Lochmara Lodge is set in a very beautiful bay, which is accessible by water taxi. The restaurant food was superb and the staff was friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend staying in the family chalet, but NOT the Bayview Ensuite. The first night we stayed in the family chalet (#13) and the second night we moved to the Bayview Ensuite (#7), since the family chalet was not available both nights. The accommodations were completely different. The first room was one of the nicest places we stayed at—very large chalet with a beautiful deck overlooking the bay, nicely decorated with paintings by local artists. In stark contrast, the Bayview Ensuite was much smaller and dingier than a room at the Motel 6 and was poorly decorated. Even worse, the sewage system was located next to our Bayview Ensuite room and therefore the aroma was very strong when we opened the window. I would strongly advise against staying at the Bayview Ensuite--- it did not belong there and ruined the ambience of the place. However, I would recommend staying at the family chalet. While it was twice the price of the Bayview Ensuite, it was a much better value for your dollar –it had a spectacular view of the bay and more than four times the size of the Bayview Ensuite.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great accommodation in 14 units & bay view chalets set on the tranquil shores of the Marlborough Sounds, a short cruise from Picton in our water taxi (Lochmara can easily arrange this for you, there are no roads to Lochmara). Explore the Wildlife Recovery & Art Centre, nature & sculpture trails, Queen Charlotte Track, art gallery, wildlife, free use of our kayaks, or relax on the beach, hammocks or Bath House spa. Licensed cafe/restaurant serving local and seasonal produce and local wines. ... more less
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- Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery And Arts Centre Hotel Picton