New Zealand's Blanket Bay at Glenorchy has been named the No. 3 accommodation property in the world and the best hotel in Oceania by readers of the influential American travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler. It is the only property in New Zealand to have made the Top 100 List.
Blanket Bay owner Tom Tusher was overwhelmed and humbled by the announcement: "We are so small and so out of the way, and are just amazed at the regard our guests have for our property. Conde Nast Traveler has a huge circulation and is the bible for discerning travellers, particularly in the North American market."
Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive George Hickton said it was a great result for Blanket Bay and New Zealand. "Blanket Bay was also recently recognised by British Conde Nast readers when it was named 'Best Leisure Hotel in Australasia'. This second award is another real achievement for the hotel and this kind of coverage is a wonderful way for New Zealand to get noticed in very competitive long-haul markets," Mr Hickton added.
Mr Tusher said New Zealand is unique in that all the best accommodation is in small, luxury lodges and that this meets the travel style of today's discerning traveller.
"Today's traveller is healthier and more adventurous and is looking for the personalised attention small properties can offer," he said. This is good news for New Zealand and fantastic for us in Glenorchy because we are in a pristine and beautiful place that offers the widest possible range of adventure. For many North American travellers, this area offers a package of Switzerland, Norway and Napa Valley rolled into one."
The standards of excellence maintained by Blanket Bay staff, many of whom have been with the property since it opened its doors 10 years ago, have contributed heavily to its success. "We have been very fortunate to secure and hold an amazing team of people including the very best chefs, managers, housekeepers and gardeners, all committed to ensuring every moment our guests spend with us is a superb experience. Our aim has always been to deliver the highest standards and service levels and to be well regarded internationally", comments Mr Tusher.
In the 10 years since opening in December 1999, Blanket Bay has enjoyed a dramatic climb into the ranks the world's best properties with an awards list that ranges from building honours through to Hotel Management Awards, several awards won by individuals of its culinary team and annual places on various lists of the world's best accommodation properties.