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“Perfect Base Camp”
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Desolation Resort
Reviewed September 7, 2013

We arrived by boat and rented cabin #5 as two couples for four nights. We were doing day trips into Desolation Sound and this was the perfect base camp. It was quite a hike up from the dock with food and gear for four days, but well worth the sweat. Josephine helped us as much as she could but it was mostly trail & stairs uphill to get to the cabin. The views from the cabins are amazing. When we walked in, the table was set with napkins in the wine glasses - most impressive. There were other little extras as well. We cook a lot and the kitchen (actually, the whole cabin) was extremely clean and very well equipped. The beds were very comfortable and the linens were of good quality. Someone came by each morning to see if we needed anything. We had our own kayaks, but there were a number of them available at no cost which was a nice touch. Okeover Arm is a stellar place to kayak. There are oysters for picking on the shoreline and the cabins are all equiped with shucking supplies. We opted for the first class Laughing Oyster Restaurant which is a 10 minute walk from the resort. This is a don't miss!!! If possible, hit it on a steak & seafood buffet night. There was so much seafood not one of us ordered the steak which was included. We happened to arrive on a Thursday and most of the cabins did not fill up until Friday, so we checked out the views from a number of cabin decks. They were all different but equally as impressive. It's pricey but overall it was worth it.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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DesolationResort, Manager at Desolation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2013

Planning a summer vacation takes time and we do appreciate that you chose to stay with us this year and hope to welcome you back again in the future. Thank you too for taking the time to write a review on Desolation Resort . We do appreciate it.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Clean comfortable accommodation with amazing vistas. Josaphine couldn't have been more helpful. We did feel that maybe the chalets will need to be upgraded soon to keep the resort as wonderful as it can be.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Midal
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DesolationResort, Manager at Desolation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay here at Desolation Resort and hope you will consider us again if you do come back to this part of BC.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Just back from a couple of nights in the resort's signature apartment (room 8-2). The building itself is fantastic, albeit the walls are paper thin and our room literally shook (i kid you not) when the couple downstairs came home last night. The structure is on stilts and i can only imagine that contributed to this very strange sensation. We enjoyed the stay at the resort. The location is excellent and you have the wonderful Laughing Oyster restaurant only 200m or so away (check out the restaurants website for some brilliant deals on dining and accommodation at Desolation Resort - MUCH MUCH better that the advertised rates, and interestingly only promoted via the restaurant and not the resort - we felt conned!). We also felt that the resort had fitted out the room with furniture from liquidation sales. It was completely mis-matched, and there wasn't enough of it. The kitchen was adequately well stocked, if you include chipped cups, plates, whcih were again mis-matched. Not that we needed it but the spare (bunk) bed was not made and appeared that someone had simply torn off the previous occupants bed linen and then chucked the duvet back up top. Would go back if someone else paid, not on my own dime. This place has so so much potential and falls so far short. Disappointing.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Kitsilano73
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DesolationResort, Manager at Desolation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your trip to our resort. We do value all input and strive to improve on things that are brought to our attention

Yes, our chalets of wood are built high on stilts and these buildings are blended into the slopes with tall cedars and firs surrounding them. We are not a high density resort and have just 13 chalets on 8 acres.

Most of our chalets are free standing single units but we have two buildings that have a upper and lower unit. From your comments, I understand that you were in the upper unit of building 8


I can understand that you did not expect chalets and building on stilts and was expecting something else like a concrete building.

But I wish that you had approached us immediately when you realized that this was not what you expected andwe would have done our best to move you to one of our free standing chalets if they were available or other suitable accommodations in Powell River . In future we will endeavour to make our guests aware that our buildings are built on stilts and of wood and not concrete buildings.

The resort markets its specials by advertising them on our website or by sending out these specials only to those on our mailing list.

If you were at the resort on the long weekend, the specials do not apply . The specials are sometimes only for some of our units. If you had booked a unit where the specials apply and in the appropriate time frame, we would have made you aware of them . From your comments , you indicated that you had booked 8-2. None of the specials applied to this unit. If you were here for the May long weekend or for the Easter long weekend, the specials would not have applied either.

Once again thank you for your feedback but wish we were able to resolve the issues you had at the onset of your vacation.

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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Wonderfully out of the place quiet resort on Okeover Arm. We stayed there in early April so the weather was only so-so but the setting was epic. As has been mentioned a few times, owner Josephine could not be more forthcoming or helpful with ideas and information. The free use of kayaks is awesome (but something we couldn't take advantage of because we had no booties to protect our feet while launching, be sure to bring your own). The chalet (#10) was exceptionally clean, well stocked and, above all, quiet. We had a nice view over the Arm and the boat dock. The bed was extremely comfortable and we slept very well.

The only thing we think would have improved the place would have been more comfortable sofas in our chalet; as the weather was bad we spent some time indoors and they weren't great for lounging.

Close by; Nancy's Bakery in Lund (great for breakfasts and lunch), the Laughing Oyster next door (fabulous dinner) and boat charter for Desolation Sound from Y-Knot, also next door.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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DesolationResort, Manager at Desolation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in this part of the Sunshine Coast. We do value our guests' input in all aspects of their stay as that is one way in which we strive to be better . Once again, thank you for your feedback.

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

The resort is quiet and tucked away. The resort and the wooden chalets are showing their age, but were comfortable and well stocked. Josephine was very friendly and helpful. the complimentary use of the canoes and kayaks was a real boon, as Okeover Arm is a great place for paddling.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank EasyDuzzit
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DesolationResort, Manager at Desolation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Desolation Resort and taking the time to write ths review. We do appreciate it. Okeover is a great place for paddling and happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed in chalet 8-1 for 2 nights. it is right on the water with wrap around decks. The setting is spectacular with wonderful views in a remote area.We enjoyed the use of the free kayak. A special place.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

My wife (now) and I have travelled independently and together a lot in our lives and I can say that this was the best place we could have asked for during our honeymoon.
I booked the #2 cabin months before we got married and stayed there from Sept 4th - Sept 8th this year. The weather was great, at night it was brisk but that never bothered us because the chalet was always warm and we had our own hot tub.
The cabin: 3 stories of wonderful living space. We had our own fully stocked kitchen, king bed, amazingly huge shower (easily large enough for 2 people) and a great living area. Of course I can't forget: we had a private hottub on the deck. It was also a one minute walk to the Ocean.
Let me talk about the environment in the area: The whole area is beautiful, if you love the wilderness and learning about the area take a Zodiac tour of desolation sound (be sure to ask if you can go swimming when you get there). The water is spectacular, the mountains are magnificent, and if you get up a low tide (between 4-5:30 am) you can just pick up oysters off the beach and have them for lunch or dinner! Did I mention a BBQ comes with the chalet?
The resort/area: The resort itself comes with free access to kayaks and canoes whenever you want them, which is a huge cost savings if you plan to go out (and if you don't plan to leave the chalet, we can't blame you!). There is a restaurant next door, called the laughing oyster which had reasonably priced and amazing seafood all fresh and the owner, Dave, was a gem. The "Boardwalk restaurant" in Lund (the closest town) had really, really good fish and chips but the other stuff wasn't as good as the laughing oyster. Personally for breakfast get Desolation resort to bring you by breakfast food (it costs $15) and they give you fresh baked loaf of bread, a loaf of banana bread, a 1 litre carton of orange juice and a bunch of toppings for the bread!
The owners are amazing, and we really can't recommend this place more. It was the perfect honeymoon, thanks Desolation Resort!

Room Tip: I don't think you'll be disappointed with any room there!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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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: $96 - $901 (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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