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Whangarei, New Zealand

Three day respite!

Review of BLANKET BAY
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 Aug 2022via mobile
Staying at Blanket Bay was such a special experience. The views were breathtaking, the location quiet and relaxing, the lodge beautiful and we felt very at home. Blanket Bay was such a contrast to our busy lives that we really unwound. The staff didn’t fuss or get underfoot, but took note and intuitively looked after us, right down to arranging special meal substitutes and dinner menus to suit my dietary needs. We felt so welcome and cared for, thanks to everybody on the team there. We are so pleased we ended up staying in the lodge rather than a separate villa. Why go overseas when there is such a fantastic designation here in Aotearoa!
Date of stay: August 2022
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 28 June 2022 via mobile

    This was our second stay at Blanket Bay, we loved it so much the first time in 2021 we booked again for our 5th wedding anniversary. Staff are fabulous, very welcoming. We stayed in the Paradise Suite at the end again which is huge with a balcony and incredible views over the lake. We were able to launch our skis at Glenorchy and enjoy the glassy lake conditions that we had often over the 6 days we were there.

    We love the grand great hall with all the schist, high ceilings and old beams that have been repurposed, very Central Otago.

    The food is stunning with several courses each night, featuring seasonal local ingredients at their finest. Pre-drink canapés are a nice way to meet other guests and talk to staff.

    I highly recommend getting a massage from Yumi, she is an excellent therapist! We loved the main pool and enjoyed it most days being in late February.

    The year before we took a helicopter from Blanket Bay to Milford Sounds which was breathtaking. The jet boat ride up the river from Glenorchy was also a lot of fun.

    We can’t wait to go back! Thank you from Monique & Steve

    Date of stay: February 2022
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 2 August 2021

    We recently spent 3 nights at Blanket Bay with friends to celebrate my husband's birthday and had an absolutely wonderful time.

    We have stayed in some amazing places around the world and Blanket Bay can definitely compete on the world stage.

    The care, attention to detail and pride that each and every staff member took in their work was amazing. This particularly showed in the kitchen where every meal was different and the kitchen staff really went out of their way to showcase local produce and present something delicious each and every time.

    The service, atmosphere and warmth of welcome provided was second to none and neither my husband nor I could find fault in any aspect of our stay and that will definitely make this a trip to remember. We would most certainly recommend Blanket Bay highly to anyone that asks and we hope to be able to return again ourselves at some stage in the near future.

    Date of stay: July 2021
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    Reviewed 31 July 2021

    I spent one night in Blanket Bay. It was supposed to be a birthday present for a girlfriend but due to travel restrictions she was unable to make it. Blanket Bay was so flexible but allowing us to make amendments to the trip. I was a bit worried about travelling alone to such a luxurious place but, not one minute did I feel alone. The staff were exceptionally welcoming and lovely. The setting was magical. The food was delicious. The hotel room was super comfortable. I can't wait to go back and stay for longer. Thank you again Damien, Tom and Staff of Blanket Bay.

    Date of stay: July 2021
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    Reviewed 4 June 2021

    Had my husbands 60th birthday here. The staff were so friendly views are amazing a great getaway. Food was amazing. Lots to do a great pool room . Will recommend if in queenstown. Great views of snow capped mountains

    Date of stay: June 2021
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 4 May 2021

    I've stayed at some nice places all over the world and for the first time in NZ can truly say the service and accommodations at BB were world class. As noted in many of the reviews here the lodge, rooms and facilities are outstanding but the people are what make the difference. Friendly, attentive, helpful and attention to detail from start to finish. Damien (#1) opening the door and welcoming us, Tom, Tom, Damien#2, Sam, Marisol, Enrique everyone used your name and was so friendly. Never saw the chef but big props as the food from breakfast to each nights 5 course degustation (different every night) was just terrific. The food was superb, so much so I tapped out one night and just asked for a burger (no problem, a great burger appeared along with my wife's 5 course degustation menu...) The drinks and chat each night at 6pm was fun and a great way to chat with other guests and staff. High end price but worth every $$ imho....
    Staff made super recommendations on the Heli trip and Dart river Jet,(both pickup from the lawn). Very impressed. We stayed for 4 nights and loved every one of them. Weather helped and was amazing but even if it was not we would have loved just a sit in the great room. Wife and I both had massages (Yumi) was also excellent. All in all nothing I could fault. Thanks for making our joint 50th BDay trip one to remember.

    Room tip: We had a regular lodge room facing the lake - perfect.
    Date of stay: May 2021
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