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Bay of Many Coves
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Arthurs Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 January 2009

We stayed at the Bay of Many Coves Resort for 2 nights and wished it could have been for longer.

The resort is gorgeous - we loved the fact it was quite small and the rooms were very private. We had room 101 which was closest to the water and had the most magnificent view - at times it felt like you were almost in the water. The room was beyond our expectations, very spacious and well-fitted. Waking up each morning in the beautiful king size bed with such a magnificant view is something we will always remember.

The service was very good and the staff always helpful and friendly. We made our booking via email with Francie who was very helpful in answering our questions along the way. Adam met us at the boat and showed us around the resort and to our room as well as suggesting a suitable day walk on the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track - he was always happy to assist and very friendly. The size of the resort results in a more personal level of service. On advising that the spa facility was not available during our stay due to unforeseen circumstances, manager Lisa offered a discount to our room rate which was unexpected but most welcome.

The food in the restaurant was excellent with a very relaxing atmosphere and good service.

We certainly hope to return soon to this beautiful resort.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2009

My partner and I stayed at the Bay of Many Coves for Christmas 2008 and had a wonderful time.

The resort itself is beautiful, and I do not believe the website really does it justice. The resort is only accessible by water taxi which adds a special air of seclusion, privacy and safety to the hotel. The rooms are better referred to as 'suites' as each comprises a living room, bedroom and bathroom. I think they are all very similar, with very modern comfortable furnishings. The cabins themselves have won a number of architectural awards (on display in the breakfast area) and we loved the way they felt so in tune with the surroundings: each morning we were woken by the sound of thousands of birds singing all around us.

The service throughout was charming: we were met from the Cougar line by Francie the duty manager, who greeted us by name even though we arrived on an earlier boat than we had originally booked. It's one of the advantages of being such a small resort! Throughout the staff (Adam in particular) couldn't do enough to help us. Many of the staff were only season workers who were travelling around New Zealand which added something different to the service: they were all fun and chatty and had interesting stories to tell about their travels!

The thing which really blew me away was that room service was at no extra cost: if you wanted to take meals in your room you had only to make a call and your choice of food would be delivered to eat in your room or on the balcony.

For those looking to make use of the cooking facilities within their rooms, you can place food orders from the mainland and a boat will collect anything for you. We ordered beers and wine which was no problem and just turned up in our room.

The food in the restaurant was really superb, we didn't have a single bad meal, and all of the ingredients were obviously top notch.

In response to the post below which suggested that the resort was overpriced, I really strongly disagree. I feel that given the quality of the food, and that the visitors to the resort are a 'captive audience', the restaurant could charge far more than they did - the prices were comparable to any of the restaurants we ate in at Auckland or elsewhere in New Zealand. In addition as each person is welcome to order alcohol from the supermarket on the mainland and drink it in the resort, high alcohol prices (we didn't think the alcohol was expensive, I must add) shouldn't put one off the thought of a visit.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 October 2008

We we given a night's stay at the Resort as a Gift and we were delighted with the experience. We stayed in a one bedroom suite which was just magical - loved the wooden louvered sides that open up to let the birdsong and sunshine in. The attention to detail at the Resort is lovely, everything little thing has been thought about to make your stay more comfortable.
We had a light snack in the restaurant in the evening and we were really impressed with the quality of the food - I had a great lobster bisque. We also used the room's cooking facilities during our stay - well appointed and not skimping on kitchen gear like some places.

We topped the night off with a hot spa under the stars - perfect.

Before we left the following day we had coffee and cake in the guest lounge, where the service was again of a really high standard and the cake was obviously made on the premises and delicious.

What we really liked about the whole trip was that even though the Resort is obviously high-end, it's not pretentious - it's very comfortable and we felt very spoiled to have spent a night there.

Definately worth a visit.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 October 2008

A friend told us about "Bay of Many Coves," and we are so grateful for the recommendation. We love it. The rooms are super comfortable, really nicely appointed (nice details like great throw blankets to stay warm) and the views are just gorgeous. The meals were yummy and the staff was exceptional. We enjoyed massages and a boat ride as well as hanging out reading books. Lisa and Mark were just so wonderful and inviting when we arrived we felt immediately comfortable. We were looking to explore the natural beauty and culture of New Zealand as well as get some rest and relaxation, which is just what we found. That said, you can make this trip as restful or adventurous as you want. There are lots of options. We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank CANDP08
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Reviewed 26 March 2008

fantastic location right on the marlborough sounds, only accessible by boat and that makes it unique for a singaporean like me! Good looking modern rooms, spacious with a separate sitting area and balcony and surprisingly self contained. (would have to cart all your supplies there though!)

The food was yummy and surprisingly not exorbidantly priced, you would think that they would want to take advantage of the fact that you are so remote and have to eat there. I love the rooms, the view and some of the activities that we did....like fishing. They provide all supplies for fishing which is pretty cool as we are 'fishing virgins'.

The service was ok sometimes a little inconsistent but Jian was great!! Good guy. I undertsand that many of their service staff are somewhat transient on maybe a 12 months contract and that could explain it.

We did a half day trip out on the Lady Karen which was arranged by the hotel and the boat is skippered by a chap called Gordon Low. He was very hospitable and warm and we saw a whole pod of dolphins (like 30 of them or something) and they swam with the boat whic was fantastic and we managed to catch our own lunch as well. I would certainly recommend a trip out on the Lady Karen, Gordon was an excellent 'host'!

All in all a lovely property and I would return.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank peonylim
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Reviewed 16 January 2008

A great place in the sunshine and staffed with lovely people who want you to have a good time

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Deighan
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Reviewed 26 November 2007

This is a truly special place. One you won't forget. The views and scenary are amazing. The accomodation is comfortable and luxurious. We had a balcony, music and a great bathroom. The bed and towels and sofas were all really soft and cosy. The restaurant was great too and the service was fab. The food was scrummy and we were sad not to be able to eat there for the rest of our trip. We caught a ferry to the start of the Queen Charlotte Track which was a gorgeous walking location.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Queen Charlotte Sound | Private Bag 382, Arthurs Bay 7250, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Arthurs Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Arthurs Bay
Price Range: £402 - £1,059 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bay of Many Coves 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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