Best Wilderness Retreats In The World: Bay Of Many Coves, South Island

Reviews : Accommodation

Name: Bay of Many Coves Resort

Location: New Zealand

The Marlborough Sounds is a water world of valleys drowned by ocean. Long fingers of ridges stretch out into the Cook Strait as the land mottles and breaks up into bays, inlets, coves and jagged islands. Fishing craft, water taxis and kayaks weave in between them.

Only accessible by boat or helicopter, the Bay of Many Coves hotel has a secluded location. Discover the romance of one of Nature’s finest sanctuaries. Set in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, our luxury five star resort-style accommodation nestles amid a rolling landscape of untouched native bush that reaches down to kiss the shoreline of their tranquil bay.

Tucked into a cove on Queen Charlotte Sound, its rooms face the cobalt-blue waters and the encircling Sounds. The hotel also has an excellent restaurant which sources 80% of its cuisine locally.

Every inch of land here is carpeted in native forest and bush, reaching right down to the shoreline. We recommend venturing out on one of the walking trails that begin at the hotel, possibly joining up with the 71 km (44 mile) Queen Charlotte Track, which winds its way from Ship Cove towards the mainland. It’s also a great base for heading out on a tasting tour of the Blenheim wineries.

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Bay of Many Coves Resort

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