Although there is still some construction on the property, this resort is outstanding. The main buildings are complete and have been designed with every amenity in mind. My husband and I wanted to move in!!!
True to the Westin standards, the rooms were above and beyond. Our suite was in the clubhouse building on the second floor. My best guess would be approximately 800 sq ft for our full kitchen (full fridge, stove & dishwasher), living room (with a gas fireplace), dinette, bedroom with two walk in closets and 5 piece ensuite & a half bath. Our balcony was probably another 300 sq ft, overlooking the front of the resort.
The resort includes two golf courses - the Mountain Course of 18 holes and the recently opened Valley Course of 9 holes. My husband and I golfed the Mountain course once & he golfed again with another group. It's a great course, fairly tough & very scenic. Included in the green fees are the carts with GPS - if you've never experienced this, it's wonderful! The GPS gives you the yardage to various points on the hole and will even tell you the yardage to the players around you. The green fee also includes two waters for each player in the cart, club storage, club cleaning and driving range balls.
The resort has a number of dining options, we tried two of them. Jack's Place (named after Jack Nicklaus - the course designer) was our favorite. Bartender Derek was very friendly and enjoyable to chat with. He is very knowledgeable about the history of the course and it's owners. Each of the meals we had at Jack's place were very delicious!! And the drinks were great too!!
We also dined at Copper Rock Grill for the breakfast buffet and the Thanksgiving Dinner buffet. The breakfast buffet was ok - it had the basics - bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, breads and pastries and fruit -that was about it. It was $18/person. The Thanksgiving Dinner buffet was $50/person, and was described to me as a fabulous thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings, chef's carving station, delicious desserts and a flambe bar. There was turkey, roast potatoes, some type of dressing (in the form of a rectangle slice), two green salads, steamed vegetables, potato salad, buns, sauteed shimp (the flambe bar) and for dessert - nanaimo bar, buttertart square, brownies and a couple of tortes. I noticed a number of people grumbling that there was no pumpkin pie. I found the buffet to be extremely over priced and very lacking. For $50/person I expected to be wow-ed - not so much!! For what we got, I think about $25 would be fair. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind paying a good chunk of change for a nice meal - but that wasn't it.
I visited the spa - Sante Spa - for the Sante Stone massage. To be honest I found this treatment rather disappointing. Due to neck and back injuries I go for massages fairly regularly & this one was not that great at all. First of all, my masseur was an esthetician, not a RMT. Unless specified, I always expect that a massage will be performed by an RMT. I think I would have been better served spending the $130 on a facial or a pedicure or something. The spa itself was fabulous! They have change rooms where you change into a lovely robe and slippers, then you move to the waiting room where they have relaxing chairs and refreshments to enjoy while you sit overlooking the beautiful golf course. I would definitely recommend visiting the spa, I just wouldn't recommend the Stone Massage.
We are planning a second trip back next summer, I think this place would be fabulous in the beautiful BC summer!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria hotel features 36 holes of Nicklaus Design golf. Indulge in a beauty or wellness treatment at the accredited Sante Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort And Spa
- Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Hotel Victoria
- Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Hotel
- Westin Victoria
- Victoria Westin