We stayed in a chateau for three nights and this was the finest Ontario resort accommodation, we have ever experienced. The setting was tranquil and serene. Either sitting on the deck overlooking the lake (or in the hot-tub) with champagne or relaxing in the living room with a roaring two-sided fireplace, this was a wonderful experience. The unit even included everything imaginable, a sauna, a bedroom jacuzzi, a large shower/steam room with multiple jets and comfortable furniture. The service was first class all the way. If anything needed attention, one phone call and it was quickly taken care of.
The dining experience, however, did not quite live up to the above rave review. The dining room is very pretty and if you stay in a chateau, you are guaranteed window seats, which can make the evening extra special, overlooking the lake.
The entrees were quite varied and some better than others. On our first night, we had the pasta special (tiny Digby scallops with smoked salmon in a rose lobster sauce). The dish was overpowered by a very strong smokey taste that made it difficult for us to finish. On our second night, I had an amazing Angus steak while my wife had the chicken, which she described as shake-in-bake! We both had the Walleye fish on the third evening and it was quite good. The deserts on all three nights were consistently very good, while the appetizers were just OK.
This resort has a wine spectator award of excellence wine list, which gave high expectations for both the list and the wine service. The wine list did not disappoint. The night before arrival, I called and spoke to someone in the dining room inquiring if they had any French burgundy wines. I was trying to decide whether to BYOB (at a reasonable $15 corkage) or order off the list. I was informed they do not carry any wines from burgundy, even though they had quite a few whites and reds on their eight page wine list (surprise, surprise). The free sommelier service that is included with the chateaus (value $40 per day, plus corkage) seemed non-existant. Upon arriving for dinner, the wine steward opened the wine, or decanted it upon request, and was never seen again, on any of our three nights.
If you go to Couples Resort looking for five star accommodation and a good dining experience, you won't be disappointed.
- Also Known As:
- The Couples Hotel Whitney
- The Couples Hotel
- Bear Trail Couples Resort
- Couples Resort Ontario/Whitney
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is here that couples celebrating birthdays and anniversaries as well as honeymooners and recently married couples come to relax, embrace love, enjoy the organic spa and find the time to share an adventure. This is quite literally the hottest place to be in all four seasons, with 10 saunas, 27 walk-in steam rooms, 21 walk-in euro-showers, 23 outdoor hot tubs and 48 in-room Jacuzzi tubs each in front of a wood burning fireplace. All accommodations at the Couples Resort Exceed 5 Diamond standards, North America's toughest standards. Ontario's Couples Resort is situated on the shores of Galeairy Lake and the Madawaska River, with Algonquin Park as our backyard. The village of Whitney, Ontario is a short 15-minute walk away. We are surrounded with breathtaking wilderness, pure fresh air, secluded forests, pristine waters, an abundance of sunny days and a blanket of stars at night. This priceless peace and tantalizing tranquility is all yours for the taking.Those of you who need to escape from the bustle will find us calming and rejuvenating. There are many ways to do nothing if that is your wish. On the other hand, unlimited activities will keep the adventurer active all year round. Ontario's Natural Algonquin Park is ideal for the sport enthusiast or avid adventurer who will be delighted with the extraordinary activities available. ... more less