We spent five nights at this resort and loved it. Blanket Bay is a gorgeous lodge with as friendly, professional and attentive service as I have ever experienced. The lodge is located in the alpine area of the south island and the scenery is breathtaking. The room was not huge but was well-appointed and very comfortable with a very large bath with tub, shower, two sinks, luxury linens, in room internet and Sky TV and a nice balcony overlooking the lake. Lodge is very nice and the views are terrific. Beautiful pool and very nice hot tub with a view of the lake.
The food was delicious and there wer three choices of entrees at dinner--meat, fish and vegetarian and choices for starters and dessert as well. Breakfast was also great--fresh pastries, fruit, I tried the pancakes, french toast, eggs and my wife had an omelette--all were very tasty. We skipped lunch each day as the breakfast was so big.
We took the Dart River jet boat ride and it was a blast--great driver and beautiful waterfalls and flora. We walked into the nearby town and enjoyed the little main street shopping and cafe for coffee. The highlight of our entire 16 day trip was the Over The Top helicopter trip with Steve as our pilot. We did the four stop version--glacier, beach, Milford Sound and mountaintop with champagne and cheese and fruit. My wife was a little scared but relaxed with Steve's professionalism evident and his soothing words a great help. The scenery was like a movie (well, it was in the Lord of the Rings so exactly like a movie), we got so close to a waterfall at Milford Sound I thought the windshield would be wet, saw the seals on the beach, and just had a once in a lifetime experience in a beautiful 7 passenger Eurocopter with just the two of us and Steve (a former Royal Marine so he wasn't phased by a couple of New Yorkers on their 30th Anniversary), as friendly as the NZ stereotypes--great people!
BB is expensive but we thought it was well worth it for the extraordinary experience.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Blanket Bay Hotel Queenstown