I stayed at BOMC for two nights in a 2 bed apartment with my husband and 4 yo son. It was such a unique experience to stay in a luxury environment in such a remote part of the Sound. Elaine and Murray were simply wonderful throughout our short visit.
We arrived on a wonderfully sunny and warm day just after Christmas by private boat transfer from Picton (we joined the shared water taxi for the return trip). It was an exhilarating journey that I think any child would enjoy and my son was in awe. The journey out to Arthur's Bay is spectacular and seeing the dramatic scenery from the water is an absolute must in Queen Charlotte Sound. Then before you know it you spot BOMC built into the hillside. Like most people mentioned we had a warm welcome at the jetty from Elaine and Murray who gave us a tour of the property and showed us to our room - our little one was offered a couple of biscuits which he devoured. I loved the architectural style of the modern cabins that sit nestled in the hillside looking completely at ease in nature. The two bed, two bathroom apartment was well appointed in a clean scandi style with kitchenette and a laundry cupboard with washer and dryer. The bathrooms had huge walk in showers and there were lots of super fluffy towels. There was fresh milk and a bowl of fresh fruit provided plus further snacks and wine via the minibar. There were local touches like blankets from Stansborough, who made the cloaks in Lord of the Rings. I mention the cosy blankets as we needed them the following day when the weather significantly turned.
The driving reason for staying here is the view as far as I am concerned. I could lie back in bed and watch boats and dolphins passing, listen to bird song and completely escape. All three of us took up water watching hoping (and failing) to see an Orca but we slowly turned into bird geeks and loved watching the boats come and go.
I took part in the complimentary wine tasting session with the other guests given by Murray. He's definitely passionate about New Zealand wine and that's certainly infectious. It was a very enjoyable hour spent with a small group drinking good Sauvignon blanc and sharing NZ travel stories.
We ate (and drank) at the jetty Bight cafe, in the Foredock restaurant, breakfast in the lounge and even had room service. The Foredock restaurant has a policy that children must have dined before 7pm which I was aware of before we arrived and we actually never ate in there with our son. Instead he had room service and then we ate in the restaurant later using a listening device and popping back to the room to check on him.
Overall it's not an overly children friendly environment but you're also not made to feel unwelcome. By this I mean that you aren't going to find a playpark but in one corner of the Bight cafe there were toys. There is lots of child friendly outdoor fun though down at the beach and on some of the easier walks - base trail, loop track and to the waterfall all of which we all enjoyed. with our son we spent a lot of time looking for birds like Weka and the (smelly!) cormorants and spotting interesting bugs and plants. We would have used the pool but it was too chilly and the hot tub was broken. If we'd had another warm sunny day like the one when we arrived I think we would have gone out in the row boat too...... My son loved it though and actually cried when we left - he said he liked the room and the walk to the waterfall best. I also think he was getting quite used to being able to ask for any type of food and someone bringing it to him.
The staff throughout the resort were incredibly personable and keen to "chat" which I think makes a huge difference. Plus our son was greeted by name by pretty much all of them, and his teddy was asked after too. Small things but big impact especially since so many of the staff had only just started for the season and were only 2 weeks in. My highlights were the heavenly solitude the location afforded, the amazing view, huge comfy beds and wonderfully powerful showers.
Personally on reflection I think we should have booked 3 nights rather than 2 to have got the most out of this beautiful location. Especially as we'd had to cancel our stay in Kaikoura due to the earthquake. Another night would have meant we could have gone out to Motuara Island or a marine life cruise. We'll just have to wait till next time.
- 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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- Bay Of Many Coves Hotel Picton