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Delightful lodge, fabulous service

Review of BLANKET BAY
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 Nov 2023via mobile
This was the last lodge we stayed in on our two week tour of the South Island. We had previously just visited The Bay of Many Coves, The Lindis and Mahu Whenua, so had both been really spoiled and had our expectations ratcheted up.

No fear - Blanket Bay did not disappoint, held its head up and in various respects poked it out of the top of the sunroof!

The lodge is stunning. Think Old world charm with lots of reclaimed wood (I recommend flicking through the book on the history of the lodge in the sitting room). Our room - the smallest you can get - was lovely and more than large enough. The food was truly outstanding and the service was at another level. People you’d never met knew your name and what your food foibles were and everyone was both attentive and interesting. The Lodge has a number of chefs, which meant that even though we had 5 course dinners, they did not take 3 hours like at other lodges. I’m happy to linger, but by the time you’re on your 40th or so meal over a two week holiday, this was somewhat of a blessing.

We only got to spend two days at Blanket Bay, but did get to hike for a couple of hours up the Routeburn Track. If you’re up to it, this is well worth it. The scenery is stunning.

Due to jet lag, I’m typing this in the middle of the night having just got back to the UK. It is bringing a warm feeling of lovely memories that I will cherish. I don’t know when we’ll be back in the South Island, but I’m sure no trip will be complete without a stay at this fabulous lodge.
Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2023 via mobile

Beautiful classic lodge in a wonderful private location. The rooms are very spacious and well taken care of. The service is very professional and extremely friendly. Nice set up for pre dinner drinks and the aus;it’s of the food is excellent. Only the gym could be upgraded. We will come back.

Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 June 2023 via mobile

A magical place!

We eloped to Blanket Bay in June 2022 and it was an unbelievable experience.

Firstly, we can’t thank the staff enough for everything, what a fantastic, genuine group of people.

The lodge and surrounds are spectacular. The nightly degustation dinner was some of the best food we have ever eaten. (Goats cheese tortellini with honeycomb, burnt butter & pine nuts was addictive, thanks chef for the extra portion)

Other highlights, the room with mountain views, dinner by the outdoor fireplace, the lake for a cold plunge, cocktail hour & the overall interior & ambiance throughout the lodge.

Oh, and we were lucky enough to wake up and see Blanket Bay covered in snow.

Thanks again Blanket Bay!

Katie + Lawrence

Date of stay: July 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 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.

Room tip: Don't arrive after dark and the rain 😅 the entrance is a bit hard to find
Date of stay: November 2022
  • 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
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