We stayed at Sunshine Coast Resort in Madeira Park for two nights and overall were pleased with our stay. The one bedroom suite (210) that we stayed in was roomy and the location was great, with a small private patio overlooking the harbour. When I say overlooking, I mean that you could see the harbour if you were standing up but not when you were seated. The same is true for the view from the living room. Nevertheless, I thought it was lovely and I appreciated that we could come and go directly from our suite through the patio door, rather than via the lobby.
The kitchen was clean and well equipped with a good-size fridge, stove and dishwasher, table and four chairs, dishes, pots and pans, etc. The bed was a little on the hard side but relatively comfortable. My complaint was with the pillows, which were very hard and lumpy. If you have neck issues I would suggest bringing your own pillow. The living room sofa also converted into a bed, and although I can’t attest to its comfort as a bed, it wasn’t terribly comfortable to sit on. The bathroom was clean, large and attractive with two sinks and an extra long spa bathtub. The only issue we had with this suite is that the sofa could have used a good vacuuming and cleaning. We noticed that when we placed the bolsters on the coffee table to use as footrests the coffee table was full of dust and other tiny bits of debris after removing the bolsters.
We love the Sunshine Coast for its forests, great hiking trails with spectacular views (even the low level ones). The gentleman at the front desk provided us with a map of the trails and made a couple of good suggestions, which we took. One of them followed the ocean with constant, stunning views. This trail was rocky but easy to navigate. He also gave us the times of the tide changes at Skookumchuck Narrows, which is worth the drive for the powerful wave action. We went early and took a picnic, but after more than an hour the tide didn’t seem to be changing. On a previous visit we had seen the tide change, but decided this time not to wait since we were getting cold. It is worth the walk though, even if you don’t go to see the tides, along a beautiful forest path that is generally flat.
On our return trip to the ferry we also did another hike at Cliff Gilker park near Roberts Creek. It was spectacular, with bridges crossing the creek, rapids, emerald-coloured moss and, of course, beautiful tall trees. This was also a non-strenuous hike suitable for kids and non-athletic adults. And there are plenty of other hikes and parks as well. http://www.scrd.ca/parks
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel and Marina offers its guests a unique resort experience, with stunning ocean views from every room and every corner of the property. The Resort itself is very intimate with less than 20 accommodations, which allows for careful detail and high quality amenities. Sunshine Coast Resort offers a variety of accommodation styles - from luxurious executive cottages to pet friendly ocean view suites. This is the perfect location for hosting family gatherings, small weddings, or romantic getaways to the Coast.Keep in touch with complimentary wireless high speed internet connections in every room, or getaway from it all and just relax and enjoy the beautiful sunsets from your private deck. Our location is close to shopping and fine dining, and there are plenty of activities and things to do; plus the resort has its own marina which provides a base for all watersport related activities. The feeling of the resort is relaxed, and the location is ideal - right in the center of Pender Harbour, which offers a constantly changing view of Garden Bay, with dozens of multimillion dollar yachts coming and going right before your eyes. It is one of the best places on the Coast for yacht watching, and guaranteed to add a special touch to your Sunshine Coast getaway!Our new Sunshine Coast Executive Cottages have become a hot commodity immediately after adding them to our line up of oceannside accommodations in 2009. Our Oceanfront Superior Suites, Oceanview Rooms and our decadent Executive Penthouse were constructed in 2004 and feature amenities like Jacuzzi soaker tubs, fireplaces,full kitchens and personal BBQ's and large furnished decks with breathtaking ocean views. No matter which room type you favour the most, you will be pleased with the convincing quality of our accommodations, the cleanliness of our rooms and the impeccable service we offer at Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel and Marina. Naturally, Sunshine Coast Resort is your ideal basecamp for all recreational activities on the BC Sunshine Coast. From our fleet of professionally maintained Sunshine Coast Boat Rentals or spectacular marine tours to world renown Princess Louisa Inlet to local Pender Harbour boat tours and professionally guided fishing or sailing charters. From fantastic golfing and world class scuba diving to idyllic ocean kayaking, hiking and mountain biking to horseback riding and lake swimming. Sunshine Coast Resort has it all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel & Marina Madeira Park, Canada