I was invited to a conference at "The Haven" and, so, thought of it as a resort rather than a B & B where one might stay for a few nights. There are massage rooms, beautiful grounds and several "self-improvement" course with a definite New Age tinge. The food was part of the conference and offered both meat and meatless options, served as a small cafeteria. Coffee and a couple of kinds of tea, along with bread and a toaster, were available always. That came in handy when I stayed one day longer than the conference: there was no breakfast! If they do offer B & B as the reviews seems to suggest, it is worth it, but you will need a car, unless you are a keen walker and don't mind the rain. Gabriola Island is very green and there is a reason for that. Although I have ticked "business" below, it is because it was a conference venue. It would be suitable for the other categories shown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Haven is a not-for-profit charitable organization located on beautiful Gabriola Island, BC, Canada. We offer programs for personal and professional development - skills to be fully alive, have healthy relationships and communicate effectively. Although most people visit The Haven to participate in in our educational programs, you may also enjoy our property as a private guest when space is available. Our accommodations are very basic - no valet parking, room service, or chocolate on your pillow. We will not pamper you, but nature likely will. Accommodations range from rustic cabins tucked away among the trees to suites overlooking quiet coastline waters. You will feel far from the hustle and bustle of the city, even though Gabriola Island is only 20 minutes by ferry from Nanaimo, or a 20 minute float plane ride from Vancouver. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), fitness gym, and on-site massage and other bodywork. While you are here, take a walk on beachfront trails, visit local art galleries and shops, participate in morning yoga and movement, or slide into a comfortable chair to catch up on some reading. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Haven Hotel Gabriola Island