This is my first review, but was my fourth trip! Bedwell is sort of one of this magical places you almost don't want to tell anyone about for fear of it getting crowded and thus as a visitor having less of an experience. With the four year break between visit three and four, I found the place even more exceptional. The attentiveness and true caring of an awesome staff is one of those things you wish all resorts did, but don't. This trip I brought 4 teenagers and my friend who didn't think she could participate due to a health issue. They absolutely bent over backward for her..helping into a boat to go salmon fishing was the ultimate! The kids were everywhere doing all different things, together sometimes,part other times. As usual I had to qualms about their safety as guides look after everyone very very well. I felt the same security I did when mt son was ten and we first went there. One of our teenagers caught four salmon on two trips out..last one a 25 pounder! A whale beached right next to their boat! It always expecting the unexpected that adds to the adventure that is CWR! The new tents are perfect...I admit to not being excited about not having indoor plumbing...the new tents are aren't just that..it's a cedar bathroom w/heated floors, a door that opens to an "outdoor" private shower with 2 different shower heads...looking up at the stars through the rain forest. It simply doesn't get better than that! While some may be "put off" by the price...just add up all the adventures, top notch gourmet meals, drinks, 24/7 available snacks, top guide costs, boat rentals, equipment rentals, time to find all that stuff, horse rental..the list goes on....add it up and it actually would be more frustration and cost than the wilderness resort!!
I can go on, but you get the idea. Book early, as they are getting popular....yet, when it's full, with all the various activities it never ever seems crowded in any way.
One caveat. Although don't allow smoking in the tents or building, they did allow a group of German tourist to smoke in the common area, which means if you are a nonsmoker can't stand cigar smoke, the common area..where you sit around a wonderful outdoor fire and compare adventure stories with the other guest....was not available. To make things worse, the smoke would drift into the the lodge so we had to go to the very back to get away from it. The staff didn't look to happy about it, but of course, would necessary say anything.
Overall, on a scale of 10. This, despite the smoking policy that should be changed, is a 12+!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Safari Style Tent Camp and adventure Resort located in the Clayoquot Sound World Biosphere. Rates are all inclusive including seaplane transfers to/from the Resort and Vancouver BC, accommodations in luxury tents, gourmet meals, all beverages including bar, and all personally guided adventure activities including Bear and Whale Watching, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, kayaking and much more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Clayoquot Wilderness Hotel Tofino