This past February my husband and I booked two nights at the Ocean Village Beach Resort for some post Valentine's Day romance. We have both visited the resort numerous times before, but always with an entourage that included parents, siblings, and friends - not ideal for romance.
We arrived too early to check-in. I was disappointed to find out that there are no provisions for early check-ins, however the woman at the front desk kindly let us store our perishables in the fridge while we headed off to tour Tofino. We did notice that the upper row of cabins were in varying stages of upgrade - power washing, new decks, new flooring, etc. Surprisingly, the noise of construction did not affect the serenity of the surroundings; plus, it guaranteed us a cabin right on the beach.
We returned back to the Resort after a few hours exploring Tofino. It was a beautiful day and we were anxious to get to the beach. Before we had checked-in, we grabbed the bocce balls and headed to Mackenzie Beach to play a quick game. I couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon (except to have won the bocce game), and after a long day of driving it was the perfect release.
I was surprised, when we finally entered our cabin, how different it was since our visit in October (2012). The first major change was the wall that had previously divided the living space from the bedroom space had been cut down to a half-wall and the bed flipped. This provided and excellent view of the beach and ocean upon waking; and while the layout still needed work (there was one bedside table at the foot of the bed and one at the side), it was a worthwhile change. The second massive change was the bathroom. The old shower and vanity had been upgraded and somewhat modernized; it made the bathroom brighter and more hotel-like. The kitchen had new cupboards and a new fridge; the whole cabin had new flooring throughout. I wished there had been a broom and a second floor mat by the sliding door. As we were back and forth between cabin and beach there was an excess of sand that we had no way to clean up. Also, the front door had a mat, but there was no way to store sandy shoes there without making it hard to use the door. Our first night we once again made use of the gas barbeque on the property, which we had first discovered on our last trip, and cooked the perfect “dinner for two”.
I have never been disappointed with the Ocean Village Beach Resort. In fact we have recommended it to family and friends numerous times over. This trip was no exception. The rain and stormy weather were the prefect conditions for romance; and lucky for us, the free Wi-Fi meant we could still listen to the Edmonton Oilers game on the computer. I couldn’t have asked for more.
(On another note, make sure when staying at the Ocean Village Beach Resort, to take a walk up to the main road, head a little right, and pay a visit to Chocolate Tofino (buy the Happy Pack) and the Wildside Grill (featured on the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here”.)