My wife and I decided to acknowledge our wedding anniversary in August and try this completely re-built and brand new hotel in Oak Bay, a district of Victoria. We live land-locked, not seeing much ocean so to have one of the panoramic ocean view rooms as they called it, was an amazing experience.
The staff from the moment we arrived treated us like they really wanted us to be there and genuinely enjoyed what they were doing - and we encountered valet, food service and of course front desk staff. All very respectful and 'real' to us.
The Snug pub is where we chose to eat, and there are choices - the fine dining room looks intimate and beautiful and it was busy, but we are more casual folks. There was a buffet featuring curry the night we were there. My wife isn't fond of curry so chose the Snug burger which she said was excellent and full of flavor; I had the buffet and was extremely glad I did - excellent food and service from Amba was professional and friendly. We were then treated to the most spectacular 'moon-rise' we've ever seen! People were snapping photo's and all really seemed to understand the special experience we were being treated to, with the large moon rising over the ocean, nothing blocking our view......it was downright magical.
There are three outdoor hot pools which were quietly being enjoyed and we were prepared to go, however once we were back to our room and saw that the hotel had, on their own, acknowledged our anniversary (I had mentioned it in passing when I reserved I guess) with a couple of beautiful chocolate dipped strawberries and a card of happy wishes, we decided to sit on the balcony, drink some bubbly,and enjoy the moon.
Beds, linens, towels, all fluffy yet crisp at the same time - love love love the comfortable bed. Room was set up with all you need, top-class amenities and finishes, and impeccably clean.
Fireplace was a nice touch and would be romantic on a chilly night.
I can't say enough about the experience, the feeling that comes over you as you enter this hotel. It's so different, and special, and it succeeded in making us feel special that night - and it was a special occasion for us so that meant a great deal.
Well done - we'll be back - soon I hope and encourage others to experience this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a spectacular five-star boutique resort and spa. Enjoy fine dining in The Dining Room, a dinner show or movie in the David Foster Foundation Theatre, hot drinks and housemade treats in Kate's Cafe, pub fare in The Snug (a local legend), or a relaxing soak in one of the three seaside hot mineral baths while watching whales breach offshore. Onsite adventure activities, a sommelier, in-room chefs, catering & conference facilities and event planning also available. Each stay includes: complimentary parking, WiFi, local telephone calls, full access to our seaside hot mineral baths, steam sauna and fitness studio, turndown service and movie channels. ... more less
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