We stayed for two nights at the inn during the summer of 2010. At that time the building itself was going extensive renovations and there were several cottages that were half finished within view of our window that looked like the work on them has longed since stopped. The dining room, kitchen, spa and other downstairs rooms weren't finished and there was construction equipment and piles of debris everywhere. This wasn't what I expected, based on their website and an article about the place in a local magazine that I read online that made it seemed like the place was fully up-and-running. We were hoping to dine there both nights since the resort is 3-4 miles opposite the other side of the island where the and stores were located and we didn't have a car. However, all they were able to serve were microwavable appetizers so we hitched-hike a coupe times for meals and to buy food .
The room in the inn was a disapointment. It was small with basic cheap furnishings and a dismal bathroom. It was also dirty - the shower stall looked like it hadn't been cleaned in a while and there was white plaster dust from the on-going construction that had been tracked in and not cleaned up before our arrival. The only thing it had going for it was the view of the ocean. The six or so cottages that were completed and rented out or time-shared appeared nice from the outside and the pictures they had on the website (at the time there were no pictures of the inn's bedrooms on their website, so I assumed they would be as fancy as the cottage furnishings - but no such luck).
Sleep was interrupted the two nights by some loud air compression noise that would erupt periodically downstairs all night long. Upon investiageing, it was coming from a machine of some sorts that was left on in the spa-room under construction. If I was staying for more than two nights I would had probably mentioned this to the owners and inquire about getting a cottage instead or a room elsewhere on the island. The room rates were really too expensive for what we got and had to put with. We could have gotten a nicer room (although probably not a nicer view ) at the several other B&B's on the island for a lower price.
The main reason we stayed there was because when I reserved the room two months earlier I was told they were buying the nearby kayak rental business (which was at the time the only one on the island).. However when we arrived we were told (along with the news of no-restaurant and no on-site store) that did not buy the kayak business and all their kayaks were taken off the island. They did manage to get two kayaks for us the day we arrived, but they were cheap ones that were difficult to use. We were able to use them for no charge, which was a nice gesture, but I wished that I was informed of the situation earlier, so we could stayed on another island instead. Without a guide and struggling to get the kayaks to work correctly, we didn't stay out for very long.
From all the pictures here, it looks like they got the kayak situation sorted now -- so I would definitely recommend venturing out from the resort. Based on reading two kayaking books about the area it is one of the best spots in the Gulf Islands to tour by kayak.
It appears from reading some of the recent reviews that most of the renovations are now done, but not completely so. If possible, rent a cottage instead of staying in a Inn room. All the cottages are situated so they have nice views of the ocean.
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