If you’re looking to get away from it all, Vancouver Island makes for the perfect place to let your cares wash away. This outcrop – a scenic ferry ride from Vancouver city – has a wild feel to it with winding roads leading you to sweeping beaches and sprawling parks where orca and black bears roam. To truly get into the island swing of things, explore some wellness retreats to help you relax in style. Here, we reveal some of the best spa hotels in Vancouver Island, Canada – bookable on Culture Trip.
You have your pick of 126 suites here, all stylish, modern, and well-appointed, making the pet-friendly Parkside Hotel feel like a home away from home – only without all the cleaning. The suites come fully equipped with kitchens and private balconies, premium furnishings, high-quality linens – plus loads of space and clean, contemporary décor. Modern amenities include a spa, a cinema, a rooftop patio, an all-day café/bar, plus optional underground parking with electric charging.
You’ll find this attractive resort on the oceanfront – just 10.8mi (17.4km) from Comox Valley Airport and 7.9mi (12.7km) from Crown Isle Golf Resort. The sleek, contemporary and luxurious accommodation here is beautifully thought out, especially the new Ocean Courtyard Rooms – featuring mood lighting, zen-inspired bathrooms with heated floors and rain shower, individual temperature controls, patios or balconies and a 55″ HDTV. There’s also a wonderful restaurant with ocean views – plus a sauna and the obligatory steam cave.
Indulgent, luxurious and blissful – three words that come to mind when thinking of Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort. On the edge of Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and five minutes drive from the city center, the resort features an award-winning grotto spa – Santa not included – two amazing restaurants, access to a 1.8mi (3km) stretch of sandy beach and arguably the warmest ocean in Canada. The wood cabin-themed rooms are classy and contemporary – complete with fireplaces and free Wi-Fi.
The kind of hotel that exudes timeless elegance and effortless class, this luxury and boutique offering is also only steps from Victoria’s inner harbor. The rooms are refined, relaxing and well-appointed – with coffee makers, Dyson hairdryers, Wi-Fi and filtered bottled water, as well as bathrooms featuring a deep soaker tub and separate shower. Hotel amenities include the spa, a high-end restaurant based on seasonal produce, along with a fitness center and valet parking.
This wonderful award-winning hotel – built in an English Manor House style – takes high-spec to another level. You can choose from Garden, Oceanview, or Dog-Friendly Rooms here – whatever you go for, your accommodation will be luxurious, spacious and thoughtfully designed. Amenities include a fireplace, a spa-style bathroom with heated floors, complimentary drinking water, Nespresso coffee and Nunshen tea. There’s also a pub, café and fine dining restaurant on-site –while valet parking is complimentary.
Upscale yet relaxed, designer yet informal, refined yet casual – this resort manages to balance these apparent contradictions with finesse and flair. The elegant accommodation – a lesson in chic West Coast understatement – is a stone’s throw from the east coast of the magnificent Parksville Beach. The unique experience of dome dining is on offer here, which is an alfresco dining experience from your own private dome, complete with 360º views – plus a gym, a heated indoor pool and a hot tub.
A few blocks from downtown Courtenay and a short drive from sweeping beaches, hiking, golfing and Mount Washington Resort – which features amazing winter and summer activities – this refined spa hotel is as welcoming as it is classy. The chic, beautifully furnished, West Coast-inspired suites are pet friendly and amenities include access to a fitness center, a partner fine dining restaurant, outdoor heated pool, two hot tubs and, of course, an indulgent sauna and spa.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
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