We were guests at the Wickaninnish Inn over New Year’s, 2012/13. We stayed at the Wickaninnish in late spring about 5 years ago on a West Coast getaway after finding it listed in Relais & Chateaux. After that visit we decided that we’d like to return to the resort for a New Year’s celebration sometime in the future when our travel plans would allow. We’re glad we did.
Overall the stay was very enjoyable, and there were definite highlights to the visit. Our room was absolutely outstanding; the view was memorable (literally a moving painting of waves and tree covered shore) and the design, décor, and cleanliness were all we could ask for. We did take advantage of a couple of the special New Year’s activities, the nature walk that was quite informative and enjoyable, and the boat tour that was absolutely terrific. We enjoyed the ambience of the dining room and were lucky to have the same excellent waiter (who also doubled as the Maitre D') for all three evenings. We’d anticipated that we would find the food to be equally outstanding, but unfortunately for us that was not quite the case. The food was a little bit “over the top” for us, too complicated and fancy. The natural taste of the advertised main ingredient of both entrees and appetizers was in most cases overwhelmed by competing flavors. It’s our recollection that five years ago the food was different. This time we were disappointed with the food offerings and found it a challenge to eat three dinners in a row at The Pointe Restaurant. As a suggestion we’d ask the chef to include on the menu a selection of entrees that are more “simply prepared” (but with the same very high quality of the restaurant). Not everything has to be layered, stacked, sauced, smoked, and the like. We likely will return to Wickaninnish for a repeat visit sometime in the future, but may opt to eat at least some of our dinners off-site unless a menu enhancement has occurred. The Wickannish is stated to be the best hotel/inn in Canada- and based on many travels in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere we think this is true--with the caveat to simplify the food but retain its gourmet quality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wickaninnish Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property since 1997, overlooks the Pacific Ocean from a rocky point on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast, near the eclectic town of Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park. Two contemporary cedar buildings, set against a backdrop of ancient rainforest, boast an extensive local art collection (complemented by the neighbouring wood carving shed), and all rooms and suites offer ocean or beach views, gas fireplace, soaker tub and individual balcony. Uncompromising service, including a Clefs d’Or Concierge team, is a standard. The sole resort on Chesterman Beach, Tofino’s longest at 2.5km/1.5mi, the Inn is home to refined West Coast cuisine at The Pointe Restaurant and naturally-inspired treatments at its intimate Ancient Cedars Spa. Tofino’s McDiarmid family welcomes you to this locally owned, world renowned sanctuary offering Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wickaninnish Inn And The Pointe Restaurant Hotel Tofino
- The Wickaninnish Hotel And Pointe