I was between jobs and had a few days before starting the new one. Was looking for a new part of New Zealand to explore and came across this resort. And what a find it is. Nestled in the bays and hills at the top of the South Island it is a true retreat. In fact I debated whether to write this review as I do not want the resort to become too popular!
First impressions count and when our seaplane was not there to meet us at Auckland Airport a quick call to our travel agent who then spoke to the hotel had all of our travel arrangements re-done and charged on to our room. This included a small flight and the water taxi transfer. A great start after being let down by another transport provider.
We were met at the jetty by Nick and Pip and bags were taken off us and up to the room. Ours was a two bedroom (we only needed one) at the top of the resort which afforded privacy and stunning views.
The room is essentially a wooden chalet which fits into the surrounding landscape. Furnishings are quite comfortable but not overly luxurious. Great to be able to open the wide door onto the balcony and enjoy some of the freshest air in the world. There is also a dining table and kitchenette if you wish to self cater - we did not but gorged ourselves in the restaurant! I know it is about enjoying the scenery but the television is quite small and oddly located if you do decide to watch a DVD of which there are a number available.
Bedroom was a nice and a good size, also with windows that opened widely. Good quality linens really finished it off nicely. Bathroom was also a good size with decent ventilation. Local NZ toiletries seemed of good quality too.
First night we dined a la carte in the restaurant and had a great feast with lovely wines from a decent cellar. We were also impressed with the range of champagne available - one of our weaknesses. A hint, if you want the degustation this has top be organised 24 hours in advance. We did this for our second night. A nice touch was that one of the team (our waiter whose name I have now forgotten) took us for a walk after dinner to see the glow worms - very much worth it, even after a few wines!!
Great also to experience the breakfast which was extensive (and for us included). Nothing was too much trouble, including the fact we were running a bit late. In fact, we were being pushed to try everything on the menu!! I recommend trying the dumplings!!
There are also a number of walks around the resort which are generally well marked. IF there is any doubt then I recommend that you take Merlot, the resident guide dog, with you. He is always eager for a walk, knows the way and will look out for you after he has darted on ahead. This was definately the case when we took the second path, also known as the path less travelled (!!), and Merlot was very helpful and encouraging. Best part for me was that he cam and raced down to the boat when we were leaving so he could say goodbye!
I should also thank Pip for cleaning our boots whilst we were at dinner - a very kind and warm touch and appreciated.
Second night was our degustation and I would highly recommend this. The beauty of this is that it will change all the time depending on what ingredients the chef has and of course seasonality.
We also had room service on our last night and enjoyed some delicious burgers washed down with a red wine.
I could not more strongly recommend this resort. It offers a relaxation in a beautiful setting with wonderful hosts and dining.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a short water taxi ride from Picton Harbour, and within easy reach of all major New Zealand airports, you’ll find a slice of pure paradise.At Bay of Many Coves, we will make you feel right at home in the tranquil Marlborough Sounds. You’ll find a world of adventure waiting right at the end of our private jetty and in the bush-clad hills all around. Or you may simply want to relax within our luxury facilities and beautiful surroundings. So pure, so natural, so full of new experiences: at Bay of Many Coves, luxury has found a new expression. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Of Many Coves Hotel Picton