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Blanket Bay Lodge named in Andrew Harper’s Top 20 International Hideaways

Blanket Bay Lodge named in Andrew Harper’s Top 20 International Hideaways
Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay


Queenstown, New Zealand: Luxury lodge Blanket Bay has again received a prestigious accolade – named as one of the world’s Top 20 International Hideaways in the famous Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.

Blanket Bay, near Glenorchy, was ranked 16th in the just-released 2014 list of favourite hotels, resorts and lodges, as voted by Hideaway Report readers. The Hideaway Report is an internationally-recognised source of information about luxury travel.

The Andrew Harper website describes Blanket Bay as a “splendid sanctuary along the shores of Lake Wakatipu with a majestic backdrop of snowcapped peaks; a scenic 45-minute drive from Queenstown”.

New Blanket Bay General Manager Brent Hyde says the award rightfully belongs to the Blanket Bay team under the direction of previous General Manager Philip Jenkins, but he’s delighted with the continued recognition of the outstanding property.

“We are thrilled to again be voted among the world’s best resorts by travellers themselves. It is our spectacular lakefront location on one of the world’s top 10 scenic drives, proximity to the greatest activities in the Southern Lakes, luxury facilities and friendly and intelligent service that makes us the region’s best alpine escape. Blanket Bay’s dedicated team constantly strives for excellence at our luxury resort, which continues to ensure our premier reputation,” Hyde says.

Blanket Bay is one of only three New Zealand luxury lodges to appear on this year’s Top 20 International Hideaways list. Taupo’s Huka Lodge and Christchurch’s Otahuna also feature. The New Zealand properties join some of the world’s most celebrated hideaways.

This is the third time Blanket Bay has been voted into the Top 20, previously making it on to the list in 2010 and 2011.

Blanket Bay is regularly awarded top accolades, reaffirming its status as an internationally-renowned luxury lodge. Awards over the past 15 years include being named the World’s Ultimate Escape by the UK Sunday Times Magazine, the Best New Zealand Lodge in 2011 by the Australian Hotel Management Publication and several times taking the title of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report’s Best Hotel Under 50 Rooms category.



For further information please contact:
Blanket Bay General Manager Brent Hyde, or +64 3 441 0115.
For the full Andrew Harper’s Readers’ Choice awards:

Andrew Harper’s comments about Blanket Bay:
“Splendid sanctuary along the shores of Lake Wakatipu with a majestic backdrop of snowcapped peaks, a scenic 45-minute drive from Queenstown. Handsome lakeview rooms and Lodge/Chalet junior suites comprise the 12 distinctive accommodations, the suites having stone fireplaces, extra-spacious baths (steam showers, soaking tubs) and huge private terraces. The stone-and-timber main lodge is dominated by an atmospheric Great Room with beamed ceilings, massive rock fireplaces and towering picture windows; also wood-paneled bar-lounge, game room pub and sophisticated meal venues ranging from a formal dining room and wine cellar to a sunset-facing terrace. Fitness gym (plus spa therapist), 60-foot outdoor lap pool, bush walks, horseback riding, jet boating and guided lake/wilderness river fly-fishing. No children under age 10.”

About Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report
Free of advertising since its inception in June 1979, Hideaway Report is a monthly publication for a private community of sophisticated travellers. The selection of hotels, resorts and restaurants for inclusion in this publication is made on a completely independent basis without any paid influence or travel benefits by the hotels or other travel products. Andrew Harper and his editors travel incognito to write opinionated and unbiased travel reviews for a private membership service, which provides personalised travel planning assistance to its members.


Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.