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Elizabeth H

Look no further - spend your honeymoon here!!!!

Review of BLANKET BAY
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 Mar 2023
We spent our honeymoon here in November - an absolutely amazing, fantastic, blissful week we haven't been able to stop reminiscing about since! Glenorchy is my new favourite place on earth, and so is Blanket Bay.

Accommodation - can I give more than 5/5 stars??? Gorgeous, cozy rooms that aren't stuffy or trying too hard to be elegant or fancy - they just are, mind-blowing views, and discreet turn-down service that makes you feel really cared for.

Service - thoughtful, fast, friendly, funny, brilliant. We had so much fun talking and laughing with the staff who were all an absolute delight (and put up very good-naturedly with our shenanigans). they took amazing care of us and everything was so personal. they had our preferred coffee and drink orders memorized by the second day!

Food/Wine - to DIE for. how do they not have a Michelin star yet is beyond me. The wine was fantastic and Damien (the sommelier) gave amazing after amazing recommendations!

Amenities - unfortunately the pool wasn't open yet for the season when we were there, but the hot tub was awesome and the massages were amazing.

Activities - the staff were so great helping us plan our excursions, and when one of them got rained out they worked overtime to help us find something else to do! Great hiking recommendations as well; we're huge nerds and had a blast visiting different Lord of the Rings filming locations (we hadn't even realized booking the vacation that there were so many close by!) Lothlorien, Isengard, and (closer to the airport) the Warg Rider/Rohan locations! So cool.
Date of stay: November 2022
Room Tip: Don't arrive after dark and the rain 😅 the entrance is a bit hard to find
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 6 March 2023 via mobile

    I would just say “speechless” but that’s not envoy to post a review. From the moment we drove onto the property we had an amazing experience. It feels like you are staying at someone’s very nice home. The staff is impeccable. It is very romantic as everything is suited for couples to relax, have a little day time adventure and then meet others doing the same.

    Room tip: Be ready to relax in this peaceful property.
    Date of stay: January 2023
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 1 February 2023

    Blanket Bay was the final “luxury country lodge” at which we stayed, and in many ways I feel like we saved the best for last. Located about 45 minutes from Queenstown, it has a completely different feel. The lodge has a spectacular setting on the lake with amazing mountain views. Our room was large and well-appointed. The food was wonderful, as was the service. Special mention to our breakfast/lunch server Natalie who outshone everyone (and that’s a very high bar.) The lodge has a family feel to it as well—the owners came by to talk with us one night. In terms of activities, we took a number of walks and hikes in the area, we did a photography excursion with Glen Howey, we used the fitness center at the Lodge, and we also made sure to have plenty of “lodge time” for reading and relaxing. Blanket Bay is a truly special place and we hope to return some day.

    Date of stay: January 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 11 January 2023 via 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.

    Room tip: To do the walks we did will require a good level of fitness and mobility as some of the tracks are rough in parts and the weather can change
    Date of stay: January 2023
    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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