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Desolation Resort
Reviewed October 6, 2011

We spent 4 nights at Desolation Resort with our two dogs. Our cottage was great - very clean, spacious, and well equipped. If you are looking for a getaway to get away from it all, this is a good bet. With our dogs along for the experience, we were somewhat limited in what we could and couldn't do but we still had a pleasant time. We found some great trails on our last day a few km down the road (some better guidance would have been great from the staff). But they are very approachable and friendly. One small heads up. We stayed in one of the 4a/4b units (only ones with DVD players by the way). Regardless of which one you stay in, you overlook the other (both sitting on balcony and when you are sitting inside). It's the way they are designed. Not a huge deal but when you are wanting to be isolated, you actually end up being fairly exposed to your neighbour! Other than that, it was a great experience.

Room Tip: the benefit of 4a or 4b is they are the only ones with DVD players. The downside is they overlook e...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

Just experienced a lovely stay at Desolation Resort in Powell River. It was wonderful to stay on the water and be able to enjoy a glass of wine on our deck and enjoy the view of Okeover Arm. The furnishings inside our 2-bdrm wood cabin were very tasteful. The night sky was incredible! Just a 5 minute walk from the amazing Laughing Oyster restaurant made this stay even more relaxing. Bring a flashlight if you walk home after sunset. It was dark, but luckily we had the full moon to guide us.

Room Tip: Room 4 has only a partial water view.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

My husband and I spent one night in Chalet 5, a huge self-contained cottage that would easily sleep 6. We were in the area and would have loved 2 nights but they were fully booked and I can see why. We were travelling with our small dog and found the place through a pet-friendly site. The chalets are cozy, clean and fully equipped for a family stay. There are cooking and eating utensils, a microwave and gas BBQ. The large deck is perfect for looking out on beautiful Desolation Sound. There are kayaks and boats available to guests. Unfortunately, weather and time did not permit us to do a cruise on the sound, but you can easily do so at Y Knot Charters, just down the road. We will definitely come back and stay longer. A real getaway for couples or families.
We had a great dinner at the Laughing Oyster, an easy walk from the chalet. An unexpectedly upscale restaurant for this part of the world, with gorgeous views from the deck (reservations suggested for a railing table) Good service and food and a lovely atmosphere completed our very pleasant stay in the area. We will come back and repeat our visit.

Room Tip: Chalet 5 is huge and was dog-friendly. Well equipped - bring your groceries and have a BBQ if you a...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

This is a great place to stay and appreciate the beauty of BC. We stayed 3 nights in Chalet #10. Very clean, very private, all amenities worked. I would recommend spending a day on Savary Island and rent bikes to explore the island. It's a short water taxi ride from Lund. Be sure to have lunch at Nancy's Bakery in Lund. Just wonderful food. The market in Lund is also well stocked but more expensive than supermarkets in Powell River. Also recommend the Laughing Oyster Restaurant - food is pricey but well worth it. Hard to believe a restaurant of this caliber exists in such a remote area.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

An excellent place to stay with friends on a kayaking holiday in Desolation Sound. The holiday homes are large, the rooms are large, comfortable and cosy, and the freely available canoes and kayaks ( tiny ones) are pretty good too. Weather can be changeable. Bring waterproofs.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 15, 2011

Spent 4 nights here in winter of 2009 and absolutely loved it. Just writing this review makes me want to go back. The cabins are amazing, the owners are extremely friendly, and the location could not be better. The weekend could not have been more relaxing and the scenery is beautiful. They have free kayaks that we missed out on since it was snowing while we were there. When we went in the winter, they had a special...pay for 3 nights, get a 4th free. There is a grill on the deck for outdoor cooking. They also allow pets. I also recommend the restaurant next door (about a km walk), their mussels are fantastic.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

Had an increadible dinner at the Laughing Oyster near by and then returned to our room for a quite evening. A wonderful place over looking Okeover inlet cuddled on the deck listening to the birds and ocean. One of the most romantic evenings we've had in a long time. Comfortable beds, friendly and helpful staff. Hard to find but worth it.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Desolation Resort

Address: 2694 Dawson Rd, Powell River, British Columbia V8A 0G3, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Sunshine Coast > Powell River
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Powell River
Price Range: $104 - $932 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Desolation Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the gateway to Desolation Sound, these unique and fully furnished oceanfront chalets are in a park like setting on an eight acre waterfront property. Our chalets are ideal for your family vacation, reunions, weddings or that perfect getaway. Some of our chalets have a private hot tub on the deck. Each chalet boasts a unique individual design. Interiors done in local wood. All our chalets have a full kitchen, BBQ and a deck. The chalets are of different sizes and the larger ones can accommodate up to 8 persons. Complimentary kayaks and canoes are available for our guests to use.Packages with accommodation, dining, kayaking or boating are available. A whole range of activities offered by local outfitters, can be booked through the resort. The Laughing Oyster Restaurant is just down the road from us and offer great meals with a West Coast flavor. ... more   less 
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