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“magical refuge”
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Gold Coast Retreat
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“magical refuge”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

we returned to Tofino for the first time in many years, and for the first time to Gold Coast Retreat; it has become for us part of the magic of Tofino, 5 minute walk from a beautiful Chesterman Beach, outdoor porcelain bath tub, outdoor shower, candles, crystals, plus flat screen tv and wifi and coffee maker and laundry and dryer, almost like being home, but better!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Burnaby, Canada
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

I'm can't express how ecstatic I am that we found the Gold Coast Retreat, I've stayed in a number of places in Tofino most of them considered luxurious and highly rated. But not anymore, I wouldn't stay anywhere except Gold Coast.
The privacy of the Haidaway Cabin while still being about 1 minute from Chesterman Beach is remarkable. The amazing attention to detail was impressive. Gorgeous fresh flowers when we arrived, excellently set-up kitchen, great linens, the outdoor tub complete with bubble bath and candles. Oh, and did we mention the finnish sauna, wow.
Thank you Sulo and Louise for a trip to be remembered. We'll be back and we've already told all our friends! :)

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

We received 2 weekends in Tofino as wedding gifts. One for the Wickaninnish and one for the Gold Coast Retreat. I quite enjoy a good luxury hotel, and the Retreat blew the Wick out of the water! The Shipwreck was such a sweet rustic cabin, and you can tell the owners put so much love into the place. There wasn't anything out of place, and everything was in impeccable shape. It was freezing and rainy, but I enjoyed an amazing tub on the deck and finished off with a sauna!!! We spend a lot of time in Tofino and I am so happy we have found this place, it is a real gem and we will certainly be back. Unlike my husband I don't surf but this cabin will keep you relaxed all day long.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Canada
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Where do I even start? My husband and I wanted to find a place to celebrate our Birthdays and Gold Coast Resort was recommended by a colleague. We arrived late in the evening and were greeted by a lovely hand written note on the door Welcoming us to our special place. The romantic almost dreamlike lighting of the deck outside and the beautiful claw footed blue bathtub was a welcoming sight after our journey. Upon entering our home, Where the key ring to the door was an actual fishing lure..we found another note on the table with a bottle of Champagne and some delicious chocolates with a wish to enjoy our Birthdays.
Inside the quaint and cozy Ship Wreck we found all amenities that a person could possibly need along with a TV, DVD Player and Stereo System. (Linens, cutlery, bathroom essentials, were also all provided) It's difficult to describe the warmth, coziness, the pure comfort and relaxation that the Ship Wreck honestly is.
From our moment of arrival until the very last moment of departure we felt at ease and indulged in being lazy and exploring the Pacific Ocean..the small personal touches of sea shells an beach treasures which are located all over the Ship Wreck add to the charm, and made it just that much harder to actually leave.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

We stayed in the Ship Wreck studio for several days. From the moment we walked in until we left, we felt so comfortable and "at home" that we both thought "we could live here!" It's quaint, cozy, warm, and completely equipped (range, fridge, utensils, dishes, laundry, etc.). It was sparkling clean, the bed very comfortable, the sauna wonderful, and the outside tub a great amenity. Our instructions were to call the owners after we arrived, the door being open already; and Sulo was there right away to give us a full orientation. We were made to feel like more than just customers, almost like a member of the family. The location is just across a quiet street from scenic Chesterman Beach and a short drive into Tofino. We made our reservation directly with the owners, and Louise was very prompt with her responses. There's no question in our minds that we will return on our next trip!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cobble Hill, BC, Canada
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Reviewed 12 January 2013

My husband and I along with our dog stayed in the Hacienda cottage for 3 nights over the Christmas break to relax and destress. This was a great place to do it. The hosts made everything as easy as possible, the location was perfect, and the cottage was very comfortable. We really enjoyed the sauna one afternoon and spent many hours laying around reading, going for walks on the beach, and enjoying some fine dining in Tofino and Uclulet. We went for one full moon stroll and had the place to ourselves with only one photographer to be found from one end of Chesterman to the other.

The kitchen is well stocked for camping and the accomodations are very comfortable. The hosts are very relaxed and where very unintrusive.

We'll certainly return in the future.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sidney, BC, Canada
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

If you are on a vacation to relax, enjoy the local beaches, perhaps do a little surfing, this home away from home is ideal. The Shipwreck (one of three cottages) is a charming cozy cottage with all the amenities. And I mean all. You do not have to bring a thing except your personal affects. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, cleaning supplies, condiments, spices, coffee, tea, coffee bean grinder, paper towels and much more. There is your own private laundry room with washer, dryer, laundry soap etc. A BBQ on the deck. You even have a fancy sound system hooked up to the satellite TV. There are books, magazines and DVDs. It is like you walked into someone’s house and stayed for awhile. All the cottage fixtures are updated with directional lighting, dimmer switches, new shower and toilet, fancy coffee maker, full size fridge, microwave. I really liked the antique chairs and the kitchen table. The table was made from an old wagon wheel with wood inlayed to provide a nice surface. Very cool.
Everything about this place spells relaxing from the warm, nicely decorated interior to the funky outdoor bathtub (they provide the bubble bath soap) and sauna. It is so comfortable and clean and it is only a 5 minute walk down a path to Chesterman beach.
You get all this for far less than most resorts in the area. It is also a very private yard, quiet with no neighbours walking by. If you are looking for a hotel with a bar or close to pubs so you can party, walk back to your room and party some more then this place is probably not for you. But if you are looking for a relaxing, private getaway, away from the busy resorts then I highly recommend giving this place a try. I am sure you won't be disappointed.

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Gold Coast Retreat
Address: 1338 1340 Chesterman Beach Road | British Columbia, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
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Ranked #3 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Tofino
Number of rooms: 3
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Gold Coast Retreat Tofino, Canada - Vancouver Island

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