With very good friends visiting from Melbourne, we wanted to find a destination that would "blow their socks off".
Where to start is the challenge writing this review. From my first contact with their GM, Pip, I was impressed with the friendliness and the high level of service I received. I booked a 2 night package including food and 4 hour cruise on the Lady Karen. OK, I must admit that the price made me "suck air through my teeth", but this was a "one-off", so worth the investment (more on this later).
We drove up to Picton from our home just outside of Christchurch and parked the Jeep in the BOMC car park and walked across to Arrow Water Taxi pier for our 30 minute cruise to the resort. The skipper was friendly and helpful with the bags. Once underway he also gave us a history of the sounds and some humorous stories as well. It was a fun trip up Queen Charlotte Sound. Then as we came into the Bay we catch sight of BOMC Resort. It is situated on a bush covered hillside stretching from the water and up the hill. Whilst not imposing, it certainly looked like a luxury environment.
We were welcomed by "Fern" and escorted to the reception area for a welcome coffee (or drink) where we were warmly welcomed to the resort and told about all the facilities. Whilst this was a happening our bags were taken to our rooms. When we had completed the introduction Fernando walked us to our room. We had chosen a two bedroom unit up the hill. It was quite a walk on a concrete path and it was steep. A golf cart is available to take people to their rooms if required. Once in the room it quickly becomes apparent this is no ordinary accommodation. Our 'unit' was well furnished with 2 bedrooms with their own excellent bathroom facilities. It had a small well equipped kitchen and dining area. The view from all the rooms is out over the bay and is truly breathtaking. Beautiful, magnificent just don't do it.
Now for the food. We had two dinners and two breakfasts included in our package. The food was as good as I have ever eaten. Beautifully presented and great flavours paired with excellent local wines. We even had a burger for lunch which was pretty good as well. The service in the restaurant was outstanding, "Sophie" was delightful, efficient and patiently explained the menu.
We had booked a 4 hour cruise in the package. The "MV Lady Karen", built in 1957 is a beautiful motor launch. Not fast or noisy. Just comfortable and quiet. The skipper, "Gordon" was a genuine "nice guy" with great stories to tell and a wealth of funny ones as well. He cooked a batch of cheese scones for us to enjoy (and we did). We also enjoyed skeet shooting from the stern of the boat and we got to hang a fishing line over the side and catch a blue cod. One was "legal" and we took that back to the resort to cook up as a quick snack (beer batter, yum). The cruise ended too early, but of course then we were back in the the resort which as I have already said makes you forget all the bad stuff going on in the world.
To sum up... BOMC is a wonderful place to experience. The location is just wonderful, the resort is 5 star luxury, the people are outstanding and the cuisine exemplary. So at the beginning of this (long) story, I said this was a one-off trip. It won't be for us, we just have to figure out how we can afford to keep going back.
You have to experience this for yourselves!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bay Of Many Coves Hotel Picton