Our family (2 adults, 2 teenagers) booked Villa 25 for 4 nights to watch storms in February. We researched the options for storm watching and decided that Pacific Sands with their full kitchen Villas would work best for our family, but I have to admit, I didn’t really believe the Villa would be close enough to the beach to really appreciate the waves without going outside. I was wrong. While we did spend a good deal of time on the beach and surrounding promontories, we spent literally hours sitting quietly at our windows watching the storm and listening to the wind and thundering surf with a cup of tea and the gas fireplaces bathing us in heat. The upstairs master bedroom was particularly good for viewing the beach and the large soaker tub in the room provides an exceptional view as well.
The kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans, cutlery, a kettle, mixer, etc. and provided most of what I wanted in cooking utensils but if you plan to cook with garlic, bring your own press (we were warned ahead of time about this!). Also there was coffee, tea, and sugar, and salt and pepper. One reviewer complained about the lack of housekeeping in the Villas. This was one of the drawing features for us. If we required anything, we just put a note in the bin provided and put in on the porch and the next time we looked what we needed was there. This preserved our privacy and was still very convenient. The staff we did interact with were friendly and helpful. One employee rushed out to wipe the luggage carrier dry when she saw me emptying it of the night’s accumulation of rainwater.
The quality of the Villas also exceeded my expectations. We liked the heated tile floors. The high ceilings, natural wood, and color schemes were all pleasing to the eye. It was also spotless when we arrived. I gained appreciate for this after several nights. The deck and upstairs patio were covered in debris from the trees, and the windows were covered in salt spray from the ocean and I watched a worker meticulously sweep the deck, wipe down chairs and railings, and wash the windows of the Villa next door. She must have spent a ½ an hour on it and after she was done you would never know it was the same deck. Unlike some other reviewers, we found the beds to be comfortable and appreciated the proliferance of pillows. The Villas are not refined and elegant, nor posh and luxurious, but they are certainly comfortable, clean, and attractive. Their west coast styling and good integration with the forest insure that they do not detract from the aesthetics of the location. There is lots of construction going on at the resort, constant upgrading, and repairs, but we were not bothered at all by this. Once inside our villa, or on the beach, what was happening in the rest of the complex had little impact on our experience.
The beach is of course spectacular and I particularly liked the Villa we had because we were able to see the end of the little peninsula of land that sticks out from the north end of the beach, watch the waves crash over it, and also watch the waves swirl in around this point, up through a boulder field and create multiple wave intersections with the out rush colliding sideways with the new incoming waves. Sunset Point during a storm is also jaw dropping. At one point large dollops of sea foam were flying over the point. I thought they were birds at first, but then when I realized what they were I was amazed. It is a very large point. Speaking of birds, there were oyster catchers and several varieties of gulls as well as about 4 different kinds of shore birds. These are wonderful to watch in the early morning as they move in wave-like patterns at the edge of the incoming water darting with amazing speed on their little legs. I also enjoyed the company of some lovely little brown birds, quite tame, in the bushes on the way to the point.
Areas for improvement:
1. A DVD player in the master bedroom.
2. Squeegees for the windows – especially during storms.
3. The gift store clothing was rather picked over – only small and extra large sizes.
4. Throw blankets – the large comforters on the beds are not good for cozying up on a chair in front of the window.
5. I agree with an earlier reviewer who complained of a lack of chair in the upstairs master bedroom. We carried up a dining room chair, but not the most comfortable.
6. There was no heater register in the second bedroom, so by morning it was pretty cool if the kids wanted their door closed.
7. Our sons brought their X-box which was easy enough for them to plug into the TV, but the general quality of both TVs was below average. Also, the height of the TVs was a little hard on the neck, but there is not much that can be done about this given the layout of the rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pacific Sands Beach Resort is located on 41 pristine acres of property and 2500 feet of ocean front on Cox Bay. Adjacent to the Pacific Rim National Park all suites and Luxury Beach Houses offer spectacular ocean or beach front views, mesmerizing sunsets and breathtaking storm watching. A walk to Pettinger Point is a must. Enjoy unrivaled culinary splendors at one of Tofino's many restaurants. Adventure tours of the Clayoquot Sound, beach combing and surfing are the most popular activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pacific Sands Beach Hotel Tofino
- Pacific Sands Beach Tofino
- Pacific Sands Beach Resort Tofino, Canada - Vancouver Island