(Travelled Oct 2010).
I decided to go to Tofino on the off chance as I read it was a great place to go. Our main holiday was in Vancouver itself, we had a two night stay in Victoria and headed off for our two night stay in Tofino. Let me start by telling you that Tofino is a 5 hour drive from Victoria. Coming from a small country like the UK we totally underestimated the size of Vancouver Island.
Once we got to Tofino we instantly loved it. Its a small community in the middle of nowhere. Once we pulled into Meares reatreat we were met by Charlie. The thing that makes Mearers retreat is Charlie! We chose Mearers retreat because my partner googled, "Tofino Hottub" and found Meares retreat, im sooo glad she did. Charlie gave us the warmest welcome, the friendlies person you could ever wish to meet. We chose suite #2 which is the better of the two. It had everything we could possible need to a pretty high standard. As an added bonus, there was no one staying in suite #1 making our stay even more secluded.
Upon on arriving he showed us around our suite and took us through popular/recommended things to do near by. He took interest in who we were and what we did, he was really easy to get on with. So much more than what you would get from a chain hotel. Breakfast was provided, with a fresh collection of baked goods and fresh juice delivered outside our suite door each morning, (watch out for the racoons!).
Picture this, clear starry skies, rolling waves breaking beneath you, a private hot tub and an open fire on the deck (and Charlie supplied the wood no bother, despite previous users nearly burning a hole in the deck!)... sheer bliss, the closest to paradise we've ever been, so good we stayed an extra night.
If you go to Vancouver, go to Vancouver Island, if you go to Vancouver Island go to Tofino, Meares retreat.
Thanks again Charlie and hopefully see you again!