New Zealand is a land of wild beauty. From the rugged coastlines to the alpine interior and imperious mountains, it's a wild country that stirs the soul to wonder.
In the heart of the alpine soul of the country lies a resort called Blanket Bay - an unassuming name for a luxurious getaway that blends the beauty of NZ's wild lands with all the comfort of a modern destination.
When staying in Blanket Bay, one beautiful blend of feelings overcomes you: peace, adventure, and curiosity. Being in such a breathtaking natural landscape sparks dreams of getting on a horse and riding into the sunset to explore what the planet's beauty has to offer.
And you're in luck if that's on your mind. But first, upon arrival, guests will be shown to their rooms - and dreams of another kind will start to form.
In Blanket Bay, Guests can choose from the following:
- The Main Lodge: Standard Lodge Rooms
- Lodge Suites
- Chalet Suites
- The Villa
- Chalet Staterooms
One of our personal favorites is the Chalet. The website explains, "For those seeking a little more privacy and space our chalets have all the ingredients for a romantic retreat. Featuring open stone fireplaces, reclaimed timber and spectacular views. The chalets blend colonial New Zealand architecture with modern lodge comforts."
With plaster walls and striking wood features throughout, the Chalet accommodations feel like the ideal mountain lodge destination, with window walls to let in the fresh air and views - and fireplaces to chase away the alpine chill.
Amenities, Alpine Wilderness, Luxury
Once you've checked in and taken in the wonder that your room, it's time to get exploring or maybe stop for some chow first.
For food, there's no finer place to taste the flavors of New Zealand than the Blanket Bay kitchen. Local Chefs Jo Clarke and Dan Reynolds helm the kitchen, offering a blend of international and local bites that tempt the tastebuds and satisfy the soul.
The chefs offer in a statement on the website, "Our philosophy is to utilise bright, vivid colours in dish presentation, deliver crisp, fresh, clean flavours and textural contrasts – soft, chewy, crunchy, firm, crisp. Contemporary in style, we loosely define our flavour of Cuisine as – ‘Euro Pacific’ – tamarind, curry, sumac, dukkah, chilli, cardamom, lemongrass, ginger, miso, lime, ponzu, pink pepper all feature often in our cooking alongside traditional European ingredients and techniques.”
During Summer and Autumn, guests can eat outside on the Grand Terrace, taking in the extraordinary view. Other dining location options include the Wine Cave, Tasting Room and Outside Fireplace.
Once you're fueled up and ready to go, Blanket Bay offers a variety of outdoor and indoor activities for every level of adventurer.
Blanket Bay guests can avail themselves of concierge services to plan helicopter tours of Fiordland, a nearby World Heritage Site; ride a Wilderness Jet-Boat Safari; go horseback riding, fly fishing, or golf; and explore the fun world of heli-skiing.
The region also boasts a vibrant wine and art scene, perfect for the culture guest looking to expand their palette who maybe needs a rest from working their adventure muscles across the wild vistas around Blanket Bay.
And after a long day, there's always the Blanket Bay spa. The spa boasts two therapy suites with a wide variety of programs including aromatherapy, health wraps, massages, reflexology and more.
Visiting New Zealand
If New Zealand is one of your dream destinations, you're not alone. With a population of just over 5 million spread out across two mainland islands, 700 small islands and nearly 300k square kilometers, it's a land that feels like it's poised on the edge of the wild - but with a very civilized culture.
If you're making your trip to Blanket Bay a part of a larger tour of New Zealand, you'll want to know the places you simply can't miss along your travels.
Here are our five favorites:
- Stewart Island: It's the third largest island that comprises New Zealand, but is over 80% uninhabited. This makes it the perfect place to explore expansive wilderness.
- Glacier Country: For those who love the beauty and adrenaline rush of a glacier hike, Westland National Park on South Island offers several world-famous ice rivers for the intrepid.
- Napier: Located on North Island, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand saw an architectural revival in the 1930's after a devastating fire. Whether you're there for the Art Deco or not, one place you won't want to miss in Napier is the National Aquarium of New Zealand, with a stunning variety of local and unique wildlife.
- Tongariro National Park: Touropia calls it a land of "extremes" and Tongariro is exactly that. The park offers diverse ecosystems that includes lakes, volcanoes, peaceful herb fields, wild forests and plateaus. Enjoy waterfalls, hot springs and more in New Zealand's first national park.
- Queenstown: On South Island, Queenstown is a mountainous city with a unique personality. Embraced by the Southern Alps and nestled along the coast of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is an adventurer's dream locale.
If you've had your fill of hopping islands and are ready to kick back in luxury and beauty, Blanket Bay is the place to go. For more information or to book your stay, click here.