My husband and I stayed for 2 nights in December as part of a visit back to NZ to see his family, for some "couple time". We had walked the Queen Charlotte track previously so knew the area was beautiful, but the resort was in a particularly pretty location in a secluded bay. We liked the lay out with only a small number of rooms, and these being well spaced out, with fantastic water views. The apartments were well set out with balconies, day beds, very comfortable bedrooms and fresh fruit left each day. Ideal if you are happy in your own company, reading and napping as we were.
We had room service one night, then ate in the restaurant for the second night, which is the same menu so it may become limited for longer stays. We had lunch in the cafe which was lovely, and the breakfast was fantastic with great coffee. You could certainly plan to self cater as the kitchens are very functional but apart from a few nibbles and wine we didn't bother. The activities that we tried were the walk to the lookout (a tough 45 minutes uphill, then 20 minutes down) and the waterfall (an easy 10 minutes) and kayaking which was great. The pool was cold, but it is NZ, and the hot tub very pleasant. I had a massage (hot stone) which was very pleasant and I would recommend booking in.
The staff were very friendly and relaxed, Cameron and Pip were always on hand to answer queries. During our stay the majority of guests were American, and there were children at the resort, which we didn't expect but were well behaved so not an issue for us.
The eco policy of not replacing linens was fine with us, but the towels in the bathroom were not hung up, and the toiletries not replaced, when the room was serviced. This was really the only negative that I can report from our stay, and we were not bothered enough to report this but it may irritate others more.
Overall, a wonderfully relaxing break, great for couples more than singles or families in our opinion. We would love to stay again.
- 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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