This lodge felt like I was staying in a luxurious friend's home. The beds are comfortable with great sheets and pillows. The common areas are inviting. There is a big comfortable couch in front of the den’s huge window. I loved to lie there in the am, drink cappuccino and reflect. The views are awe- inspiring and peaceful. The staff is wonderful- especially Judy. They will help you organize many different excursions. We did a helicopter tour of the S. Island which was one of the most exciting things I have ever done. They dropped us off on the top of a mountain and we hiked for 2 hours with a guide and had lunch. (Easy hike- I am not a hiker) The helicopter picked us back up and dropped us in several beautiful places. This lodge it is perfect for a relaxing time away from it all. It is very secluded and far (1.5 hours) from any towns or restaurants. The food is great and the scenery was majestic. It is not the place to see and be seen. It is the place to retreat in luxury and privacy. You mingle with the other guests but there were only 4 – 6 other couples when we were there. That was one of the things I liked about it. We stayed 3 nights and I would have liked to have stayed 2 more. Besides the helicopter ride, hiking and the dart boats (which were great) there is not a lot to do on property. However, Queenstown is 1.5 hours away and it is the adventure capital of the world with parachuting, bungee jumping, and hang gliding. There are 4-6 golf courses close by. Blanket Bay is the perfect place to hide away and write a book. I live in a big city so I loved the seclusion and I was sorry to leave. I am certain that I will visit again. It is very expensive, about $1000 a night, which covered breakfast and dinner. It was worth every penny! I close my eyes and visualize this place when I want to relax. Go in autumn. The tree colors are picturesque. We were there in April and the weather was perfect (65-75 degrees).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Blanket Bay Hotel Queenstown