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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 Apr 2024via mobile
An absolutely incredible stay at an amazing property. All aspects were perfection. The food each night was beyond incredible with wonderful rotating menus. The chef was also happy to accommodate a change based on preferences.

Additionally the staff was super helpful in planning activities.

The spa is also incredible here. Make sure to plan time for a massage. It’s simply life changing.
Date of stay: March 2024
Room Tip: Make sure to schedule a massage
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 6 April 2024

    This hotel is truly outstanding. From the gracious welcome to the final moment, we loved every second of our two nights. We didn’t want to leave. Superb staff; beautiful lodge ambiance; lovely rooms; great atmosphere; fantastic views; beautiful dining spots; great food and a special cocktail gathering. Every effort was made to make us feel special including arrangement of trips and celebration of my husband’s birthday and our anniversary. We will definitely return if we can. If you go to the South Island do not miss this hotel

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    Date of stay: March 2024
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 17 February 2024 via mobile

    Blanket Bay was an amazing experience. Customer service was excellent. Meeting other guests during cocktail hour was so enjoyable. I’m glad we had 4 nights there.

    The rooms are old school (don’t expect a desk) and well maintained so a guest has to be happy with the “ lodge” feel.

    The property is large and beautiful. Gorgeous views of the lake.

    Food is excellent. The accommodated my food allergies and once I thought they could have been more creative for my substitution.

    We did a helicopter tour of the Southern Alps. The helicopter picks you up on the front lawn. It was an amazing experience!! Dart boat adventure was ok, too long. Hiking is great!!

    Date of stay: January 2024
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 4 January 2024 via mobile

    The arrival sequence is magnificent, and the wow never ceases. Views are majestic and serene- the rooms designed to optimize comfort. It’s hard to leave that cocoon, but the whole place invites you to partake. Casual leather sofas nested our conversations after magical mountain hikes. The heli tour took off from the front lawn. Meals were served in cozy intimate nooks that felt private but lively. Staff was entirely gracious and welcoming. We always looked forward to the happy hour preceding dinner. The rustic elegance invites you to stay, and I’d love to return.

    Room tip: Earnshaw Suite was fabulous, with fireplace and private end views. the spa felt great after long hikes.
    Date of stay: January 2024
    Trip type: Travelled with friends
    Thank sunny a
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    Reviewed 20 December 2023 via mobile

    I had my expectations set extremely high due to the positive reviews of the property and my previous experiences in New Zealand lodges and Relaix and Chateau properties. Unfortunately I was left feeling disappointed.

    Positives:
    1. The location of the lodge is breath-taking. Set on the shores of lake Wakatipu overlooking snow-capped Mount Bonpland your first impression is Wow! The beauty and serenity of the location is undoubtedly unique and impressive, and I couldn’t get enough of the view.

    2. Arrival and check-in was seamless. In fact there was no formal check-in but rather just a tour of the property whilst they quickly placed our luggage in the room. No forms to complete or credit card exchange.

    3. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, greeting you with smiling faces and eager to assist.

    4. The beds, pillows and linens are incredibly soft and comfortable, and combined with the silence of the location you will have an amazing sleep.

    5. Breakfast has a nice mix of cold buffet items (cold meats, cheese, pastries, yoghurt) and your choice of hot dish including a traditional full breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown and black pudding, eggs Benedict, omelette or really anything you choose. It’s relaxed and uncomplicated.

    Negatives:
    1. The lodge room is just that, a rather small, drab room with no living/sofa area, no desk, no fireplace. This compares unfavorably with the base category at Huka Lodge which is a junior suite almost 50% larger with sofa, fireplace and French doors which open on to the lawn and river.

    2. Whilst the bedding is soft and enveloping the towels unfortunately are course and scratchy.

    3. The lodge has an odd mix of woods which aesthetically don’t match. The floors and doors are a highly glossed orange color wood whilst the roof and timbers are a rustic unvarnished dark brown. They clash.

    4. The main living room has high ceilings with amazing views and is beautiful. However the bar is unappealing and the games room in the basement has zero ambience or charm and feels drab.

    5. There are very few areas to sit and relax outside despite there being vast lawns to utilize. In fact, it’s really only poolside that has loungers, and the cushions for these were away being cleaned during our stay. They should invest in comfortable loungers / steamer chairs placed in the gardens overlooking the lake.

    6. Unlike Huka Lodge where there are at least 6 locations throughout the property where you can dine, Blanket Bay really only offer the indoor restaurant and patio outdoor area. That’s a shame given the size of the property.

    7. Dinner at Blanket Bay is a 4-course set menu which changes every evening. Be prepared for complicated dishes which utilize anything and everything the chef was able to source that day. This means that sometimes the flavors become confused and what should be the star of each dish becomes overtaken by other elements.

    If location is the deciding factor for your choice of lodge then it’s difficult to beat the location of Blanket Bay. However, in terms of accommodation, food and value for money I would recommend Huka Lodge over Blanket Bay. Huka Lodge feels smaller and more intimate. Its base category rooms are beautiful junior suites on the river with living areas and fireplaces to curl up in front of. It has multiple distinct dining areas dotted around the property to give you privacy and the dining is less complicated whilst retaining the high quality and flavors unique to New Zealand. When you consider the price point is similar for both properties the choice is clear.

    Date of stay: December 2023
    Trip type: Travelled with family
    5  Thank LondonMark_UK
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    Reviewed 24 November 2023

    Exceptional and Magnificent in every way. Excellent location, dreamy lake and mountain views, lots of pretty grounds to walk on, superb service, friendly and courteous staff, excellent food—breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of the best massages I’ve ever had—ask for Pascale!! This resort was just EVERYTHING LUXURY… and they paid attention to every little detail. Thanks to Andrew, Steph, Nina, Pascale and all the other amazing Blanket Bay staff.
    My husband and I are very grateful to you for making our stay so delightful!!! We will be back!!

    Date of stay: October 2023
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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