My hubby and I once again snagged a deal via a Travelzoo deal that we used to get away for my birthday weekend for Fri Jan 3 and Sat Jan 4th, this time for the Kingfisher Resort just south of Courtenay on Vancouver Island. The deal was for two nights in an oceanview basic room for $255 that included $100 worth of credits ($70 for spa; $30 for restaurant). The basic room was nice enough, very clean and nicely appointed but had no significant extras such as a fireplace or kitchenette and the bathroom was basic as well. So we asked if an upgrade was possible and it was; for an additional $75 per night we upgraded to an Orca Suite which was oceanfront with walk out access to the beach. The upgrade transition went very smoothly. The suite included a kitchenette, gas fireplace, a larger bathroom with a jetted tub and the bedroom had a kingbed in a separate room. The room was really nice and clean however we did notice a couple of small maintenance issues: the freezer door inside the fridge was broken off so it was frosting up and made it difficult to close the fridge door properly and the toilet did not seem to be bolted tightly to the floor so it rocked and made noise each time someone sat down. There were also a couple of stains on the carpet in the front room. These points aside, the suite was very nice. The view of the ocean across to the mainland and Coast Mountain range was spectacular and we took lots of photos of the magnificant sunrise both mornings during our stay.
We booked hyrdropath treatments with our spa credit and found the entire experience very unique and relaxing and very professionally managed. We also enjoyed using the outdoor heated pool, hot tub and steam cave adjacant to the spa. I noticed they had some reasonable time restrictions on when kids could use these guest facilitites which I thought was novel as we've not used pools and hot tubs at other hotels in the past because it was too loud and hectic. The grounds are really nicely landscaped with lots of terrific driftwood art objects placed here and there.
We also had a dinner reservation for Saturday night in the resort restaurant that was really great that I made at the time of making our accommodation reservation. We had great service and found the food and beverages really tasty, although perhaps a tad on the expensive side. It all depends of your definition of good value I guess. We didn't take any other meals in the restaurant so this was a very nice treat.
Check out was quick, easy and accurate so all in all I have no problem recommending this place to others and if the opportunity presents itself, we'll return for another getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa. Warm hospitality. Full service spa including the Pacific Mist Hydropath(R). Exceptional service. Be yourself. Be pampered. We'll take care of the rest... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kingfisher Oceanside Hotel Courtenay
- Kingfisher Oceanside Resort And Spa Courtenay, Vancouver Island, Canada