My wife and I recently stayed at the Galiano Inn during our honeymoon. The Galiano was the only resort-type place we stayed at; the rest were B&Bs. Our room was lovely, and had a wonderful view (having gorgeous weather helped). The ferry dock/pier compromises the view a little bit, but the convenience of having the inn located close by made up for it I think. While there, we partook of a spa treatment - the "Spirit of Galiano" package, which seems like a great bargain for the variety/duration. We enjoyed it a great deal. We found the food at the restaurant quite good, if a little limited. There seemed to be very few people staying at the Inn while we were there, which was a little eerie at first (was there something we didn't know?). The staff said that it had been full to capacity on the previous weekend though, so we just assumed it was due to regular ups and downs in numbers of guests, and perhaps the bad economy. Regardless, we found nothing to complain about, and we certainly weren't complaining about having the place mostly to ourselves. Better that than a crowded resort where one is constantly tripping over people.
As for Galiano Island, it has a great deal of natural beauty, and a surprisingly small population. Or maybe it just seemed surprising to us, having just come from more-populous Salt Spring Island. We found about one of everything (one good bookshop, one good bakery, one good diner-style lunch spot), but had some nice little hikes, and a pretty drive up to the more remote northern part of the island one evening. Our best meal was at Berengerie, a French restaurant about 10 minutes from the inn (near Montague Harbor).
The only odd thing we noticed was that the main desk often had no one to staff it, even during business hours. A couple of times I had to hunt around the deserted bar/restaurant or wine shop area looking for a staff person to handle something (when we checked out, for example). When we checked in, the office was quite busy with people coming in from, and departing on the ferry. At that time, the desk was staffed, but it could have used a second person to help things go more quickly.
Overall, we had an excellent stay, and we would certainly go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spectacular West Coast island resort, minutes from Vancouver, yet a world away. Luxury retreat in natural surroundings enhanced with beautiful gardens. Every Room and Suite has ocean views, fireplace, terrace, luxury ensuite. Our Oceanfront Spa has treatments unique in Canada,luxury steam rooms, garden treatments, flotation therapy. Award-winning Atrevida Restaurant in an architecturally stunning setting or casual outdoor setting with wood-fired pizza oven. Free WiFi, Free Phone, Free plane pick-up. Smart Cars, Dock for boats, golf, kayaking,whale-watching, shopping, hiking, famous Kunamokst mural. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Galiano Oceanfront Hotel Galiano Island