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This FLOATING all-inclusive hotel is currently on its way from Vancouver to Haida Gwaii

Josephina Serra and Lauren Webb May 18, 2018 10:20 am 5,339
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An incredible vacation property that’s been recently renovated is currently being hauled all the way from Vancouver Harbour to Haida Gwaii. It will take between 7 to 18 days to get there, depending on tides in the rugged Northwest Coast of BC.

Until it gets there, feast your eyes on this floating all-inclusive getaway and let us convince you why an eco-cultural resort in beautiful British Columbia may be your next holiday choice. So remote, it can only be accessed by helicopter.

Ocean House docked in Vancouver Harbour / Lorand Szasz

Ocean House docked in Vancouver Harbour / Lorand Szasz

Ocean House is 100% Haida-owned and was originally a fishing lodge before being transformed into a unique 12-bedroom wilderness lodge. It is located in a sheltered bay, allowing for exclusive access to the untouched beaches, ancient village sites and mysterious forests of Haida Gwaii.

Because of its extremely remote location, the lodge had to make a journey to Vancouver for its luxury makeover. (Otherwise, all materials and furniture would have to be helicoptered in!) The renovation was extensive, although the footprint remained the same: The floating structure was taken down to the studs and completely re-designed into a stunning resort.

The creative with the vision behind this transformation was Interior Designer Gina Mae Schubrt, who used natural elements, finishes, textures and colour to complement the wilderness in the background, allowing nature to be the focal point.

Gina Mae was interested in featuring Four Hands Furniture for the Ocean House, so she naturally reached out to one of Four Hand’s largest Vancouver retailers, Suquet Home.

Suquet was a family business for Ramon Masana Tapia, who recently re-opened it with his business partner Rick Bohonis, the former president and co-founder of Urban Barn. In contrast to many Yaletown home stores, they offer furniture and décor in various styles, from traditional to contemporary and offer a wide range of price points.

We paid a visit to the Ocean House to see it for ourselves and we were not disappointed!

Inside Ocean House

Inside: Myshsael Schlyecher

Large Dining Area / Myshsael Schlyecher

The large dining area with its expansive windows made it easy to dream about what the views would be when it is moored in Haida Gwaii with its rich nature and vast wildlife.

The library is clad in wood panelling on the walls and ceiling. Shelving provides space for artifacts to be displayed, two wingback chairs and three unbelievably comfortable swivel chairs make this the perfect spot to read a book or play a board game.

Living Area / Myshsael Schlyecher

Living Area / Myshsael Schlyecher

The open living room is vast in size and provides a beautiful open concept seating arrangement. Gina Mae used oversized sectionals from Suquet to surround the fireplace offering an inviting place to sit and socialize with a large group or quietly lounge between adventures, letting time slip away.

Beautiful Views / Myshsael Schlyecher

Beautiful Views / Myshsael Schlyecher

Large windows allow light to drench the space and the tub chairs close to the balconies’ edge offer a seat to sit back and enjoy the view. Once the Ocean House reaches its destination, the view from these windows will be Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii. The space is completed with a bar featuring comfortable stools also provided by Suquet Home. The perfect place to sit and enjoy a cocktail at the end of a peaceful day!

Big congratulations to all those involved! Check out oceanhouse.ca to book your stay.

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Josephina Serra and Lauren Webb
Interior designers Josephina and Lauren are passionate about designing spaces that suit you and the way you live by using creativity and innovation.

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