This is luxury at its most sublime, and so it should be for one of the highest rates in the country. Opened in December 1999, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World member is set on sprawling grounds on the bush-clad fringes of Lake Wakatipu. At the heart of the lodge is a 9m-high (30-ft.) great room with a massive log fireplace and antique wooden floors. No expense has been spared in the construction of the spacious guest rooms. All beds are king-size, and all bathrooms have double sinks and separate showers and tubs. High-fidelity sound systems and private balconies are in every room. Designed as an exclusive haven, Blanket Bay promises a lot -- and delivers. A big bonus here is the award-winning cuisine.
Facilities: 2 dining rooms; 2 bars; heated outdoor pool; nearby golf course; well-equipped gym; Jacuzzi; 2 steam rooms; free watersports equipment; free bikes; game room w/complimentary bar; concierge; tour desk; car rentals; business center; massage; laundry service; dry cleaning; nonsmoking rooms
- © Frommer's 2013
- Very Highly Recommended 2010