Got money to spend? The best luxury accommodation in Marlborough

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If money is not an issue, Marlborough offers many sophisticated stays among vineyards and bays.

Bay of many coves

Queen charlotte bay

Bay of Many Coves is an undisputed gem of the Marlborough Sounds. The five-star hideaway is nestled in its own bay and is only accessible by boat, or if your bank balance allows, you can get there by helicopter.

The spacious apartments all have stunning sea views with a “honeymoon style” ambience. There’s a communal pool and hot tub, although when they’re not lounging in their rooms, most people spend their time at the restaurant and bar on the quayside.

Bay of Many Coves is nestled in the heart of Queen Charlotte Strait.

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Bay of Many Coves is nestled in the heart of Queen Charlotte Strait.

READ MORE:
* Marlborough’s Bay of Many Coves: inside New Zealand’s Bay of Happiness
* Weekend walk: Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough
* A taste of luxury at Marlborough Lodge

For those who like a little more activity, an assortment is proposed; from kayaking, paddleboarding and fishing to wildlife tours and bush walking.

Read Brook Sabin’s review here. More than bayofmanycoves.co.nz

Breakfast in bed is almost compulsory at 14th Lane.

BROOK SABIN / Tips

Breakfast in bed is almost compulsory at 14th Lane.

14th Lane Urban Hotel

1A Kinross Street, Blenheim

14th Lane is Marlborough’s new luxury wine getaway. This eight-room hotel was, for a time, one of Blenheim’s only nightclubs. Today the pendulum has swung – its focus has shifted from raves to rest.

There is only one word to sum up the interior: indulgent. The well-appointed and ambience-lit rooms all focus on luxury. You’ll be greeted with eight pillows on your bed, soft linens like a dream, a coffeemaker in your room, and super plush bathrobes ready to slip on.

Read Brook Sabin’s review here. More than 14thlane.nz.

By the pool at Chateau Marlborough.

Chateau Marlborough / Fourni

By the pool at Chateau Marlborough.

Marlborough Castle

95-117 High Street, Blenheim

One of the region’s most established hotels, Chateau Marlborough is five-star luxury accommodation located right in the middle of Blenheim.

After undergoing renovations in 2018, the hotel offers a range of rooms, from suites and apartments, to the luxurious two-bedroom Grand Penthouse. Spend time by the pool, relax at Meraki Beauty Therapy or dine at Quench Restaurant & Bar. And all within walking distance of Blenheim’s CBD.

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A private, sheltered garden with patio and barbecue in the Manor House at Vintners Retreat.

Winegrowers’ retreat

A private, sheltered garden with patio and barbecue in the Manor House at Vintners Retreat.

Winegrowers’ retreat

55 Rapaura Road, Renwick

Right in the heart of the famous Marlborough wine country, Vintners Retreat is, as the name suggests, an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

There is a range of different accommodation options among the 12 villas, but one thing they all have in common is that they are beautifully appointed and fully equipped to a high standard. During the summer months, sit by the 12-meter solar-heated swimming pool, pour yourself a cheeky sauvignon blanc and relax in the best possible way.

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The Marlborough is set on over 16 acres of vineyards and gardens.

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The Marlborough is set on over 16 acres of vineyards and gardens.

The Marlborough

776 Rapaura Street, Rapaura

Set in over 16 acres of vineyards and beautiful gardens, this gloriously restored historic building. Originally part of the Sisters of Mercy Convent, the main building houses 10 en-suite bedrooms on two floors while an old chapel converted into a bar is the perfect place to relax and watch the sunset. Sun.

There are several contemporary rooms to choose from, or you can book the entire hotel for that special occasion. Occupy yourself with a wine tour, take a peek in the gardens, or take a seat here and experience the rest of what Marlborough has to offer.

More than themarlborough.co.nz.

Rowley Estate is a slice of a rural haven.

Rowley Estate / Supplied

Rowley Estate is a slice of a rural haven.

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100 Rowley Crescent, Grovetown, Blenheim

How about a private luxury experience for you and your friends or loved ones? Rowley Estate Homestead offers exclusive use boutique accommodation just outside Blenheim.

With rooms for up to eight people, this classic property with panoramic veranda and stunning views over vineyards and farmland is a rural haven.

Host Claire Glenister has a wealth of local knowledge and will help you plan an unforgettable stay in Marlborough.

More than rowleyestate.nz

The Sounds Retreat hopes to reopen in March or April 2022.

SOUNDS RETREAT

The Sounds Retreat hopes to reopen in March or April 2022.

The retreat of sounds

215 Anakiwa Road, Picton

The sounds retreat is to be kept in mind for later in 2022 as it is currently closed due to storm damage to its driveway.

Offering breathtaking views over Queen Charlotte Strait, guests can do as much or as little as they want. Ideally placed to take advantage of the area’s many outdoor activities, the Retreat also features an outdoor bath with stunning views.

More than thesoundsretreat.co.nz

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