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Bay of Coves

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Discover a new kind of five star luxury lodge in the Marlborough Sounds …
It’s surprisingly easy to find yourself a world away.

And, even arriving becomes part of the destination. Enjoy the all-too-brief journey from the ‘mainland’, by water or air, through some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet.

Our luxurious retreat is a sanctuary in every sense, surrounded by the timeless beauty of Nature herself in the Marlborough Sounds. A place to relax, escape the everyday and discover the exceptional.

Immerse yourself in our pristine natural setting, with bush that extends down to the very water’s edge of our secluded bay. Internationally-renowned walking tracks and adventure cruises await you on our doorstep. And, with our world-class chefs close at hand, we are dedicated to a unique experience that is unforgettably yours.

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Review date:   December 26, 2017 4:02AM
Review:   Lovely Welcoming staff! The Foredeck Restaurant was amazing! food was absolutely delicious! Big shout-out to the executive chef who opened for us to prepare an exclusive satiable 3 course dining for both partner and I!
Author:   EVOVIII888
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Review date:   February 4, 2018 10:19PM
Review:   Absolutely stunning service, beautiful well-appointed accommodation, truly delicious meals and a stunning setting - which made all the ingredients for a truly relaxing stay in this haven. Thank you! We're already planning a return visit.
Author:   Jason H
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Review date:   January 12, 2018 8:04AM
Review:   To expensive ! Transfer not included ! Restaurant with small portions and not good but expensive ! Rooms are nice ! In total 3 Stars !
Author:   Mxmln Crls
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Review date:   March 30, 2017 8:47PM
Review:   absolutely 5 star and more
Author:   Susan Peterson
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Review date:   March 22, 2015 9:39AM
Review:   If I could give 6 stars to this review I most certainly would. This place was like a dream. My wife and I were on our honeymoon (in fact we still are as I write this review), and we had no idea what to expect. Pip is the manager, and she already was helpful a day before our arrival as we had no plan of how to get there from the train, so she personally arranged our water taxi and even ate half of the cost! Arriving guests are received personally by Pip and her wonderful staff who greeted us and helped show us around and to our room. The rooms are private chalets each separately strewn amongst the trees on the hill, overlooking the private portion of the bay that is ONLY for this "hotel". There is literally nothing in that entire enclave of the bay but the hotel itself, so it's like you're in your own private island, absolutely incredible, and beautiful. The staff continued to be warm and incredible. There are only 11 rooms/chalets total, so the personalization to the care is sublime, everyone knew who we were before we introduced ourselves. By the time we got to dinner at their own restaurant, the server and chef had already been informed of my food restrictions, and came to talk to me about it at the table. The food was incredible, first rate both in presentation and taste as well as creativity. Additional things we loved about the place include but are not limited to: -Wood hot tub by the pool, with towels already folded and ready for you. -Kayaks on their dock that they will happily take out for you to go for a ride, no extra charge -Laundry. Every hotel we'd been to would charge about 5 dollars for a pair of socks it's so obscene. When we asked them what their cost for laundry was, they asked us to just separate them into whatever instructions we had (colds versus hots, colors versus whites), and they would happily take care of all of it. Free! They returned them all the same day nicely folded. Wow! -Wine tasting. Some days they invite all 11 rooms of guests to have a complimentary wine tasting, and it was really lovely. A delicious assortment of wines, a classy pairing with ceviche, and a great way to get to know the managers as well as the other guests. -Pip (the manager) also happily took my next few days of upcoming reservations on our honeymoon itinerary, made the calls for us and confirmed everything. -Merlot, their dog, never barks, and is always happy and hoping for a guest to play fetch with. -Hiking is beautiful. They have a short 20 minute loop you can take to a cute little waterfall, glow worms at night, and plenty of nice NZ bird-life along the way. You can also take a long and steep hike up to the Queen Charlotte Track, right in their backyard. -The beach that borders them is not one with sand, but rather one with rocks and tons of sea creatures, we had so much fun finding sea cucumbers, crabs and an awesome living starfish. I've never raved about a review this much, and that's saying something considering my many 5-star reviews. It's hard to believe we'll be able to afford to come back, because it is quite expensive, but you can take it from us that it's worth every penny.
Author:   Boaz Hepner
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