Coastal luxury in the Marlborough Sounds.
Less than an hour by water taxi from Picton, Bay of Many Coves Resort is a gorgeous place to enjoy some great sea fishing, delicious cuisine and let yourself and your partner or friends be thoroughly pampered. The architecture is striking – a contemporary nautical design with strong use of timber, glass and stainless steel, which drew accolades when it first opened nine years ago.
These labyrinthine waterways are quite gorgeous on a calm day, but even if the weather isn’t cooperating there will usually be a quiet spot where you can still get in a good day’s kayaking or fishing, protected from the wind and swell in the internal waterways.
The resort is close to the renowned Queen Charlotte Track which provides a great day’s hiking. Go scuba diving (the wreck of the Russian liner, the Mikhail Lermontov, is definitely worth a dive if you’re experienced), go dolphin-watching or take a kayak or rowboat and explore the nearby bays. Join an eco-cruise and visit nearby protected islands and historic places (Ships Cove, where Captain James Cook took time to rest his boat and crew is just a short sail away), or head into Picton for the day and join a wine tour around the famed Marlborough wineries. You can join the local ‘Mail Cruise’ and help drop mail to local residents in far-flung corners of Queen Charlotte Sound. Much of the area, including the resort, has no road access so everything, including the guests, has to arrive by boat.
- there are 6 x 1-bedroom apartments sleeping 2 people, with ensuite bathrooms
- 4 x 2-bedroom apartments sleeping 4 people, with two ensuite bathrooms
- and 1 x 3-bedroom apartment, with an ensuite and separate bathroom, sleeping up to 6 people
- a maximum of 34 people at the resort at any one time
- the accommodation is all 5 star, and each apartment has a crafted use of natural timbers and fabrics, with big views out the double-opening windows to the sea below
- each apartment has a well-appointed kitchenette, a deck overlooking the sea, telephone and wi-fi (rural-speed)
- breakfast is served in the Kumatage Restaurant overlooking the sea, which is open all day for casual dining and relaxing (check out the library)
- The Foredeck is the evening fine dining restaurant, once again with expansive sea views. The Executive Chef is highly regarded and the evening menu features local delicacies like snapper, crab, scallops and South Island beef. There is also a degustation menu available
- The Bight is a daytime bar and cafe down on the jetty. It serves tasty lunches and has a light bites menu as well. Have a beer as you watch the boats come and go, or join the locals to watch a game of rugby on the big screen
- There’s a hot tub and pool on a terrace high above the sea, and if you want some real pampering there’s the Miritu Day Spa, which offers traditional and local indigenous therapies and massage techniques.
- Tariffs are per apartment per night. Children are welcome but some restrictions apply. Children under 1 year stay FOC
- Rates vary through the year
- 1 bedroom apartment – $NZ 470-948.00 for 2 people; 2 bedroom apartment – $NZ 690-1194.00 for up to 4 people; 3 bedroom apartment – $NZ 900-1440.00 for up to 6 people
- Room only, B&B and full lodge stay rates are available
- some minimum stay requirements over the Christmas period
- lots of coastal activities with cruises, kayaking, sailing and more
- there is hiking along all or part of the Queen Charlotte Track
- and mountain biking trails in the hills. The Queen Charlotte Track can be ridden at certain times of the year
- dive the famous wreck of the 'Mikhail Lermontov' or on nearby reefs and island reserves
- day fishing charter options include a luxury launch and a more traditional local fishing boat
- there are also opportunities to visit local salmon, paua (abalone), green-shelled mussel and oyster farms