a special meal, changing seasonally as you mention. Our natural NZ Bathroom products are made by 'Evolu.'
We are glad the wild-life, as in Merlot plus the Glow-worms, featured in your Bay of Many Coves experience. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Resort. You have to catch a water taxi from Picton to the resort as there is no access by road, and this makes for a tranquil back to nature stay.

We arrived on sunny Friday. It was enjoyable to sit on the balcony of the accommodation and take pictures of the Coves/scenery, watch the birdlife and read a book. Saturday morning was almost a mini cyclone with very heavy rain and wind. Staying indoors was nice anyway and the inclement weather certainly didnt detract from the resort.

The restaurant meals were delicious. Nightly specials as well as dishes available on the menu. Staff are more than obliging.

If you are looking for a relaxing getaway, this surely fits the bill. You will come back from your holiday refreshed and relaxed. We stayed 2 nights but didnt want to leave.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bayofmanycoves, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Thank you for the lovely comments and your thoughts on your recent relaxing getaway at the Bay. Yes the 'summer' weather has ensured some 'compulsory' relaxation days for guests! Not a bad place to be 'stuck'; in inclement weather however. Luckily now it is gorgeously summery. The Kitchen team are very happy that your enjoyed their cuisine. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to the Bay of Many Coves in the future - and for a little longer next time.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

We spent a few hours at Bay of Many Coves as part of the Cougarline "Sounds Spectacular" cruise (which included lunch in the Bight Cafe and a 1-hour spa treatment. It's in a beautiful area, which I suspect would have been much prettier if it hadn't been raining. Can't comment on the rooms as we didn't stay overnight, but they looked great from the outside and would certainly have great views, given that they're all in the side of a hill, looking out to the Sounds.
Cons: LOTS of stairs, which was hard for very unfit people like us (and probably anyone who has problems with mobility); staff did not stay around in the cafe, which made it a bit hard to get their attention when you wanted something.
Pros: Food was great and filling, and we weren't charged for the extra drinks, which was a pleasant surprise; massage was EXCELLENT with a capital E, the best thing about the trip. The masseuse sure knows her stuff, and introduced me to hot stones, which is something I think I need regularly from now on!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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bomcresort, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this review, December 6, 2013
Thank you for your feedback, we were disappointed that you felt lonely at our Cafe, normally on a fine day it is buzzing and the staff did try and pop down regularly to see if you required anything
We are glad the massages and meals were top-notch.
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Address: Queen Charlotte Sound | Private Bag 382, Arthurs Bay 7250, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Arthurs Bay
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Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Hotel Class:5 star — Bay of Many Coves 5*
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Just a short water taxi ride from Picton Harbour, and within easy reach of all major New Zealand airports, you’ll find a slice of pure paradise.At Bay of Many Coves, we will make you feel right at home in the tranquil Marlborough Sounds. You’ll find a world of adventure waiting right at the end of our private jetty and in the bush-clad hills all around. Or you may simply want to relax within our luxury facilities and beautiful surroundings. So pure, so natural, so full of new experiences: at Bay of Many Coves, luxury has found a new expression. ... more   less 
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