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“Magnifique”
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Blanket Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Magnifique”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

Our stay at Blanket Bay was definitely the highlight of the holiday I had in NZ.

We were greeted at the door by Anna who quickly whisked us away on a tour of the lodge before showing us our room (which they so kindly upgraded). Everything about this place was exceptional and words couldn't possibly explain how much we enjoyed the whole experience. Dare I say it, you haven't lived till you've been to Blanket Bay.

Thank you Judy, Ruth, Anna and the rest of the staff for your heartwarming hospitality and making it such a memorable stay. I'm sure I'll see you again soon.

Zabrina

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Merci for your kind remarks. It was lovely having you stay, thanks for choosing Blanket Bay. The girls you refer to all enjoyed meeting you, I'm sorry I missed out on that pleasure. Hopefully we will see you back with us before too long. A one night stay was far too short!
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

This place is amazing. We had the best time ever. From heli skiing to the most amazing food and massages ever. Had a ball and looking at going back to do a bit of heli biking. The staff are super friendly. Thanks to all the staff that made our stay awesome. Jake and Gem. Can't wait to come again.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review, 28 July 2013
There are times when everything just goes right. Some would say 'luck' but I would say 'fortune favours the brave’. It was so much fun having you both with us. You picked the most perfect day to enjoy heli-skiing. The helicopter arrived on the front lawn on a cold, clear and crisp morning. I can tell you the guides enjoyed the day as much as you did as the snow conditions were perfect. There are so many unique experience to be had from Blanket Bay as we can call on some of the best guides in the world to take guests into this spectacular part of the world. Let us know when the next adventure beckons; heli-biking would be another awesome choice!
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

My wife and I visited Blanket Bay in May. It was an extraordinary experience. The rooms, food, and staff were all spectacular. In particular, the staff made us feel as if we were friends and not merely guests. We especially appreciated their candid travel advice (it was our first trip to NZ) and the quick, discreet manner in which they arranged tours, food, etc.

We will return!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review, 16 June 2013
It was great to read you and your wife enjoyed your stay with us so much. It was lovely having you with us. Thank you for taking the time to send in your report to Trip Advisor. One of the things you mentioned was our commitment to ensure you experienced the best of the many activities on offer in this region. It gives us all a lot of pleasure to know you had so much fun during your holiday. We look forward to your return.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

We celebrated two family birthdays at Blanket Bay over the weekend. From making the booking through to departure, everything was perfect.

We arrived by helicopter with Heliworks after a trip to the Earnslaw Burn, this was an excellent way to arrive. We were welcomed by the lovely staff on the lawn and one of the couples was returning guests and this was acknowledged which made them feel special.

We stayed in the Chalet with the shared Stateroom which was perfect for our family occasion. The rooms are beautifully appointed and the main lodge is absolutely stunning and the scale of everything is awe inspiring.

You are certainly made to feel like you are in somebodies house (a grand one at that) and you can make yourself at home, we really enjoyed this approach and you could immediately relax.

We enjoyed quite possibly the best meal we have ever experienced and the Chef Corey Hume is to be commended for his beautiful menu of fresh and local produce. The breakfast the following morning was also 10/10.

The only downside was we weren’t there for long enough, definitely a 3+ night destination and we will certainly be back.

Every visitor and New Zealander who appreciates excellent service and beautiful accommodation should have Blanket Bay on their list.

Thank you to all the team at Blanket Bay for a wonderful weekend and looking after us so well!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review, 21 May 2013
Gosh, what an amazing report. Thank you. I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you during your all-too-short stay with us. What I do know is, you will have been well taken care of by Judy, Karen and Ruth’s restaurant team. It is always super to have friends and family travelling together and especially pleasing to see guests returning with friends in tow. Flying in by helicopter is such a dramatic way to arrive. It was a great choice coming via The Earnslaw Burn with all the waterfalls and hanging glacier, it takes a lot of beating. One of our most experienced pilots rates this spot as his favourite landing in New Zealand. Chef Corey Hume and his brigade get enormous pleasure receiving such feedback. They are a really passionate and talented collection of chefs who take pride in their craft and enjoy creating a new evening menu every night. He has posted your report in the kitchen for all to see. Thanks again for taking the time to send in your comments to Tripadvisor. Come back soon!
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

We wanted to stay somewhere special for our 25th wedding anniversary and Blanket Bay Lodge exceeded our expectation. The property is stunningly beautiful set in a tranquil environment in an amazing landscape, sweeping lawns overlook Lake Wakatipu with snow capped mountains beyond, the surroundings are impressive. The lodge is extremely warm and the atmosphere relaxing, the decor features mainly timber and schist. All of the staff are professional, knowledgeable and are skilled in anticipating your needs. The suites are inviting and have fireplaces, comfortable lounge chairs and are tastefully decorated with amazing views. We were extremely well looked after and moving from a chalet suite to a suite in the lodge was no problem at all. The chef and his team prepare outstanding meals, the degustation courses are superb and the quality and presentation are the best. There are so many activities that can be done from the lodge or close by. We had a fantastic time and we look forward to returning in the near future.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review, 21 May 2013
Celebration of anniversaries, honeymoons, birthdays and special occasions are such fun to host. Thank you for choosing Blanket Bay to mark the wonderful occasion of your 25th Wedding Anniversary. We know Blanket Bay is in a special part of the world. Apart from the majesty of our location, as you say, there are so many great activities to enjoy from the lodge. I know you certainly explored what activities are on offer. The owners of the lodge will be thrilled to read your compliments regarding the design and interior decoration of their property. My team and I are delighted that you felt well cared for. Chef Corey Hume and his brigade are particularly pleased to hear they hit the spot with his cuisine. Thank you, please don’t wait another twenty five years before coming back!
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

My wife and I stayed in a Chalet Suite. We enjoyed every moment of this great experience set in an area of stunning beauty and tranquillity. . Great venue, staff, service and food and great company with some old friends. A most memorable experience. We have travelled widely over much of the World and Blanket Bay Lodge is a 'must do' experience for any discerning visitor to the Southern Lakes area of New Zealand

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review, 19 May 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a report about your stay with us. It was fun to have you at the lodge and particularly to learn by complete co-incidence we had other local guests in-house the same night who were such close friends of yours. You'll have to make the get together an annual event!
It is a delight to see more and more New Zealand guests staying 'at home', and enjoying the low season rates we offer over the winter period.
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

The Blanket Bay experience is one not to be missed. The location spectacular, the lodge phenomenal, the food flawless and the staff amazing. The experience was a great way to celebrate our wedding annivesary however we will make any excuse to go back. it was a pleasing remember that we have some fantastic hospitality right on our own door step.

Room Tip: keep your reason for travelling in mind, request a chalet if you are wanting total privacy
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Philip J, General Manager at Blanket Bay, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Thanks so much for endorsing us Tyler, come back soon!
Whilst it is an amazing privilege to look after our international visitors from all over the world and proudly show them the best of New Zealand, it is a real pleasure to see more and more ‘locals’ exploring and enjoying their own country. This report is testimony to the fact that New Zealand has come of age in the luxury lodge market. We are confident we can offer a quality of service which matches any to be found on the planet and you don't have to travel for hours to get here.
To all Kiwis, try out one of the New Zealand Luxury lodges near you or come on down to the deep south, we would love to see you here.
Now is the time to do it taking advantage of our off season rates and breathe in the crisp mountain champagne air.
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Property: Blanket Bay
Address: Rapid 4191 Glenorchy Queenstown Road | PO Box 35, Glenorchy 9350, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Glenorchy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Glenorchy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Blanket Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This stunning backcountry retreat sits on the lakeshore 45 minutes outside Queenstown in the Southern Alps New Zealand. Lofty beamed ceilings, rock fireplaces and vast picture windows frame the heroic stone and timber lodge housing the Great Room, Den, Game Room, Gym, spa and several indoor/outdoor dining venues.Thirteen rooms offer every conceivable amenity. Activities include an outdoor lap pool, bush walks, fly-fishing, jet boating, horse riding and scenic heli-flights ... more   less 
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