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“Beyond our expectations” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Clayoquot Sound
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Beyond our expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We have returned to Australia with wonderful memories of a fantastic trip. Every aspect of our time at Clayoquot exceeded our expectations - scenery, wildlife, activities, excellent food and great service. Thank you.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manhattan Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

My wife and I gave ourselves a mutual 60th birthday gift of a trip to Clayoquot (pronounced Klack'whot), and wow, what a great choice it turned out to be. John and Adelle have pulled together an extraordinary staff-family that loves what they're doing and projects their enthusiasm for Clayoquot and their appreciation for their guests in an abiding manner. Let's see... in 4 days we sea-kayaked for two hours, mountain-biked to a trail head and hiked the steep trail to the top of Penny Falls, Zodiac'd in the waters of Bedwell Sound (where we saw an orca family herding their quarry) and out onto the Pacific (seals, sea lions, otters, gray whale), hiked the Wild Side beach and picnic'd there, rode horses well into the Orsus old-growth forest crossing rivers multiple times enroute, shot .22 and 20ga guns, donned dry suits and swam with Chinook salmon, hot-tubbed, enjoyed wine-paired meals as exquisitely prepared and presented as you'd find in Paris or New York, dashed out on the Bedwell to see black bears feeding at low tide, made at least 10 neat new friends, and slept soundly in our thermostat-controlled luxury tent! CWR is so appealing that we plan to encourage 4-5 couples to join us when we return for our second trip. Oops... forgot to mention that the flight from-to Vancouver Airport can take 1-2 hours depending on the weather and the plane assigned by Seair Transportation.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kathy M, Social Media and Marketing at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Wow Randall P, you certainly covered every unique aspect of this wilderness resort! Swimming with the salmon in September is truly one of the great things that you can do here and is so specific to that time of the year.
You are right, John and Adele have managed to gather a fantastic group of people that love what they do. We all love the outdoors and quite simply love our jobs and it shows in the smiles that are on the staff's faces. From housekeeping, to the guide staff to the staff in the cookhouse we all love where we are. We have a high return rate for our staff which means you will see the same smiling faces from year to year.
We look forward to your return and will be happy to see your smiling face come over the bridge on the wagon as you come home to Clayoquot once again!

With warm regards till next time,

Kathy
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Princeton NJ
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Don't actually want to share as it needs to remain a well kept secret ! With 200 character minimum I have to just remble on and on and on....Pricey but you get a lot for your money. Hard to get to but that is what makes it so great once you get there.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Big Island, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

It's hard to come up with unique superlatives for this place, but ok, I'll try.

I had extremely high expectations of Clayoquot, due in no small part to the very large price tag for our four night stay, and they were not only met, but exceeded. Wow. This place sets the standard by which all future glamping experiences will be measured, and it's a spoiler. My 11-year old daughter especially fell in love with the absolutely endless opportunities for entertainment. The staff goes above and beyond. Dad wants to fish, mom wants to horseback ride, kid wants to zipline? No problem. We each got a guide and headed out. Everything was flexible, easy, they offered full gear for every adventure, and there is no possible way anyone can be bored here. You can do as much or as little as you want. We got a bit unlucky with the weather, having several days of rain, but the place shined nonetheless, which is a credit to how extraordinary it is.

The velvet chairs and couches in front of the huge fireplaces, the open self-serve bar 24/7, the five course dinners with wine pairings (and a sommelier!), and the tents. Wow. Wait, I said that already. But seriously, I've stayed in some beautiful places before, including luxury safari lodges, and Clayoquot impressed me every single day with the details; antique furniture, outdoor shower, heated bathroom floors, amazingly comfy beds and down pillows and comforters. Our tent overlooked the river and we had black bears and all sorts of birds to view right from our deck.

In the morning they would deliver us tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, one morning they also brought with our tea our favorite, Baileys! And then there's a spa! One massage treatment per guest came with our package, and anyone can use the two enormous cedar hot tubs and sauna whenever you want.

We saw black bear from the camp several times, and during a glorious three hour horseback ride through old growth one day, my guide, Dixson, and I came across another black bear just feet away. My s/o went out salmon fishing and came back raving about the experience and his guide, Chuck. We hiked along the Bedwell river and took a fast zodiac out for black bear viewing and saw a mother and cubs, eagle, seal, and sea otter, with our great guide, Dave, who is a local from the nearby native reserve at Miers Island. There is even an old gold mine youc an ride or hike to. The guides explain the culturally modified trees and history of the region, and clearly love their jobs.

My daughter went ziplining about 50 times (I even went once), did archery and shooting, kayaking, played pool in the pool tent every night, and they went out of their way to make her (and the other many kids) special meals to suit their tastes. The floatplane rides in and out were a bit terrifying as you are flying through some amazing mountainous territory, but also breathtakingly beautiful.

One of the other areas in which this resort goes above and beyond is the full service gear room. Rubber boots, boots for horseback riding, helmets, rain gear, everything is thought of so you don't have to load up on your luggage. There are umbrellas located around the property as well as bug repellant (and torches with citronella oil to deter bugs).

My only complaint about the place, and it's hard to complain because it's so gorgeous and well done, is that they have not established a minimum age for guests. Some very small children disrupted our stay (we had to move tents due to the frequent noise of whiny and crying small children and yelling parents at all hours), and really had no business being there. Even after moving tents, I sometimes could not sit and enjoy the public spaces due to these children always being around at all hours with nothing else to do, hindering my ability to read or relax, throwing understandable toddler tantrums, throwing things, etc. This place is just way too expensive to have even a minute of it spoiled in that way. I think making a minimum age of 6, or having family weeks when younger guests are welcome, would be a good move here. Also I didn't think it was wise to place the family right in the center of all the other tents. When we moved we were given tent 10, which was quite a ways down the camp, but we loved it for its privacy and quiet.

My other suggestion, not really a complaint, is it would be nice to have the guides sit with guests at meals as they do at Seal River ( the lodge in Manitoba we went to for polar bear viewing just prior to Clayoquot...see my other review) and/or give presentations, or otherwise mingle a bit more. It was great fun to sit at the bar at the open kitchen and chat with the kitchen staff and chef. We also would have liked to spend more time with the owners, John and Adele, as we did at Churchill/Seal River with Jeanne and Mike, but we discovered later John had gotten ill, so he might have been more present and interacting with guests normally.

All in all, this will join my very short list of places I intend to return to, and this time, for longer. Spectacular!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kathy M, Social Media and Marketing at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, September 21, 2012
Hello SheaG and thank you for your review! We appreciate the time and effort it takes to write these reviews. We thank you and I am sure that our potential future guests thank you too!

I wanted to take a moment and speak to your thoughts and feelings on having children here in the wilderness. This is something that truthfully, we go back and forth on all the time. When the initial concept was developed, the resort was a place for couples. Over the years, Clayoquot has built into a family resort where families return year after year and we have become part of family summer traditions. Each year, we are growing in popularity which means that more and more people are coming with more and more children. Having little ones here is a very new thing for us and we are trying to figure out the best way to accommodate all.
We have taken in your constructive comments and are presently reviewing our policies for the coming years. We thank you for understanding and please know that we were more than happy to accommodate you and your family in a quieter tent.

Again, thank you for your wonderful review. You touched on some very sweet moments that we hope will last a life time of memories with you. We are truly looking forward to your return as well as your super awesome daughter - sharp shooter that she is!

With warmest regards,

Kathy
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

In a word? Magic. Remember leaving camp as a kid and all you could think about was how many days until you got to return? That's how we felt pulling out of Clayoquot after our visit last week. Stayed in Tofino a couple more nights to wean ourselves from the beauty; plopped down in our Relais & Chateau hotel room, looked at each other and went, 'heh'. It just wasn't camp. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a world class destination, with world class cuisine and activities, yet relaxed and intimate. No picture could possibly capture its magnificence, nor the spirit of the place. The camaraderie that developed between guests and staff only added to the experience. Our time there was, by far, the best we've every had on vacation. If you've read the previous reviews, all of the details are covered, accommodations...we should all have outdoor showers, the sure-footed horses, the dogs filling in for our absent pets, the food, oh, the food, the competent guides and the wild beauty. We wish to send our heartfelt thanks to Chef Ryan Orr, Kaelhub, Tanja, Blair and Andy for the fabulous cuisine and hearty laughs, as well as for ensuring a most memorable birthday. Special thanks also go to Cheryl, Chuck and Dixon for their expertise and company while sharing some of the most beautiful enclaves on the planet and to Kathy, for her crackerjack organization, never missing a detail. Finally, we wish to thank Adele and John Caton for having the guts and vision to build their Field of Dreams. Yes, we will come and encourage all others to do the same. Time spent at Clayoquot is one of life's game-changers.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kathy M, Social Media and Marketing at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
In 2 words, thank you!
I cannot express enough just how much this review means to us. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us, as well as potential guests, know just how wonderful your time was here. It goes without saying that we appreciate your review and that we look forward to your return but I feel like I should highlight just how awesome your time was here.
With September being a historically slower month for us, with all the kids are back in school, it is much quieter here and some people forget just how magical September can be! You had great weather mixed with awesome activities and a staff that was so happy to have you hear. Now we are like that all the time, but there is a special something about September and it was great to have you apart of that! Thank you so much for joining us during this wonderful time and truly, we look forward to seeing you and your partner again soon!

All the best,

Kathy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Simply the best holiday our family has ever had. Bar none.
Beautifully judged living under canvas but that's about the only resemblance to camping. Frontier-chic tents with stoves, antique furniture and blankets from Restoration Hardware ( I know...why do I look at things like that...). Our tent had one of the relatively new en-suite bathrooms and it's hard to beat the experience of an outdoor shower, amongst the steepling trees.
Wonderful food done with great style and pitched just right. Our kids ( 19 and 16 ) loved every minute of the week - urban kids are now crack shots, salmon fishers, riders. And they've got close to bald eagles, humpback whales, sea otters, not to mention the Clayoquot pack of resident dogs/bear intruder alert system.
Would go back in a flash, and intend to.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

What an incredible vacation. Four star accommodations. All the outdoor activities we could hope for. And gourmet meals, complete with wine pairings from local wineries. Simply one of the best vacations we have ever taken. Even our teenage daughter rated Clayoquot her favorite vacation ever (ahead even of the Galapagos Islands, because, she said, in the Gslapagps she had to stay on a boat). We had such a good time, we were even able to ignore the rainy weather that we encountered for half of our stay. We will definitely return.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kathy M, Social Media and Marketing at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Wow is right! Thank you for your wonderful review. We will for ever appreciate hearing from our guests and what they have to say about their stay here and it goes without saying that hearing reviews like this makes us smile.
We strive to make every guests vacation and stay here a lasting and memorable one. It is nice to be able to say that every guest to us is memorable and we look forward to their return. For you guys, we look forward to you coming back and bringing those that couldn't come the first time!

With big hugs until next time,

Kathy
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Address: PO Box 130, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Clayoquot Sound
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Clayoquot Sound
#1 Family Hotel in Clayoquot Sound
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Hotel Class:5 star — Clayoquot Wilderness Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 20
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 
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