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“Luxurious paradise in wonderful Marlborough Sounds”
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Bay of Many Coves
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Arthurs Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Germany
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“Luxurious paradise in wonderful Marlborough Sounds”
Reviewed 21 June 2010

We spent 4 nights at the “Bay of Many Coves Resort” in January 2010.

Location:
The resort is located 30 min by boat from Picton within the Marlborough Sounds. You have to arrange your transfers to and from the resort yourself. We pre-booked the transfer, which we can highly recommend, because the boats are very busy and frequented in the summer season. If you want to walk parts of the Queen Charlotte Track and need a boat bringing you from the resort to your start point in the morning and collecting you from another point in the afternoon, you also need to arrange a boat for this (we chose Cougarline for all this).

On arrival staff welcomes you immediately at the boat, shows you around for some minutes and brings you to your apartment. The whole staff was very friendly.

There is a little bar near the water front that offers small dishes, drinks and coffee during the day, and a restaurant for the evenings. As vegetarians, we found some dishes on the bar’s menu, but, unfortunately, not only one vegetarian dish on the restaurant’s menu.

Apartments:
We asked by email for an apartment as secluded as possible, and were kindly told that it can be arranged. On arrival we found ourselves in an apartment just above the pool area, in the middle of the resort. When immediately talking to the management about this, they offered us to move to another apartment the next day. After moving on the next day, the apartment was just perfect. This was the only a bit negative thing: we would have appreciated to be in the “right” apartment right from the beginning. The apartments themselves are great: a modern and tasteful interior, lots of space, very luxurious and very clean. You can sit outside on your private balcony overlooking the peaceful and wonderful surroundings. In the early morning, there is an overwhelming bell bird choir! You are really in the middle of nature.

Be aware that you have to bring all your food and beverages with you. Besides the bar and the restaurant, there is no opportunity to buy things like, for example, water in larger amounts (if you do not want to drink from the tub) or food for cooking.

Taken together, we can recommend staying here. From our opinion, a stay of less than 2 nights is not worth taking the circumstance with the boat transfer, so if you have the time, we would recommend to stay at least 2 nights.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 3 June 2010

The staff is excellent and the onsite managers Nick & Pip personally tend to details. The assure the clients expectations are met. No matter what the weather is, the expierence of staying at the luxurious resort is a treat! There are also plenty of optional activities to choose from. You can bring your own food to cook in your apartment. However, be sure to enjoy the fine cuisine in their restaurant. A must do is the massage, especially after a day of hiking or exploring the sounds.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
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salt lake city, ut
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Reviewed 2 May 2010

Everything was wonderful. The rooms are great--clean, modern, open with a wonderful balcony. The food was good, the staff was wonderful. They even took us out in a boat when I thought I saw dolphins in the bay (turns out they were just birds...but they did it with a smile.) It is a little pricey, but it was one of our favorite spots.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed 15 March 2010

I stayed at the Bay of Many Coves with my husband and another couple in a 2 bedroom unit and everything was super.It is very unusual and elegant place to stay .
We stayed for three nights,two nights probably was probably right stay but we loved every minute of our time.
Nothing was too much trouble,you asked and Pip and Nick and the staff did everything to fulfil your requirements.
The slight minus is the spa which is located in a room in the staff quarters which can be noisy .
We walked/hiked to the lookout and the queen charlotte track and what luxury and style to return to.
Hot tub was fantastic and hikes were superby signposted through the forest.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Warwickshire, UK
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Reviewed 12 March 2010

Stayed here for a couple of nights on our journey through NZ. Beautiful location, absolutely brilliant staff, good food...wish I was back there! The room we has was gorgeous, with huge windows overlooking the bay. There was a mini kitchen & dining area (but I don't know where you would get the food from to cook as Picton is the nearest town and that's a 30 min boat ride away!!). The bathroom was huge, with full size toiletries and loads of towels, and the balcony also overlooked the bay. There is a small pool/sun lounger area, and a free guest laundry. I can't remember if there was WiFi, I've a feeling there was but that they discouraged people from thinking about work! There is a restaurant (lovely food, very expensive, no other option for evening meals available as this is a resort with no road access) and a cafe open during the day (didn't use this). It's not suitable for limited mobility as there are steep paths around the place. It is a 2hr walk off the Queen Charlotte track and there's lots of options for tings to do during the day eg we took a water taxi out and then walked part of the track back. All very well organised, but at those prices it should be! Absolutely no complaints about this at all!!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 March 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights during our 3 week long vacation to New Zealand. It was a much needed relaxing stop off from our travels. The highlights of the resort are the staff, the exclusivity, and the views. We really enjoyed our room and the views of the cove were amazing. We spent 1 day hiking up to the Queen Charlotte Track (and back). We also found time to sea kayak a bit. I got my wife a massage (for her birthday) and she said it was the best ever. The only downside to this place is that food options are limited, especially for dinner. The whole point of being there is to not have to leave, which we liked, but only high-end gourmet food for dinner was hard for us two nights in-a-row. It would be nice if they had a more casual, less expensive option for dinner.

Overall, highly recommended and a great place to stop, relax, and enjoy!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 2 March 2010

My husband and I had a wonderful time at the Bay of Many Coves and would return in a heartbeat. The location is wonderful - in a secluded bay that is only accessible by a 30-min or so boat ride through the sound (water taxis run frequently and are cheap). The set up of the resort is great - little huts/cottages going up the hillside, all with water views. The huts themselves are roomy, modern and spacious. There is a separate bedroom with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the bay, and there is a separate lounge/dining/kitchen area. It's really well set up. Outside there's a deck perfect for relaxing and having a glass of wine. The resort has kayaks so you can explore the bay area, and there are some good hikes up in the wilderness. There's also a very nice pool, as well as a restaurant and more casual cafe. The place has a lovely relaxed quiet atmosphere, with the occassional buzz of having people moor their boats and have a snack at the waterside cafe. Just paradise!

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bay of Many Coves
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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