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“Pacific Suite Luxury Villa was wonderful”

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Pacific Sands Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
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Reviewed 12 November 2009

Just got back from 3 nights in the Pacific Sands - Pacific Suite Luxury Villa (#36). It was wonderful for 2 couples as this unit's second bedroom also faces the ocean. Hot tub and view was amazing, stone throw to the beach and crashing waves. As they have noted in their last e-letter, the villa's are starting to show "slight" signs of general use and are all slotted for a general upgrade in 2010 - new bedding, carpet, appliances, furniture, lighting etc. Unit was spotlessly clean, kitchen was well stocked (although it is good they are putting in a new stove as it is VERY slow), and ample towels were provided. We got a great "fall deal" on the room (~$350CAN + taxes) which is regularly ~ $500 CAN, not sure how this compares to others but you really can't put a price on the location and view. Shared between two couples this is very reasonable.
Can't wait to go back (again and again).

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2009

This resort’s ideal location on Cox Bay offers an incredible palette of subjects and moods for artists no matter the weather or the season. Better yet, it offers classy but comfortable accommodation – and every unit has a view of the beach and ocean.

People come here for serious storm-watching and complimentary slickers await guests inside each front door. It’s quite a colourful sight to watch all the yellow jackets beetling along the sand in the West Coast “mist” or surf’s spray.

Our group of eight, five of us keen painters, stayed in two spacious villas for four nights in October. Floor-to-ceiling windows allowed us to stay dry inside while painting the rain pelting over the ocean. We also sheltered in the covered fire pit area for a different perspective.

When the sun came out, we all rushed to grab the glorious beach vistas and a number of fine paintings were done by all.

Each Pacific Sands unit has a full kitchen and we enjoyed gathering in one villa or another for friendly art critiques and pot-luck dinners at the end of each day. Our group are anxious to return again next year and others are already asking if they can join us.

By the way, I’ve been going to Pacific Sands with family and friends since they opened in 1973 and I’ve never had a bad time yet.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank Ozcantravel
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Reviewed 4 November 2009

We stayed 3 nights over Thanksgiving. Website encouraged 3 night stay at high prices.
We booked a studio which was small but nice, although outside appearance of block looked very delapidated. The room was ok, but we could not control heating from fire and almost melted during the night.
The next day the room was still not serviced by 3.30pm.
After complaint, we were relocated to larger room, better situated (partly because nearly everyone seemed to leave after Thanksgiving).
New room excellent & views to beach beautiful. We got 1 wonderful sunset in 3 nights.
Beach full of birds & surfers.
A short drive to Pacific Rim Park beaches for which parking is charged, or to Chesterman (?) beach which is slightly more developed.
Wi-Fi (free) only if you are close enough to the office.
Although room contained kitchen with facilties, there is no food onsite, so breakfast/dinner needs mainly to be in Tofino some 10 minutes+ along the road.
Memorable, but not always for the right reasons!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Albert K
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Reviewed 29 October 2009

The beach is just 20 m from the Villa. The Villa itself was a piece of beauty with a great view over the bay. It was great to watch the surfers and walk along the beach. Perfect place.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Thank AirAlf
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Reviewed 13 October 2009

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Tofino with my 16 year old niece and we spent a wonderful couple of days at the Pacific Sands. From the moment we arrived, until the moment we left, everything was just about perfect. The room had a small and well stocked kitchen, the view onto the beach was breathtaking and the beds and all other amenities were wonderful. We literally walked out our door onto the amazing beach and we walked the beach for a good hour enjoying the surfers and the surf. The staff had recommended that we head out to Sunset Point to catch the sun setting over the Pacific, and, even though it was a bit cloudy, the view was wonderful and the hike to get there was most enjoyable. The staff were consistently friendly and helpful - whether it was helping us to choose a restaurant in Tofino or pointing out where the Yahtzee games were stored we were consistently impressed with the friendliness. My only complaint was that our stay was too short but we will definitely be back the next time we are in Tofino.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 September 2009

We stayed in a Beach Villa (#37). It is a beautiful tri-level, two-bedroom attached villa directly on the beach. Full-height glass windows wrap around the corner of both the living room and master bedroom. The entire villa is designed with a contemporary, natural feel--wood ceilings, slate floors, gas fireplaces in the LR and MB, great furniture. But what you will be drawin to is that remarkable view and the sound of crashing waves right outside your balcony.

Everything you need for an extended stay has been thought of. The kitchen is well stocked with cookware and dishes. There is even a washer and dryer in the unit. The master bedroom has a large soaking tub open to the room and that beautiful view. Towels and linens are very nice quality. One curious omission is the lack of a TV in the second bedroom. I cannot imagine why you would even want to watch TV in this setting. However, it would seem logical to put one in what is undoubtedly used as a children's room.

One should be aware however that this is less of a "resort" as the name implies and more like renting a private villa. There is no daily maid service, no one to help bring your bags to the room (luggage carts are left in the parking lot for your use), no real resort amenities such as a pool or hot tubs or a gym. In fact there is not even a restaurant or lounge or convenience store on the property. It simply a beautiful accomodation on one of the prettiest and dramatic beaches to be found anywhere. I would stay there again in a heartbeat-but i do not require hotel-type amenities to enjoy my stay. Bring your own wine and cheese, coffe and breakfast and enjoy them on your balcony.

The Long Beach Lodge is located immediatley adjacent to the property. you can walk down the beach and enjoy a cocktail or a meal in their wonderful lodge should you wish to go out without driving.

Finally, do not miss taking a walk to Sunset Point. this rocky headland is the private property of the Pacific Sands and offers an astounding view of not only Cox Bay (where the resort is located) but also of Chesterman Beach and the crashing Pacific on the rocks. Bring a bottle of wine and enjoy it on one of the many benches the resort has set out to enjoy the spectacular scenery and sunsets.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 September 2009

Room was fab. We stayed for 3 nights but should have stayed longer.
Room has great views and we could walk out the 'front door' and almost straight onto the beach. Rooms on the floor above (hotels room only on 2 levels - ground level and one level above) might have had a slightly better view but they only had access to beach from their back door.
Hotel reception office staff were very helpful. DVDs available to rent, body boards available for use, could book whale watching etc etc.
Cox Beach is one of the most beautiful on the coast between Ucluelet and Tofino - we did look at some of the others but they just weren't as good.
Our kids loved the surf and now want to take lessons.
It was also good to be able to do some simple meals in the room and not worry about having to go out anywhere after eating out for many days beforehand.
Overall just a wonderful place to chill out

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Address: 1421 Pacific Rim Hwy. | Box 237, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District > Clayoquot Sound > Tofino
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Tofino
#3 Romantic Hotel in Tofino
#4 Family Hotel in Tofino
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Tofino
Price Range: £114 - £351 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pacific Sands Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 77
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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