I LOVED this place. I practically had to be pryed away with a crowbar.
Every meal I had was excellent. It's maybe a couple dollars on average more than what you might pay in town -- but you are in the middle of a bay on the sound -- so food/drink was actually less than I expected to pay. And considering the quality, I thought it was quite reasonable.
My bayview room was very nice and comfortable, even if I didn't have that great of a view (of all of the bayview rooms, I had the worst view).
The grounds are vast and comfortable. You can relax in a hammock next to a llama or the tiny pigs that roam the large fenced-in area. The entire resort is very well and tastefully done.
It is a 1 hour walk -- and I mean WALK -- up to the QC track. The trail had been washed out in a couple of places and is still not for the faint-of-heart.
The only downside to this place is the noise during the day. It's such a great place to bring kids -- that people show up by the boatload -- and it simply isn't quiet during the day. There are dozens of hammocks scattered around the grounds, so you can escape the madness, but don't show up planning to spend your days by your room in peace or to the be only ones in line for the fantastic food/wine in the bar. Things start to clear out again in the late afternoon, but if 24/7 peace and quiet is a priority for you, I'd stay elsewhere, unfortunately. There are a couple other similar (but more expensive) resorts that seem to cater more to the adults-only crowd. I'd recommend hiking during the day to avoid the hoardes -- and return back to paradise just as they are all getting on their boats to leave.
- 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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