We’ve stayed in some amazing places around the world but Blanket Bay tops them all. Blanket Bay is one of the few places I’ve heard of before I started doing research on places to stay in New Zealand. It’s billed as the best luxury lodge in the country and I have to agree.
We stayed at the Bronte Lodge, Hapuku Tree House Lodge, Minaret Lodge, Portage Resort Hotel, Te Waonui, Vintners Retreat, Fiordland Lodge in New Zealand. All of which were excellent but none of them compared to Blanket Bay.
One of the best surprises in travel is the upgrade. You always want it, should never expect it, and are always happy when you get it. We had booked a standard room but were surprised to be upgraded to a suite upon arrival. While I’m sure all the 16 rooms are great the corner suite we had was very luxurious. It has just entered the shoulder season so hotel occupancies around the country were down. This wasn’t just the case at Blanket Bay. We were the only guests at the Hapuku Tree House Lodge and only 1 of 2 couples at the Te Waonui in Franz Josef. If (more likely when) we go back we would choose the same time of year because the weather is still great and the chance for upgrades and more personalized service are great.
View from our private balcony at Blanket Bay
The location is one the biggest draws of Blanket Bay. It’s only about 30 minutes from Queenstown but it feels like its in the middle of no where. The lodge is also amazing. Look at the photos below. They speak for themselves. Blanket Bay just did everything right. From the wine tasting before dinner to breakfast delivered to our room at 5am so we could do the early morning hot air balloon ride to the impeccable service to the best view from a jacuzzi we’ve ever had… it was perfect.
Gallery of pics from in and around Blanket Bay
Check out a travel channel show that was done on Blanket Bay after the jump. It’s a 23 minute show on Blanket Bay and some of the activities around the lodge. We did the joat boating featured in the show and the hot air balloon ride (will be posting about that shortly). The only thing we didn’t do is the helicopter ride to the secret fishing spot. We tried to do that but all the rivers were very high due to the large amounts of rain they had in the previous weeks so they wouldn’t run the trip for us (maybe next time).