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Marlborough Sounds – Bay of Many Coves Resort


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Telephone
  • Safe
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Library
  • Day spa

Overview – Bay of Many Coves Resort

The fabulous Bay of Many Coves Resort offers luxe accommodation, an outstanding natural setting, world-class cuisine and personalised service – all characteristics that have earned it a place in the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World consortium.

A stay at the secluded Bay of Many Coves Resort starts off immediately with adventure and a taste of the beauty of sheltered Arthurs Bay as the property is only accessible by water or air. Cruise or fly into the tranquil cove where this property is located – you are immediately welcomed by friendly staff on arrival. Part of the extensive network of flooded valleys that make up Marlborough Sounds, the pristine waterways surrounding this waterfront resort invite exploration. As such, there are a fleet of sea kayaks and dinghies at your disposal. There is also a range of guided activities on offer including scenic walks along Queen Charlotte Track, visits to wildlife-rich Motuara Island and the opportunity to swim with dolphins.

When you aren’t outdoors, there are extensive facilities at this resort to help you relax, from decadent therapies and treatments at the day spa to a 6-person hot tub. There is also a private beach, a heated swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers along with a comprehensive library. Guests have all the conveniences of a five-star hotel such as 24-hour reception, in-room minibar and tour desk, as well as the amenities of long-term accommodation such as laundry facilities. Apartments at the Bay of Many Coves Resort are designed for luxurious modern living so expect contemporary fittings throughout, separate bedrooms and designer ensuite bathrooms.

Dining options at this property showcase the Marlborough region’s bountiful produce and its impressive wines. Choose from two restaurants – the sophisticated Foredeck or the relaxed Kumatage. The former offers masterfully executed contemporary New Zealand cuisine in a romantic setting (adults-only after 7pm), while the latter provides a more casual, lounge-like environment, with menu items including bakery treats, light meals and fresh fruit juices. The Bight Cafe offers informal waterfront dining right on the jetty, serving quality coffee, breakfast and lunch.

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Bay of Many Coves Resort

Rooms – Bay of Many Coves Resort

Nestled on forested hillslopes overlooking Arthurs Bay, guest apartments are stylish, private retreats featuring sumptuous interiors, water views and all you need for an exquisitely comfortable stay. All rooms have free Wi-Fi.

Bay of Many Coves Resort

Luxury 1-Bedroom Apartment
This entry-level offering has its own private deck overlooking the bay, accessible from both the bedroom and living room. Capacity: 2 persons

Luxury 2-Bedroom Apartment
Close to the water’s edge, these spacious apartments can easily accommodate two couples comfortably. Bedrooms are ensuite and set at opposite ends of each villa for utmost privacy. Sandwiched between sleeping quarters is a lovely open plan dining and sitting area, leading out to a deck. Capacity: 4 persons

Bay of Many Coves Resort

Luxury 3-Bedroom Apartment
This architecturally-designed unit is ideal for larger groups or a family, with two bedrooms on one side of the villa, the third on the other, with shared living spaces in the middle. A huge veranda looks out over the water. Capacity: 6 persons

Kereru Suite
The pinnacle of secluded luxury, this two-bedroom suite nestled in native vegetation is popular with couples and boasts its own private entry. Interiors are equipped with the latest technologies while there is a spacious, tree-shaded timber deck with a sunken spa and sunloungers. Dinner and breakfast are included as well as a complimentary minibar. Capacity: 2 or 4 persons

Bay of Many Coves Resort
Bay of Many Coves Resort

Facilities – Bay of Many Coves Resort

  • One, two and three bedroom self-contained suites
  • The romantic Foredeck Restaurant
  • The relaxed Kumatage
  • Waterside Bight Cafe
  • Swimming pool
  • Cedar outdoor hot tub
  • Access to a private beach
  • Sea kayaks
  • Dinghies
  • Day spa
  • 24-hour reception
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Activities – Bay of Many Coves Resort (extra cost)

  • Guided walks
  • Kayaking tours
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Wine-tasting
  • Fishing charters
  • Yacht cruises
  • Motuara Island excursion
Bay of Many Coves Resort
Bay of Many Coves

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Getting There

From Christchurch, you can self-drive to Picton (4.5 hours), then take a 30-minute water taxi directly to the property’s pier. You could also charter a floatplane from Picton, which lands in the water directly in front of The Bay of Many Coves Resort. Alternatively, drive to Blenheim (just over 3 hours from Christchurch), where you can board a charter helicopter, which lands on the property’s own helipad.

Combine With

While you’re at the “Top of the South”, why not visit New Zealand’s oldest city? Settled by Europeans as early as 1841, Nelson is today a major fishing port and its lush surroundings are dotted with excellent, well-established wineries, so you’re guaranteed fresh seafood and great wines. The town is also renowned for its craft beers, so you won’t go thirsty. For unforgettable Tasman Bay hospitality, choose Edenhouse, a gorgeous rural retreat encircled by wineries and close to Abel Tasman National Park.

  • A unique, secluded coastal resort accessible only by air or water
  • A luxurious base to explore the Bay of Many Coves
  • An idyllic location overlooking tranquil Arthurs Bay
  • An array of spacious, self-contained luxury apartments
  • Diverse dining options
  • A decadent onsite day spa
  • Five-star facilities including a heated outdoor pool and hot tub
  • Countless outdoor activities from hiking to cruises
  • Opportunity to see seals and swim with dolphins
  • A private beach, dinghies and sea kayaks at your disposal

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