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“Delightful suite and charming hostess”
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Ocean View from the Lounge
Bedroom with queen sized pillow top mattress & dual controlled electric mattress pad for cool night Private deck off bedroom overlooking creek ... keep an eye open for local deer!
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Ocean View from the Lounge
Bedroom with queen sized pillow top mattress & dual controlled electric mattress pad for cool night
Private deck off bedroom overlooking creek ... keep an eye open for local deer!
Sitting area in bedroom with electric fireplace
Enjoy the sounds of the creek from your bedroom deck
Bathroom with tub, rain shower head and locally made organic soap!
Cushy white towels
Cozy plush robes for all to enjoy!
Hall from bedroom past bathroom (on left) to lounge
Entering the lounge from the hall
Comfy leather couch makes into a queen size bed
Coffee maker and tea kettle with full complement of dishes and cutlery
Lovely view from the lounge
Sunny lounge with satellite TV, DVD, fridge and microwave
Karibu!  Welcome!
Enjoy breakfast on your deck with ocean view.
A few steps down to your private deck with professionally maintained hot tub
A great place to spend time!
This deck is fully fenced for your kids and dogs
Enjoy the Safari Theme!
Stone path to your entrance!  The yard is fully fenced for your pooch to enjoy.
Full moon over Horseshoe Bay!
1/2 Block from Dog Friendly Pebbly Beach
A winter's morning sunrise... still a fabulous time to visit!
Enjoy the 20 minute Ferry Ride!
Just a short 25 minute water taxi to downtown Vancouver
Tourism BC Approved!  We are inspected regularly to ensure quality accommodation!
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Private Room, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Bowen Island, British Columbia

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Nleblez
Langley, Canada
1 review
“Delightful suite and charming hostess”
Reviewed 27 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

I took my elderly mother and yorkie for two nights at Carol's Safari Suite. We were enchanted with the African decor and all the special touches that made us feel at home. The location is a short walk into town and very close to the beach. Carol made us feel very welcomed...even the dog had a bed, water dish and treats waiting for him. The fridge was stocked with fruit, yogurt and muffins and the tools for making hot drinks. We enjoyed the hot tub and the very cool HDTV. We plan to go back and recommend it to everyone with or without a dog.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with pets
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Management Response
29 Aug 2015
Thank you so much Janelle - was such a treat to have the 3 of you stay here. I enjoyed our chats - your mom is so lovely! Please come back any time ...once you get that "bucket list" taken care of! Hugs to all!
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Brad B
1 review
“Great pet friendly accomodation with great hospitality!”
Reviewed 26 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We had a great stay at the Simply Safari guest suite! The suite was as advertised and the hot tub was a huge highlight for us. Although there isn't a kitchen, the suite was stocked with fresh muffins, fruit, coffee and tea which was very convenient. There's a small fridge and microwave. Wi-Fi and satellite TV work great. It's just a couple minutes away from Snug Cove where the food options are very good. Although Carol was away on safari, host Glen was very gracious. We especially enjoyed our hike with Glen and Duffy on Saturday morning around Killarney lake. Thanks for helping us get to know the area better, Glen! Simply Safari is a place we would return to based on the great value and dog friendly aspect. The suite is connected to the owner's house and was a little less private than we expected, but it certainly didn't spoil the mood for us. We had a great weekend on Bowen!

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Liked best: Very dog friendly, great hot tub!
Liked least: Not as private as we had thought
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
27 Feb 2015
Thank you so much for your kind words - sorry I missed meeting you myself! We are very concerned for your privacy while visiting Simply Safari Guest Suite as we recognize vacation time is precious! I hope we will get a chance to meet on a return visit sometime! All the Best ... Carol
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boobyis
Vancouver, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Homey space with thoughtful little bonuses”
Reviewed 15 October 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Simply Safari Suite is a fantastic vacation spot on Bowen Island. A short 10 to 15 minute walk to town, the ferries and excellent restaurants. Carol let us have free reign over the hot tub if we wished and brought us fresh muffins and yogurt for breakfasts.
The space is your own suite. A very large bedroom with its own little balcony, a large bathroom with a wonderful rainshower and a living room with a mini fridge and coffee/tea supplies.
Very thoughtful having small flashlights by the door to take with you when you go to town, as it gets pitch black on Bowen with no street lights, and it's something you wouldn't think of if you've never been there.
Highly recommend staying here.

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Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
17 Oct 2014
Thank you so much for the thumbs up Barb! The hot tub is only for our guests and so glad to see you enjoying it after your run! Great way to work out the kinks! Love to see you again! Cheers Carol
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builtbyag...
Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
“Cute and comfortable by the beach”
Reviewed 12 October 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Carol was very welcoming and accommodating. Her place is very close to a beautiful swimming beach and has nice hot tub to soak in after a dip. It is a close walk to town. My dad and I enjoyed a very quiet, peaceful few days on the island. Would recommend to anyone!

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Liked best: The beach access
Liked least: washing dishes in the bathroom sink
Travelling group: Other
Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
12 Oct 2014
So glad you had some great "dad" time...was lovely to meet you both... many thanks!
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Houston, Texas
Reviewed 26 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

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Liked best: The cosy bedroom and African themed decor.
Travelling group: Solo
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Management Response
27 Jul 2014
Thank you Linda... was great to have you here even for a short stay! Look forward to seeing you again and hopefully you can bring your family with you next time! All the Best! Carol
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DoxaPar
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
“Excellent! Will be back to our Bowen Home”
Reviewed 14 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Host- Carol is wonderful. Polite, accommodating, caring, friendly and an absolute joy to be around. She does a great job of making you feel welcome and making sure your stay is special. Carol introduced us to many of the great people on Bowen Island so we had a wonderful time meeting the local residents, hearing and learning about them and making new friends. She was available anytime we needed and went the extra mile for us several times - getting tickets for us for local events, letting us know about fun things to do, offering advice about Bowen, and recommending shops and local food. Finally, Carol is a master host - knowing just when to "be around" for a nice chat and when to make herself invisible for some extra privacy.

Accommodations - The place is CLEAN! and immaculate. When we arrived the suite was in perfect order, cool and filled with a lovely lavender scent from island-made soaps and scents. I was a bit apprehensive staying here (I'm usually a hotel guy) but will weep the next time I have to stay in a hotel. The suite was well provisioned with anything you'd need - coffee, dishes, a small table, soaps, napkins, a fan, fresh fruit, extra blankets, beach chairs and our oft-used wine and can opener. The hot tub was a delight we hadn't anticipated. The weather was just cool enough (mid-high 60s) in the even to make the hot tub spectacular in the evenings. Carol really under-sells this place. It's far better than the description and photos.

Bowen Island - My wife cried when we left. And I was close to doing so as well. The trials, Snug Cove business area, people, boats, ferry, and slow-paced friendly attitudes made this our favorite vacation ever. We're already talking about the next time we can come here (move here?!). It is truly a piece of paradise in the pacific NW. When my wife and I planned our trip to Vancouver we planned to spend most of our time on the mainland but, in fact, we only left the Island once. Bowen is a great place. There are plenty of food and dining options available right on the Island to keep you entertained for several nights.

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Liked best: The location, the host and the accomodations
Liked least: I had to leave.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
25 Jul 2014
I cried when you left too.... Come back soon Shannon & Jeremy! (and thank you so much for your kind review ... was special for me to spend time with you)
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Foreverli...
Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
172 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Wonderful weekend away!”
Reviewed 4 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014

I stayed at the Simply Safari Suite with my boyfriend, brother and his girlfriend for a 2-night weekend getaway from Vancouver. The booking process was quick and easy, and Carol even picked us up from the ferry so we didn't have to make the 10 min walk with our luggage. The cabin was exactly as it looked in the pictures, with a spacious bedroom and very clean bathroom. It was a little cosy with 4 people but worked for us, we made use of the sofa bed in the living room which was comfortable. The yogurt and muffins were a really nice touch for breakfast every morning, and we used the coffee maker (though the coffee was slightly old and not to everyone's taste).

We had a dog with us so the outdoor space was really great. He got along very well with Sophie and Duffy! We also loved the deck and made very good use of the hot tub which was a great treat (even though we couldn't work out how to get the jets working at full-power on both sides, we just took turns!).

The location of the cabin was good, and we walked to the main street in about 10 minutes, which was a nice walk. We walked everywhere on the island and didn't have any problems. The dog beach just a block away was great for taking the dog in the mornings, and we also hiked Dorman Point and ran to the lake and back. On our final day, Carol offered to store our luggage in her shop while we went for a hike, which was so helpful.

Overall, a very good value, pet friendly stay. I would return!

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
4 Jul 2014
Thank you for choosing Simply Safari Suite Lizzie. It was great to see all of you and especially your baby Boston Terrier... what a cutie!
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