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Newcastle, Australia

No words, we loved it!!!

Review of BLANKET BAY
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 Jan 2023via mobile
Just wanted to say how much we loved Blanket Bay. It was incredible - every day was better than the day before and they were all exceptional. We had the most amazing time!!! Our activities were arranged by Walk into Luxury including heli- hiking a section of Milford Track & Earnslaw plus a day walk on the Routeburn. The lodge was heaven on earth. The dining was next level with lovely staff and incredible facilities. Highly recommend this experience.
Date of stay: January 2023
Room Tip: To do the walks we did will require a good level of fitness and mobility as some of the tracks...
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 7 January 2023 via mobile

    PERFECTION! I would give Blanket Bay as many stars as possible. The accommodations, the grounds, the food, the service and the staff were all exceptional. From the moment we arrived at the gate, we felt like cherished guests. Every need was met, and the staff members tended to any need or request. We so enjoyed the team: Tom, Andrew, Steph, David, Brooke, Paul, Charlotte, Rafael, etc. We also enjoyed all the activities and opportunities Blanket Bay affords, as well as conversing with the other fascinating guests. To cap it off, we loved meeting the owners, Tom and Pauline, who could not have been kinder or more welcoming. Blanket Bay feels like you’re in someone’s exquisite, yet warm and comfortable home with Michelin-starred cuisine and fabulous wines. We are counting the days until we can come back!

    Date of stay: January 2023
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 23 December 2022

    Attentive staff, fabulous food but lacking a bit of life and quite formal. Also Glenorchy does not have that much to do apart from hikes and if it is raining it’s not so good. Blanket Bay rooms are also a bit gloomy and dark. Don’t get me wring - it is a stunning place but could do with a bit more vibe.

    Date of stay: November 2022
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 18 September 2022 via mobile

    This is a superb property - attention to detail was fantastic. Highlights (apart from the obvious - scenery, property) that makes this place special is 1) the staff and their personalised service. What a wonderful team - you really made our stay, and 2) the food - greatest respect to the chef and team. The flavours and creativity were out of this world. A very special stay, in a very special place with wonderful people looking after us with such care.

    Date of stay: September 2022
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 19 August 2022 via 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!

    Room tip: Book the private dining options if available, outside in front of the fire even if its cold, downstairs in the wine cellar area.
    Date of stay: August 2022
    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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