A traveler United Kingdom
We stayed at the Bay of Many Coves during our tour of New Zealand. The hotel is only accessible by water taxi from Picton and is in a beautiful remote location. Reception, lounge and restaurant are just next to the jetty and the rooms are built up the hillside. Our room was spacious with a sitting room which included a kitchenette area, bedroom and a roomy bathroom. BOMC is a member of the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand and we felt that the furniture is not quite as luxurious as other other member hotels that we stayed at but was comfortable. The bathroom would have benefited from underfloor heating. However the view from the balcony and bedroom were simply stunning and the remote location contributed to the "get away from it all" feeling. There are walks from the hotel and walking poles are available to borrow. The weather was not great while we were there and the paths had become quite difficult and slippy. It is possible to walk to the top of the hill and around the bay. If you need something more gentle there is a waterfall that is just a 20 minute walk away. The hosts Murray and Elaine are very friendly and Murray is very knowledgeable about the local wines and shared his enthusiasm on two wine tastings during our stay. The food in the restaurant is excellent. The spa is very good and we both enjoyed a treatment. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. There are lots of activities if you are feeling energetic. Many reviewers talk of good or excellent service but something happened during our stay that put the level of service offered by Murray and Elaine beyond excellent. We had a 7.8 earthquake. The whole building was shaken violently but as a testament to the builders and the materials they used, it survived with no damage at all. We were due to travel to Kaikoura the following day and the rail and road connections were destroyed. Murray and Elaine took it all in their stride offering us advise and practical helped us to book alternative transport and accommodation. Communication with our travel agent was difficult and they helped us rescue our holiday. BOMC is ideal if you are looking for some R&R halfway through your tour with fabulous scenery and first class service.
Alexandra M Australia
This is truly a 5* hotel and should not be missed if you ever have the opportunity to stay there. The hotel is spotless, the food a delight, the scenery fantastic and the staff absolutely superb. During our stay we had a problem with the next leg of our holiday and the staff bent over backwards to help solve the problem. They cannot be praised highly enough. A most memorable experience that will stay with us fora long time.