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Bay of Many Coves
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Arthurs Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 14, 2014

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!

Room Tip: If you lack fitness, use the resort golf cart
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Graeme J
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bomcresort, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2014

Thank you, Graeme, for your well detailed prose on your stay recently at the Bay of Many Coves. I was sad we personally just missed meeting however we are thrilled that Sofie, Fern and the rest of the team ensured you enjoyed your two night 'package' stay, along with our 'local partners' Arrow Watertaixs and Gordon on the MV Lady Karen.
The location is indeed idyllic, remote yet accessible, peaceful and well appointed for an 'off the beaten track' type stay, and we were honoured you chose to bring your special guests from Melbourne to visit us as we know you are spoiled for choice in New Zealand.
We are also very glad to hear that you will entertain the idea of a repeat visit, remember we are happy to offer 10% discount to our return guests and rates vary during the seasons - in fact May-September is a delightful time in the Marlborough Sounds too. Thank you again for such a big effort to document the experience and all of the team are grateful that it was a pleasurable one for you.

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Reviewed March 14, 2014

What a fantastic place this is! We stayed at BOMC for our wedding anniversary with their celebration package. From the moment we arrived, until we left we were made to feel welcome and the staff were fantastic. The food is has got to be some of the best we've ever had. As part of our package we had the degustation dinner. I would highly recommend you try this spectacular experience. Every course was mouth watering good. Make sure you leave room.
Waking up in the beautiful sounds each morning was lovely. We would love to return. Definite 5 stars.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kiwi721
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bomcresort, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2014

With very many thanks for your positive review of your Wedding Anniversary stay with us on our special Celebration Package. We appreciate the comments and it - as always -re-inspires the team to know their efforts were well received and the stay was memorable for you on a celebratory occasion. Of course we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back to the Bay of Many Coves and the Queen Charlotte Sound - there is always a 10% discount for our special returning guests and we love putting together unique and individualised packages just to suit you. See you again soon hopefully.

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

The BOMC is located in the most tranquil setting and in in the most beautiful scenery. Access to the resort is by boat so one has the feeling of total peace and solitude. Everything is perfect and the BOMC is ideal for a relaxing break. The hosts Pip and Nick make you feel so welcome and nothing is too much trouble for them to ensure that you have all that you need. I cannot say any more other than go and try it for yourself.

Room Tip: All rooms (lodges) overlook Queen Charlotte Sound.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank PJC953
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bayofmanycoves, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

What a lovely review, with many thanks. Indeed tranquility and beauty are regularly uttered by guests. We love sharing 'our office' - this little peaceful part of New Zealand where many guests enjoy a break from the road; relaxing &/or exploring the Sounds.

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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Bay of Many coves is absolutely superb. Top quality all around, and the units seem to hang out over the bay. The management team was very eager to help us at every turn and even equipped us with a last minute trail lunch for a walk on the Queen Charlotte Track.
We would highly recommend this fantastic resort!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank John H
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bayofmanycoves, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

We are glad you found us as a base to explore this beautiful region and hike a section of the Queen Charlotte Track. Last minute packed lunches are no problem, we love to be spontaneous and anticipate guest needs. Thank you for your positive comments on the apartments, the lodge in general and the welcoming team at the Bay. We appreciate your recommendation.

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Reviewed February 27, 2014

WOW, what more can we say. We stayed here for two nights on 20th and 21st Feb with the celebration package. The location is truly spectacular, we loved looking out over the sounds every morning. The food would have to be some of the best food we have ever eaten, the degustation dinner with wine matching was amazing!!! The service by the team here was top notch, they couldn't do enough for you. The highlight of our honeymoon!
Thank you very much, we hope to be back sometime soon!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank DaveRabj
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bayofmanycoves, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

Thank you for your feedback and we are especially pleased that your culinary experience was so outstanding, the Chefs are very passionate and they are thrilled that you enjoyed the Degustation and matching wines. A special honeymoon destination indeed, and we hope to have the opportunity to help you celebrate a future anniversary. We love it that you found our special place a real WOW,. thank you from the team at the Bay.

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

Easily one of the best places in New Zealand. Exquisite rooms, unparalleled location, impeccable service, fabulous outstanding food. A great place from where we started our honeymoon! Very helpful with arranging for vegetarian food!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Gaurav M
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bayofmanycoves, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

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Thank you for sharing your appreciation of your recent stay with us at the Bay of Many Coves. We are so happy that your honeymoon started off so well in NZ and that our creative team of Chefs were able to help with your dietary requests.
If there is an opportunity to return to Marlborough, we would be honoured to welcome you back for perhaps, an anniversary. Congratulations on your marriage.

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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We took a 3 day celebration package for our honeymoon and were not disappointed in any way. The service was simply outstanding and the staff could not do enough for you. They went above and beyond on a number of occasions and any small issues (and they were small) were dealt with promptly and professionally. The staff were all very personable and happy to have a laugh instead of being stiff which you can find at other 5 star places.
The food was outstanding and we enjoyed a degustation dinner one night and a 3 course meal another which were included in the package. The inhouse snacks and drinks were not overpriced and the chocolates and bottle of Tattinger on arrival were scrummy.
Our room was spotless and we had all we needed in the room.
The view from the room was amazing and the entire complex was well laid out for the land they had available. Great to have the kayak, paddle boards and row boat available and it was lovely to kayak with a seal who played around us.
Overall outstanding with excellent service in outstanding surroundings.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Rachel T
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bayofmanycoves, General Manager at Bay of Many Coves, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

We are grateful that your honeymoon at the Bay of Many Coves did not disappoint. The Staff enjoy the professional and yet relaxed 'kiwi' style of service at the Bay and we are glad you appreciated the stunning natural environment that the Lodge is blessed to be in.
We certainly hope to welcome you back for a Wedding Anniversary in the future - it sounds like the Celebration Package bears repeating in a year or three!

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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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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Arthurs Bay
Price Range: $542 - $1,434 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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