By Alex Cove
Imagine taking a relaxing retreat to a piercing blue lake carved out by breathless, snowcapped mountain peaks. New Zealand’s ultimate alpine escape, Blanket Bay is known as one of the world's best luxury lodges. The 5-star accommodation offers luxurious suites, a spa, swim and steam for pampering, and invigorating activities all in this small, enchanting corner of New Zealand. Designed as a location for a rejuvenating retreat, this small area has everything in the makes for a fabulous getaway.
Nestled between Queenstown and Glenorchy, Blanket Bay is unlike other vacation locations with bumbling towns and nightlife. This area provides an intimate getaway to celebrate the art of pure relaxation. Most travelers come in search of solitude and to discover endless ways to restore physical and spiritual well-being. Blanket Bay’s immaculate stone lodge is surrounded by Lake Wakatipu, rugged snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps and what seems like endless green pastures featuring the area’s wildlife. The panoramic views on Blanket Bay’s sprawling outdoor terrace showcase a massive fireplace perfect for watching the sunset or gazing at the stars. The resort offers a range of cozy suites which include stone fireplaces, steam showers, bathtubs and king-sized beds. Blanket Bay’s coveted Chalet staterooms provide the amenities of suites but include two private courtyards with incredible views and two stone fireplaces instead of one.
With a renowned spa and fitness center, Blanket Bay offers its visitors holistic and natural healing therapies to awaken and restore the natural forces of the body, mind and spirit. Their most exclusive treatment features New Zealand’s Active Manuka Honey, which is exclusive to this region. The spa also offers healing facials, hair and scalp aromatherapy, soothing foot care, massages and other luxurious services. A luscious steam room, jacuzzi and heated outdoor pool complete Blanket Bay’s comprehensive wellness facilities.
At Blanket Bay, visitors have a rare opportunity to combine sheer relaxation with a variety of adventure. The resort offers a private helicopter tour to see ancient glaciers and one of the world’s highest waterfalls in Fiordland. A wide range of trekking opportunities are in close proximity, whether it be a stroll on Blanket Bay’s lakefront or a four-day hike in the Mount Aspiring and Fiordland national parks. Don’t worry - charming, knowledgeable guides are available to accompany you for the day to show the most beautiful, remote spots. For those a bit more daring, bungee jumping, mountain biking, funyaks and rafting is offered to experience New Zealand’s scenery in beautiful ways.
Whether you’re in search of a tranquil retreat or adventure, Blanket Bay provides visitors the opportunity to have the trip of a lifetime.