What can you say about a hotel room that has three huge windows? Walking into the room you are greeted by a full-sized picture window next to a fireplace. For me, trips to Tofino are about relaxing, and I spent hours and hours sitting in a squishy comfy chair, sometimes watching the sea or the surfers, and sometimes just reading. The second window is sliding doors onto the balcony; a balcony which is recessed rather than protruding and so is not at all overlooked. On the balcony are two adirondack chairs, and in your closet you will find a vast (and iconic) Hudson's Bay Blanket in case you are chilly. The chairs have slats with gaps between them, which is handy, because the back wall of the balcony is a full-sized window into your luxury bathroom. You can actually sit in the tub (it is designed to accommodate two comfortably) and watch the beach, while the backs of the chairs protect your modesty.
My partner and I try to get to the Wick every year, and it really does get better and better. Most establishments would rest on their laurels at this point, but the Wick always strives to improve. New this year are a remote for the blind at the bathroom window, and a dresser with a television that appears at the touch of a button (replacing the former, somewhat inelegant, armoirs).
Think you can't afford the Wick? We certainly couldn't at the height of summer, but rates change through the year, and our trip this month cost only $260 per night.
Customer service at this hotel is in a class of its own. A bottle of sparkling wine and basket of fruit greeted us in the room, along with vouchers for a free yoga class, and for coffee and house-made pastries at the Driftwood lounge (I think these bonuses were because we stayed 5 nights). My yoga class was delayed (the teacher's child had an issue at school - these things happen), and not only did they find another excellent teacher just an hour later, they also invited me to come back for a complimentary class the next day.
Other than the hotel itself, a highlight of this trip was encountering a fisherman on the daily walk down the beach. He had just deposited the head of the tuna he had caught that morning at the water's edge for the birds. We watched with him as first one crow and one eagle found the bounty. It didn't take long for word to spread. By about the five-minute mark there were 9 eagles and many crows negotiating their place in the pecking order.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wickaninnish Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property since 1997, overlooks the Pacific Ocean from a rocky point on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast, near the eclectic town of Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park. Two contemporary cedar buildings, set against a backdrop of ancient rainforest, boast an extensive local art collection (complemented by the neighbouring wood carving shed), and all rooms and suites offer ocean or beach views, gas fireplace, soaker tub and individual balcony. Uncompromising service, including a Clefs d’Or Concierge team, is a standard. The sole resort on Chesterman Beach, Tofino’s longest at 2.5km/1.5mi, the Inn is home to refined West Coast cuisine at The Pointe Restaurant and naturally-inspired treatments at its intimate Ancient Cedars Spa. Tofino’s McDiarmid family welcomes you to this locally owned, world renowned sanctuary offering Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wickaninnish Inn And The Pointe Restaurant Hotel Tofino
- The Wickaninnish Hotel And Pointe
- Wickaninnish Inn And The Pointe Restaurant Tofino, Canada - Vancouver Island