Blanket Bay Lodge retains high ranking

Nov 17, 2004

QUEENSTOWN - Blanket Bay Lodge has gained second place for an unprecedented third year running in a survey of the top 20 resort hideaways in the world.

The exclusive lodge, near Glenorchy, has reinforced its position as one of the world's top resort hideaways in the annual Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report survey of the top 20 International Resort Hideaways. Blanket Bay manager Philip Jenkins said yesterday Blanket Bay was ranked second only to Singita, a safari lodge in South Africa, in the hideaways list featuring properties with fewer than: 50 rooms.

Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report was known in the industry as the ultimate authority on exclusive accommodation around the world. It was billed as the connoisseur's worldwide guide to peaceful and un spoilt places and luxury hideaways. Mr Jenkins said the publication's annual readers survey was the oldest, most reliable poll of its kind conducted among sophisticated frequent travellers. "For Blanket Bay to retain its position as the second best international hideaway in the world is quite extraordinary for any property," a delighted Mr Jenkins said.

"It's very pleasing to maintain that position for three years in a row. I have to keep pinching myself," he said. New Zealand's international appeal as a get-away-from-it-all destination was reflected in other rankings, Huka Lodge was listed seventh in the Resort Hideaways list, Wharekauhau 10th and Kauri Cliffs 18th. Only Italy featured the same number of properties in the list. Mr Jenkins said the result was a great credit to New Zealand's accommodation providers.

"New Zealand now has a strong base of high-end tourism accommodation and that is paying off in international recognition." Readers also listed Blanket Bay in eighth place in the Top 20 of the International Resort Hotels poll, the only New Zealand property to feature in the hotels list. Australia's Lizard Island came in at No 13. It was also the third year that Blanket Bay has featured in the top 10 of the International Resort Hotels poll.