This was our second time staying at the Desolation Resort and we were delighted to find the place as beautiful as ever (after about 14 years since our last visit!). The lovely wood chalets are all unique, nestled in the trees and overlooking the spectacular and very private Desolation Sound.
We were in chalet #5, which had two bedrooms and a loft, plenty of room for our extended family of 6. The chalet was spotless and well equipped. I agree with some comments that the furnishings are not especially refined or elegant, but this is a remote chalet in the woods and the furnishings are comfortable and fine for the setting. And we loved our coffee table made out of a large cut & finished piece of tree trunk.
The staff was very kind and helpful -- cheerfully offering us new towels every day and otherwise willing to help with recommendations.
The cabins have decks overlooking the water and we spent several peaceful mornings and evenings admiring the view, complete with eagles and seals making an occasional appearance. Our chalet did have its view obstructed by a number of large trees and we debated whether we thought it would be appropriate in a setting like this to "thin" a couple of them to improve the view of the water or whether it was better to be embraced within the trees. I'm not sure we ever came to a conclusion on that, but if you want an unobstructed view of the sound, choose a different chalet. Chalet 5 also does not have a hot tub, but I understand that it is one of the few chalets that can pick up wireless in the chalet itself (slow, but it works).
The free use of canoes and kayaks is a wonderful feature and we used both. You have to carry them (or use the small wheeled cart) a short distance down the hill to launch. Life jackets are also provided. I recommend kayaking over to the small cliffs on the opposite side of the sound where there is a first nations pictograph on the rocks.
As others have said, the Laughing Oyster nearby is a delight for dinner. And Lund is a very quaint town about 10 minutes away -- worth visiting for (among other things) cinnamon buns at Nancy's Bakery in the morning.
This is a wonderfully quiet spot -- no tvs, no phones, no road noise. It's the perfect place to relax and soak in the magnificence of the coastal BC rainforest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the gateway to Desolation Sound, these unique and fully furnished oceanfront chalets are in a park like setting on an eight acre waterfront property. Our chalets are ideal for your family vacation, reunions, weddings or that perfect getaway. Some of our chalets have a private hot tub on the deck. Each chalet boasts a unique individual design. Interiors done in local wood. All our chalets have a full kitchen, BBQ and a deck. The chalets are of different sizes and the larger ones can accommodate up to 8 persons. Complimentary kayaks and canoes are available for our guests to use.Packages with accommodation, dining, kayaking or boating are available. A whole range of activities offered by local outfitters, can be booked through the resort. The Laughing Oyster Restaurant is just down the road from us and offer great meals with a West Coast flavor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desolation Hotel Powell River