British Columbia is known as a vacation destination for the world but what if you already live here? Where do you and that special person (and perhaps pup) head to when you need to get away?
Here are 10 amazing places where the two of you can hideaway from the digital world or get in touch with your urban adventurous self.
If your ideal get-away is an adventure that involves helicopters, river rafting, and waterfall hot tubs, the Nimmo Bay Resort is where you should point your GPS. Situated in the centre of 30,000 square miles of BC wilderness, this all-inclusive getaway provides all the necessary equipment and transportation to ensure you day includes all the rugged activity you crave and the end-of-day relaxation with deluxe massage services that includes Shiatsu, Ayurvedic, Reflexology and Reiki treatments. This resort has won numerous awards for its environmentally sound programs.
This resort is the best kept secret on the west coast. It is adored by lovers seeking to elope, perfect for the picturesque wedding of your dreams, and the ultimate in luxury getaway’s. The oceanfront Tenthouse suites are a wondrous reprieve from urban chaos with their ability to transform your notion that a hotel room needs to have four walls. The resort offers a seasonal heated pool, water sports, golf, yoga classes, cycling, diving and more.
Pender Island is home to Poets Cove premier luxury resort where those with impeccable taste can indulge in a rejuvenating weekend on a small island oasis. Set in the Bedwell Harbour Bay, guests are pampered in the Susurrus Spa which specializes in Hawaiian, Chinese and South Asian therapies, acupressure and cupping. Unique to the resort is the Eucalyptus Steam Cave which is hidden behind a cascading waterfall in a rock grotto. It is recommended that spa packages be booked in advance to ensure availability.
If a quiet getaway in a historical urban setting is what you desire, the Magnolia Hotel and Spa is where to head to be pampered from head-to-toe. The Spa specializes in organic health and beauty treatments for all lovers. The rooms are wonderfully contemporary with subtle traditional touches. Enjoy the amazing views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows, indulge in a relaxing bubble bath in the deep soaker tub and cozy up in their famous plush monogrammed robes.
Situated in the West Kootenays, in the midst of three provincial parks, the Villa Dome Quixote offers a rustic adventure in a unique setting. The common area dome includes kitchen space and board games for those desiring a simpler life, if only for the weekend. Nearby guests can hike to the Wilson Creek Falls, day trip to the Kokanee Glacier Park or unwind in the nearby hot springs.
Glamping in an exotic yurt on Vancouver Island’s coast combines the luxury of the city with the fragrant lushness of 600 acres of old-growth forest. Situated just steps from the ocean, the yurts are within walking distance of the Way Point private beaches and numerous hiking trails. Each yurt has full amenities including gas fireplaces for decadent smores binging, linens, and comfortable cedar lounge chairs. There is a common bathhouse with private bathrooms and do not worry about your furbaby, small pets are welcome.
Located near Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, this romantic vacation hideaway is nestled in the forest surrounded by the ocean. Visitors enjoy the natural surroundings and new opportunities abound; such as whale watching, kayaking and fragrant nature tours. The Wickaninnish is home to the Ancient Cedars Spa which uses all natural ingredient and custom blended aromatherapies. Choose hydrotherapy, reflexology, body scrubs, wraps and a intense hot stone massage.
These enchanting spheres went viral when images hit the ‘net in 2013. This truly unique BC experience offers an opportunity to be ensconced in the canopy of old growth forest in a sphere that encourages lovers to stay inside, indulge, and snuggle while the stars twinkle above. Those who venture out of their tree-top cocoons can partake in nature tours, ziplining, and Horne Lake Cave exploration.
Not only does this getaway location include meals cooked by a private chef and delivered to your tent but glampers have their own private wood-fired hot tub, use of a private boat launch, and unlimited use of a side-by-side ATV. Daily housekeeping guarantees crisp bed linens each night and the in-tent fridge is restocked daily with all kinds of decadent treats. Whether you wish to getaway alone or with another couple, each tent has three bedrooms and can accommodate five persons or rent them all and getaway with 19 of your closest friends.
Reconnect with Canadian nature on horseback and then relax with a selection of European and authentic Thai therapies in the Sabai Sabai Suite. Embracing sustainability, this destination is truly green with organic foods grown on-site, fresh spring water, and two Tesla chargers and one Universal charger available. Enjoy the beauty of pristine nature whilst in the warmth of your comfortable suite or private cabin with majestic scenery right outside the windows and panoramic views of the Cariboo Mountains. Venture out for flyfishing, hiking, white water rafting or something as simple as playing fetch with the resident collies and return to delicious chef created meals and a crackling fireplace.