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“Lovely Christmas break at Bay of Many Coves.” 5 of 5 stars
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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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“Lovely Christmas break at Bay of Many Coves.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2009

This was a beautiful place to stay for a luxurious break with my husband and our two kids, (8 & 12) over christmas. On arriving there, I initially thought, 'Oh God, I'm going to want to live here!'. However, despite its fantastic-ness, 3 days and 3 nights really were enough. By then, I was maxed out on the peace, the 5 star food, and 5 star service, and was kinda ready to return to normal life.

The location is extremely beautiful, with incredible views from all the apartments. The apartments are also very tastefully decorated, and well equipped. I'd recommend considering taking enough of your own food to make at least one simple meal, as it was nice the one night just to stay in the apartment and kick back with some pasta and TV.

You'll enjoy your stay here, without question. Very relaxing.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2009

Bay of Many Coves was the nicest places we stayed in NZ. I see some reviews say its expensive, but we stayed in much more pricey places that didnt come near. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The views are just beautiful. The food is also worth commenting on. We eat out a lot in good restaurants and we thought the meals here were of a very high standard and very reasonable, which really made the stay perfect. I would highly recommend a few days here.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2009

We were two couple traveling together and we spent two days in a two bedroom suite. It was like a little bit of paradise. The staff was unfailingly helpful and attentive. We not only enjoyed their service, but also meeting and speaking with them. Lovely surroundings, good hiking and very relaxing. The food was good too, and compared to other meals we had in NZ, quite reasonable as well.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2009

If you can afford it, this is a fantastic location to enjoy a great part of NZ. While expensive, if this resort was loacted in most other countries the cost would be significantly higher.

I would suggest 2-3 nights here would suffice - not sure what you would do if you stayed longer.

As a coffee addict, having a great cafe in such a remotre area was a real bonus.

I was puzzled to read the review from someone (who didn't stay at the resort) who claimed management to be 'arrogant'. We found the exact opposite.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2009

Bay of Many Coves is in an amazing location on the Marlborough Sounds on the very northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. The restaurant and chef cook amazing food every night, and all of the rooms are one-bedroom suites with beautiful views of the water.

This is an amazing place to relax for 3-4 days, as you must keep in mind that the only way to get to the resort is via water taxi, which isn't cost effective if you are going back to the main island every day. There is great access to the Queen Charlotte track from the resort, and they are in a great spot for fishing trips, kayaking, and other ways you might choose to enjoy the water. Don't necessarily stay here if you are planning to tour the Marlborough Wine Region, although a one day trip can be coordinated, and it would work out just fine, you just have to invest extra travel time.

The staff were amazing, and went out of their way to help us coordinate every aspect of our trip well in advance of our arrival. There is one nice restaurant and one more casual lunch spot on the property. Both locations have day visitors who arrive via boat when they are touring the Marlborough Sounds, which definitely gives this spot the feeling of a true vacation.

Bottom line: I would recommend Bay of Many Coves to anyone looking for a place to stay on the North End of the South Island, and it's worth planning a trip around, if you are looking for a place to visit before you make the jump to the North Island.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2009

OMG, stay here! The was the best place we stayed at in NZ by a fairly comfortable margin. Not only is it a gorgeous location, it is the nicest place to stay along the QCT, with excellent rooms (every one is a suite), each with views to die for, a wonderful restaurant, exceptional service (helped that we were the only guests for two of the nights!), really, just perfect. We hiked in from Camp Bay, although I don't think that this is how many of the guests arrive, it made our arrival there seem all the more special. The pool was nice, the hot tub nicer, the staff perfect...really can't say enough. If you can afford it, stay here.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2009

From the view of a 13 year old.
Wow! We stayed here for 4 nights in a 3 bedroom apartment up on the hillside overlooking the bay. It was lovely. I am part of a family of 6 and we loved the place, the food was great, awesome location, lots to do and awesome rooms! It was quite a walk up to the room which put us all of but we were right by the pool and hot tub which was cool. They offered guides to take around the area by foot, kayak or boat. There was a cormorant colony on the rocks next to the resort and I loved visiting them. From a distance the rocks were all white because of their poo. My mum and I went on a walk up to the top of the hill and oh my, it was grueling. The signs said “only 20 minutes to go then 20 minutes later they said 15 minutes to go and so forth. Once we got to the top, we couldn’t see a thing because of all the mist and fog. It was a little disappointing but we were glad that we did the walk anyway. The bay of many coves resort was a great place to be exploring the sounds.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
Amenities:
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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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Arthurs Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Bay of Many Coves 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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