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Bay Of Many Coves

Picton, Marlborough

Bay of Many Coves is a stylish luxury lodge tucked into a cove of Queen Charlotte Sound in New Zealand’s stunning Marlborough Sounds. It's the ideal base for exploring, and fine-dining and exceptional service await at the end of your day's adventures.

At a Glance

  • Fantastic water-front accommodation in the spectacular Marlborough Sounds

  • Flexible, apartment-style accommodation to accommodate couples and families alike

  • Easy access to the waters of the Sounds, by boat or by kayak

  • Spend your days swimming with dolphins, taking yacht charters out on the water or visiting the nature reserve of Motuara Island

  • Perfectly positioned to walk all or part of the famous Queen Charlotte Track

  • Exquisite gourmet food and matching wine list

  • Access is only by boat or helicopter, giving you a true away-from-it-all feeling

Food & wine, Couples, Eco/ethical tourism, Family

Insider's View

Come with an appetite - the food at Bay of Many Coves is exceptional, with a wine-list to match!

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Insider's View

The suites are a modern architectural take on a traditional “bach”, a simple coastal dwelling found in New Zealand with wooden walls and outdoor bathrooms

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Insider's View

For a real treat, book the 7-course degustation menu for one evening. It's a must-do during your stay.

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Insider's View

An astonishing twenty percent of New Zealand’s coastline makes up the Marlborough Sounds, but only two percent of the population live here, making it beautifully unspoiled and remote

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Insider's View

The resort has planted more than 13,000 native trees and plants to restore the natural habitat

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Tea lovers rejoice - there are twenty kinds of tea available to choose from!

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Bay Of Many Coves or take a look at our itineraries to Marlborough and Nelson

Description

Bay of Many Coves is a beautiful and luxurious lodge located in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, accessed only by boat or helicopter. It’s the ideal base for active types looking to get out exploring the Sounds by boat, kayak or on foot, or exploring the more remote islands by helicopter with a picnic. But the tranquillity of the setting lends itself equally to simply relaxing and enjoying the serenity of the Sounds.

Twelve wooden suites overlook the bay of the same name in the Queen Charlotte Sound, each with a cozy lounge, kitchen and dining area and balcony, all with a focus on soaking up the beautiful views. There are plenty of luxurious touches such as underfloor heating in the bathrooms, soft woollen blankets made locally, and New Zealand-made bathroom products. There are floor-to-ceiling glass windows allowing you to enjoy the views from wherever you are, and shutters to open up your shower to the outdoors if you wish. The focus is on making the most of natural materials, using local woods, stone colors, woollen blankets and fine linens. There are one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom suites available, and a premium Keruru suite offering the ultimate privacy.

Dining is very much a part of the experience of your stay, and the food here is amongst the very best you’ll find in New Zealand. Dinners are a-la-carte with suggested wines to match each dish, and no stay is complete without trying out the seven course degustation menu, a real highlight. Owner Murray is a real wine aficionado and works closely with the chefs to match the menus to the wine list (not the other way around), and offers wine tasting and advice to guests. His wife Elaine also lives on site, and the pair make wonderful hosts, ensuring you have everything you need to have a memorable stay. They can arrange truly unique excursions to explore the area, as well as more traditional experiences such as boat trips and kayaking.

Accommodation

Bay of Many Coves offers 3 apartment-style accommodations, starting from 1-Bedroom Apartments, up to the fantastic family friendly 3-Bedroom Apartments.

As well as offering a choice of fine dining experiences within the hotel, your apartment is equipped with excellent cooking facilities and provisions can be brought in from a range of well-stocked establishments in Picton.

In addition to the appartments is the Kereru Suite, a dedicated space ideal for couples wanting more privacy and relaxation. With private entry onto the expansive yet secluded deck with outstanding views and your own private spa pool, this suite takes luxury to the next level.

Childcare

Children of all ages are welcome at the Bay of Many Coves. However, as they pride themselves on creating and maintaining a sophisticated and relaxing environment for all of their guests, they do ask that you respect this by ensuring that children do not compromise the enjoyment of others.

The Foredeck restaurant is designed to provide a sophisticated and romantic dining experience and they therefore ask that young children not be in the Foredeck Restaurant after 7pm. They are pleased to offer alternative (and perhaps more suitable) evening dining options for children including the Bight Café (prior to 5.30pm), the Kumutage, or Room Service in your apartment.

Facilities

Food and beverage facilities include Kumutage all day guest lounge, Foredeck Restaurant and Bight Cafe with Room Service available.

Location & Directions

Picton, Marlborough

Bay of Many Coves Resort is situated in Queen Charlotte Sound and regional attractions include Mabel Island, Motuara Island, and Edwin Fox. Additional regional attractions include Edwin Fox Museum and Picton Harbour.

When to go

The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.

Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Bay Of Many Coves or take a look at our itineraries to Marlborough and Nelson

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