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“Very Quiet, Comfortable, Luxurious Getaway”
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Blanket Bay
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Birmingham, Alabama
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Very Quiet, Comfortable, Luxurious Getaway”
Reviewed January 7, 2008

I am a bit late in writing this review I know. However, I was posting others and realized I hadn't posted from my trip to New Zealand last year.

This is an extremely nice lodge. It is so comfortable and quiet and the views of Lake Wakatipu are stunning.

The staff is so friendly. The rooms are plush and luxurious.

This is a place to relax and get away. I really enjoyed my stay here - loved the food as well.

At night they have a cocktail hour so you can meet other guests if you desire. I was by myself but still had a lovely time.

I can understand what some of the other reviewers are saying that it can be like a ghost town. It isn't a bustling hotel that's for sure. However, if you are looking to get away from it all and relax and be quiet, this is an extremely good alternative.

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled solo
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san francisco
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Reviewed December 14, 2007

My husband and I spent our Babymoon at Blanket Bay--and it exceeded our expectations-as did New Zealand!!! The drive to the lodge is scenic and pristine-about 40 minutes from the airport-you are in the middle of nowhere-just what we wanted!!! Upon our arrival we were greeted at our car by the general manager and requested to leave everything in the car--he gave us a thorough tour of the main lodge and made us feel like friends visiting. We booked one of the chalets which is up the hill from the main lodge-we were whisked over and our luggage was waiting for us-I wasn't sure if the chalet would be worth the extra money-I am so glad that we booked it--Incredible views, sumptuous bed and bathroom with steam shower and separate sunken tub--outdoor patio-fireplace, sitting area-it was perfect!!! Dinner was included as well as pre-dinner cocktails in the intimate bar as well as breakfast each morning. The food is delicious and very gourmet-fresh, local organic as well!! Judy, one of the hosts organized fly fishihing for us as well as a helicopter tour (well worth the expense-a highlight of our trip) and gave us a driving itinerary--this is a small lodge and dinner is early-we ate at 8pm each night and were by far the last diners---there is a game room with pool table, shuffle board, darts etc that is stocked with soda, beer etc avaialble all day--the hot tub is beautiful-the most incredible view I have ever seen from a hot tub!!!! We had a massage with the in house masseuse--nice way to recover from our 24 hour journey. Nightlife is non-existant-the local town pub in Glenorchy closed at 8pm on a Saturday night-- Blanket Bay is the perfect place to see true undisturbed New Zealand and to get away from it all while still being pampered!! Hope to return someday!!!

  • Liked — understated luxury-location
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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DC-USA
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Reviewed November 20, 2007

Blanket Bay is probably the most highly-touted very high-end luxury resort in New Zealand. Suites cost over $1,600US per night (rooms slightly less) For that you get a large living area, large sleeping area, sumptuous bathroom, outdoor seating area, spectacular views of Lake Wakitupu and the Southern Alps, burnished wood paneling, a built-in music system that plays five channels of Muzak, and an ELECTRIC fireplace. (Every other place we stayed in NZ had wood-burning fireplaces in the rooms).You also get extraordinarily ordinary food (ignore the framed and claimed awards, - they don't reflect the actual meals we were served which were far and away the least impressive we had anywhere in NZ) and a corporate service attitude more suited to a golf resort than an intimate (11 accommodations) wilderness retreat. The activities are relatively limited, unless you want to spend $2,500US for the helicopter tour that was offered us during the check-in orientation. The Dart River jet boat trip at approximately $250 per couple was very enjoyable, but still pricey. The highlight of the visit to Blanket Bay was the private charter flight we took from Blanket Bay to our next stop, Grasmere in the Central Highlands. The vistas of the Southern Alps were spectacular, and we were leaving Blanket Bay.

If you want great mountain views, save yourself 20+ hours of travel and tons of money and go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and if you want to have a great experience in NZ, by all means go there, but stay somewhere other than Blanket Bay.

  • Liked — Scenic Beauty
  • Disliked — Food, attitude, price
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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Free Union, Virginia
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Reviewed September 29, 2007

Blanket Bay is absolute perfection. Our suite was amazing, the staff was just as attentive as we wanted- present when needed but not overbearing, the food was fantastic. My husband and I had our wedding in their Great Room overlooking the lake; Judy and the rest of the staff did so much for us in the details (at no cost). Blanket Bay is truly one of the best places in the world.

One note: Blanket Bay is a 40 minute drive from Queenstown. So this is not the place for you if you plan on spending a lot of time in town. The purpose of our trip with the lodge, not to explore the resort town, so it fit our needs exactly.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed June 16, 2007

My wife and I stayed there in late 2002. Upon arrival, the view from the lodge's "great room" was stunning. Our room was large with lots of nice touches. The walk-out patio was a perfect place to have coffee and take in the view of the lake and mountains. We ate all breakfast and dinners at the lodge and the food was excellent. One night, they asked us if we'd like to dine in the wine cellar which was very romantic. Prior to dinner, they offer a free happy hour. The service at all levels was professional and smart. The lodge is located a few minutes outside of Glenorchy which is a small town at the head of the Dart river. If you do go, be sure to take one of the jet boats up the Dart river; you'll see recognizable terrain from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy (and the boat picks you up from in front of the Blanket Bay lodge).

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Expensive but worth it
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2006

I've often wondered if there would be a property that could meet or exceed my high expectations. After spending two weeks in New Zealand and being disappointed with other luxury lodges, the perfection of Blanket Bay was a welcome surprise. The staff, accommodations, grounds, amenities, service, food, activites, etc... were all fabulous. Our suite in the main lodge was incredible. The furnishings, stone fireplace, expansive balcony and amazing views (even from the bathtub) created such a relaxing haven that it was often difficult to leave our room. The public spaces were equally as impressive and we enjoyed many of the activities offered on the property.
It is true that Blanket Bay is expensive, but after experiencing what was provided for the nightly rate, it was a great value as compared to other lodges in the area. I can't say enough wonderful things about this property and would recommend it without reservation to anyone who is considering a trip to the Queenstown/Glenorchy area.

  • Liked — Everything - food, views, amenities
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2006

we went to blanket bay as part of our honeymoon last year. we have stayed in more than a few high end places in our lives, both for work and leisure, just as a matter of reference. but blanket bay was truly amazing - not luxurious in the way that it's a high end wooden cottage more than a super modern hotel. but it's wonderfully authentic, with amazing views and a very isolated location. we got to know the staff quite well in our 3 days there - they arranged activities for us in queenstown, or if you don't want to go back into the city you can sky dive and land on the blanket bay lawn! i imagine the winter activities would be wonderful too though the snow may make the drive out to blanket bay from queenstown a little hairy.

in the early evening, before dinner, there's a wonderful cocktail hour that allows you to meet and chat with the other guests if you so choose. at night, when it got a bit colder outside, they gave us warm blankets in order to allow to us to dine outside under the setting sun.

incidentally, during our trip, we heard some people saying that they didn't think blanket bay lived up to its reputation. i would have to disagree wholeheartedly. it's expensive, but worth it if you like this kind of atmosphere.

  • Stayed November 2005
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Property: Blanket Bay
Address: Rapid 4191 Glenorchy Queenstown Road | PO Box 35, Glenorchy 9350, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Glenorchy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Glenorchy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Blanket Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This stunning backcountry retreat sits on the lakeshore 45 minutes outside Queenstown in the Southern Alps New Zealand. Lofty beamed ceilings, rock fireplaces and vast picture windows frame the heroic stone and timber lodge housing the Great Room, Den, Game Room, Gym, spa and several indoor/outdoor dining venues.Thirteen rooms offer every conceivable amenity. Activities include an outdoor lap pool, bush walks, fly-fishing, jet boating, horse riding and scenic heli-flights ... more   less 
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