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Embarc Blue Mountain
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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“Quiet, clean, perfect.”
Reviewed 5 January 2011

Better than expected. The room is huge, bathroom either. Away from the noise and still a 10 minutes walk from the village. Breakfast is really tasty. Room service 1-2 per stay. Free parking. Kitchen is really fully equipped, used it everyday. Great staff, very friendly people.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 26 December 2010

Traveled with my three and twelve year old sons, two thirteen year old friends and my wife for a week long ski trip. We opted to fly in to Buffalo and drive up. I was a little concerned driving in the snow, but the Ontario Ministry of Transportation has excellent interactive maps online which give detailed information on road conditions. The drive was very easy, about 2 1/2 hours. We also stopped at Niagra Falls for the day - very touristy and over priced, but the falls were great. The indoor water park at the falls really wasn't that much better than our local water park, and the boys said later they would have skipped it for an extra day snowboardiing.

Our accomadations were excellent - full size kitchen, fireplace, porch, mud room, soaking tub, washer/dryer, dishwasher, etc. We all fit with no problems and had plenty of room for ourselves. Remeber this is a condo-hotel, so you're pretty much on your own. Collingwood is right up the road with several good grocery and liquor stores so you can stock up.

I can't say enough about how friendly ther staff at Blue Mountain was. We used the Discover Ski Package for the boys which comes with equipment and beginner lift tickets for about $75 a day. They have a great progressive learning system that allows you to learn at your own speed. There are five stations each for sking ans snowbaording. By the time you omplete the circuit you're pretty profficient. Another day and i would have hit the intermediate slopes. The package also comes with ski valet. At the end of the day you check your board/skis in so you don't have to lug them back to the room or re-rent every day. The staff did a great job getting everyone fitted properly, even lacing up boots at one point for one of the boys. One nice thing is the night sking.

The childcare options are very good. We opted for a private "tiny-tot" lesson for our three year old and then placed him in Jr Ski Camp for three days, He loved it. We also used a private sitter we arranged through Blue Mountain who was phenomenal.

The main thing to remember is that the rental and childcare areas can get real busy at peak times (first hour the slopes are open and last hour before they close). Figure on 30 minutes if you are renting to get through the process. The beginner areas are busiest wherever the discover lessons are being taught. The good thing is the South Base Lodge doesn't have the lessons during the week, meaning the beginner slopes on that side are way easier to get on.

There really isn't much that was negative, largely due to the fact that we did our homework before we got there. Blue Mountain has a decent Facebook page, but their website really has a lot of info.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Ottawa
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

This is our second time staying at Club Intrawest Blue Mountain. I was again completely satisfied with the room (open concept studio style, king bed, jacuzzi, kitchen, and balcony with hammock) and in love with the daily included breakfast! Very fresh assortment of fruit, baked goods, and always a hot choice as well. The service was great. One tip - ask for a pool facing room otherwise your view is the parking lot!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Guelph, Canada
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Reviewed 23 July 2010

We really enjoyed this place. We rented and are not members.

The staff were all quite good. Very clean units, the grounds were well tended and the pools were clean.

We stayed in a 2 bedroom unit with our 19 month old son. There were quite a few other toddlers there as well. If you are a parent you'll know that it's sometimes the simplest things that can make for a great vacation. As corny as this might sound, in this case the "small" thing was the fact that this location has a large sand pit complete with oodles of toys for toddlers. Our son just loved it. There were lots of other kids playing, just enough to make it interesting. Hard to really do this justice, but I think it really made our wee fella's trip.

There is a family pool which is great. It may not be a huge pool but it is sufficient to take a dip with your kids and splash around. Again, a big hit with our son.

We're pretty active people, so the 7 minute walk to the village was fine. In fact we liked the separation from the village, it was just enough to keep things serene while the vibe of the village is just a stroll away.

Another interesting tidbit if you have older children - they have outdoor movies in the village square in the evening. We look forward to taking advantage of this as our son gets a bit older. The movies are family oriented and they actually provide muskoka chairs by the 100's for anyone that wants to watch. And it's free!!!

A quick word on the village itself. As a former Vancouverite, the Village there was reminiscent of Whistler. Not suprising as Intrawest built both of them but of course is 1/4 the size. Just the same, it is quite nice, shops, good restaurants, quanit pond in the middle.

The breakfast in the morning is quite nice as well - and is free. We took advantage every day. Lots of healthy items and so nicely presented. This is deifintely not a "few muffins and coffee." I think you'll be impressed given that it's not a restaurant.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Toronto
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Reviewed 1 March 2010

This private resort is beautiful and very clean. The decor is beautiful and our King Suite Studio was very spacious. We were on the 2nd floor and our room/bed faced the mountain slopes. The Guest Services were very accomodating and very friendly. I would recommend this place to anyone for a quiet and clean stay. They have a shuttle bus that operates every 15 minutes to the village. There is complimentary breakfast every morning. The outdoor hot tub was great after a full day of skiing. The retro arcade games in the rec room were fun to have around. Would love to go there again.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 July 2009

We spent a week here & had a lovely time, although we only had a studio we were really pleased with the size of it and loved the view overlooking the pond and pools and found it generally quiet & relaxing. The staff were extremely helpful too. We used the hot tub & the pool one very hot day & had a great time. Thought Blue Mountain Resort was great with plenty going on although we only ate there once as we found it a little pricey, we ate in a couple of times and went into Collingwood (can recommend Harveys in the main street, had a lovely meal there). We hired a couple of bikes in Collingwood & went out for about three hours, the cycling was really easy as it is along an old railway track so that was good fun too. Just a special mention to the lady in the Tourist Info office in Collingwood, she was absolutely great and spent loads of time with us recommending things to do & giving us maps & brochures. Certainly worth a visit.

Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Oshawa, Canada
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Reviewed 7 May 2009

My wife and I were married in August of 2008 and after catering our own wedding we needed a honeymoon with downtime. Much of the Caribbean was out of the question due to hurricanes, so we looked north to Collingwood and selected Club Intrawest for the last full week in August.

LOCATION
Intrawest is at the base of blue, but closer to the main highway. There are closer facilities to the village at blue, but to be honest we appreciated the quietness we found at Intrawest. The larger facilities closer to the village just didn’t seem very relaxing; lots of kids running around screaming and carrying on. You can walk from Intrawest to the village at blue, but it will take you about 10min. There’s plenty of parking for you outside your door and we really didn’t find any mosquitoes at this time of year (only when hiking the mountain).

ROOMS
~Pros: Very clean and new. The bed was a king size and the bedding was very comfortable. A mini kitchen was very helpful if you wanted to cook dinner using the shared BBQ’s and the mini fridge was essential without on-site eating facilities. The bathrooms had fantastic colours and the tub and shower was very large. Overall we were very impressed with the rooms. A good size TV and dvd player was in the room and movies could be borrowed at the front desk at no charge (along with board games). Each room comes with a balcony including two Muskoka chairs and a detachable hammock. We really enjoyed these by having our morning coffee in them.
~Cons: The ceiling & floor walls are thin. We never heard anything from the room next to us, but could always tell when someone was above us. A couple of times we almost went upstairs to speak to the people. Below us was the laundry room. It wasn’t overly loud, but at times you could hear the machines. On an adjacent wall we had the staircase up to the 2nd level (no elevators). It was very easy to hear people trotting up the stairs or struggling with their luggage. The room also had a gas fireplace that was shut down. I recognize it was August, but there were a few cool nights and the fireplace would have been nice for ambiance.

FOOD
~Pros: Although Intrawest doesn’t have on-site restaurants they do have on-site BBQs. We ended up using these almost daily. The boathouse also has a large 2nd level porch overlooking the pond with patio furniture that makes for a great location to eat your dinner. On one evening Intrawest had a free BBQ that they were hosting. A lot of people turned out and the food was rather good. They do this about once a week in the summer.
~Cons: At the base of blue we had dinner one evening at the Firehouse restaurant where they specialize in Pizza. To be honest it was the worst pizza either of us had ever eaten. I’ve had pizza out of a box that’s better. The pricing for the restaurants at the base of blue aren’t cheap. They recognize people are on vacation and I was highly disappointed dropping $50+ for a pizza dinner that tasted horrible. We also wanted to venture out for a fancy dinner and made reservations at a place called The Falls Inn at Walters’s Falls. The food was ok, but for a bill of $120 for the two of us the food should have been much better than ok. After these two dinner situations we decided to make our own meals using the Intrawest facilities such as their BBQs. My wife and I worked in the food industry, so I wouldn’t say we are picky eaters, but we do have a high respect for food and a legitimate expectation on the quality of food for the value of your money.

POOL & ACTIVITES
~Pros: The facilities have two pools and two hot tubs; one of each for adults and one of each for kids. I think this is an excellent idea. All of which are not huge, but proportionate to the facilities. We stuck to the adult pool and hot tub, but found the pool was a little too cool on some days as some days the weather wasn’t hot enough. We frequented the hot tub daily. You often had either of these facilities to yourself. The adult pool at it’s busiest points had 3 or 4 people inside the fence, but often most of those people were just sun bathing. Throughout the week Intrawest does post some activities if you wish to participate. The BBQ I listed above was one of them. There’s also lots to do around blue mountain as well (hiking trails, gondola ride, mountain biking, movie night, village shopping (although the village is much smaller than you’d expect)
~Cons: Occasionally you found parents+kids in the adult hot tub which became a little annoying.

SCANDINAVIAN SPA
We decided to spend a day at the Scandinavian spa which is about a 5 min drive away. To be honest I’ve never been to a spa and had little interest in going, but my wife wanted to give it a try. This place blew me away. For just under $40 each we had the use of their facilities for the entire day. The hot and cold springs, quietness, relaxation rooms and sauna’s were nothing like what I’ve ever scene or heard of before. I’ve recommended this place a number of times to my female co-workers and one of them just did a girl’s weekend here. She too was blown out of the water. Massage’s etc. are on the pricey side, but you don’t have to book those to enjoy this facility. I highly recommend this spa to those visiting the area.

IN CLOSING
Club Intrawest has a very clean and quite facility. It’s not a huge place that’s overrun with people and will help with those looking to relax. Food choices in the area are sub-par, but Intrawest’s tools such as a mini-fridge, microwave, and shared bbq’s allow you to cook some great meals for yourself. The boathouse also has a public access computer for you to use the internet. We enjoyed this perk and most of the time no one was using it. If I were to re-book a place in this area Club Intrawest would be high on my list. I took note of other facilities in the area while there and I didn’t see anything I’d consider over the Intrawest with my next visit.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Embarc Blue Mountain
Address: 277 Jozo Weider Blvd, Blue Mountains, Ontario L9Y 0V2, Canada (Formerly Club Intrawest - Blue Mountain)
Region: Canada > Ontario > Grey County > Blue Mountains
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Blue Mountains
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Hotel Class:3 star — Embarc Blue Mountain 3*
Number of rooms: 53
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