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Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Central Saanich
Certificate of Excellence
Nanaimo, Canada
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4 reviews
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“Romance with a view”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

What a perfect setting for a romantic getaway or honeymoon night. Situated overlooking the Saanich Inlet with sterling waterfront vistas, and ideally situated only a short drive from the Schwartz Bay Ferry and Victoria International Airport, and with the bustling metropolis of Victoria only half an hour away - it is where rural West Coast elegance meets five star urban luxury.

The rooms are spectacular - each appointed with calming water views and detailed luxury. The jetted couple's tub in the well-equipped bathroom has bay views; the king-sized bed, the luxurious decor and attention to comfort and detail and the intimate balcony with private hot tub .... everything is synonymous with elegance and luxury and it is the ideal location for an anniversary, honeymoon or romantic interlude.

With the option of a vibrant pub and an upmarket eatery on site, as well as a spa which offers couple's packages as a well as a range of other services; a heated pool and marina - you need not leave the hotel at all! However, The Butchart Gardens and Butterfly Gardens are just down the road should you need an interesting excursion.

We will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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MgrBrentwoodBay, Manager at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post pictures and write such a spectacular review! Our West Coast charm certainly makes for an ideal setting what ever the occasion may be. We enjoy catering to everyone’s needs, should you be visiting on business, leisure, family reunion, wedding, Anniversary, spa get-away or your own personal retreat. We also are more then willing to work with you to make a personalized package so you can optimally enjoy everything Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa has to offer. Thanks again!
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

This was our third, but definitely not last, visit to the resort. We spent 2 nights there just before Christmas and treated our grown "kids" (who were arriving after a very long flight) to the same. Bubbly at check-in and then the most heavenly chocolates in the room were a fantastic way to start. We did request to change rooms because the heater, when running, had a terribly disturbing rattle (and maintenance was not around that day to deal with it). The front desk handled our request very quickly and professionally and we had no further complaints. I was disappointed to see that the 5-candle set no longer exists on the shelf between the tub and the bedroom (apparently a fire hazard). Also, it seems that soom rooms have heated bathroom floors and others don't. Of the 3rd floor rooms that we've stayed in, 304 is my favourite so far, but all of them have been lovely. We don't live too far away and will definitely be back for another delightful getaway. Separate review for the breakfast and dinner under the Seagrille Restaurant page.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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MgrBrentwoodBay, Manager at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
We're delighted that you felt very much welcomed back. Our complimentary sparkling wine at check-in and our in-suite welcome cookies are nice added touches for all guests who want to enjoy. Our hand made truffles are certainly a treat and can be ordered prior to arrival as an enhancement, along with many other items. I apologize that you had to move suites when visiting but am pleased to be informed that it was dealt with quickly and in a professional manner. The third floor does have beautiful vaulted floor to ceilings windows housing a panoramic view of the Tod Inlet. Thank you for your returned patronage and taking the time to write your review.
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

My husband & I spent a few days on Vancouver Island between Christmas and New Years. Even though we did not sleep at Brentwood Bay Resort, we enjoyed both, a casual lunch at the pub and a more formal 5-course-dinner at the Sea Grille Restaurant. The views of the ocean from anywhere in this hotel are just stunning, no matter what time of day. We experienced exceptional service even though there was some staff shortage due to the horrible flu that is effecting so many in BC this winter. We loved the menu choices and the food was not only delicious, it was beautifully presented and arrived hot, luke warm food being my biggest turn-off in any restaurant.
The highlight of our visit at Brentwood Bay? The massage I treated myself to at the spa. From the beautiful ambiance in the waiting lounge where you are treated to gentle music and any variety of tea you can imagine while admiring the ocean view in your plush bathrobe, to the actual 90(!)-minute massage, pure bliss!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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MgrBrentwoodBay, Manager at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're delighted that you felt wined and dined and at bliss within our Resort. We have quite the array of services within our Essence of Life Spa from day experiences, enhancements, and flash fixes - depending on your personal needs. We look forward to having you back!
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

My wife had to push me to take a weekend getaway (leave the laptop at home, she commanded). Am I ever glad she did. Working in a fast paced, high stress, professional environment, she saw I needed a break. We live in the Lower Mainland of BC, so just getting to Brentwood Bay was enjoyable and relaxing. Once we arrived, any remaining stress completely melted away.

What can I say, the views were fantastic, the food and beverages sumptuous, the staff were on top of their game and the facility offers everything you need for a couple days of kicking back. I found the room and the bed to be really comfortable and we had his and hers massage at the spa. We've decided to make this an annual event. Why am I giving the experience a "very good" rating instead of "excellent"? First off, I'm a tough customer to Wow. Second, we've travelled a lot to Mexico. Although I'd say for value in Canada, Brentwood is great, I can't help comparing the lower prices to what we pay for something similar in Mexico. Maybe it's not a fair comparison, but there it is.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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MgrBrentwoodBay, Manager at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
We're pleased to have been chosen for your much needed "break". Getting hear from the Main land is just a ferry ride and 20 minute drive from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, 10 minutes drive from the airport or 20 minutes from downtown Victoria making us quite conveniently accessible by all means. We're delighted to know that we'll be your nearby annual escape. We look forward to your next visit and thank you for taking the time to write your review.
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed here over new years in an Oceanview suite. We booked a 3 nights for the price of two package that came with a $100 voucher for the pub or restaurant. Breakfast was also included on two of the three nights.

We found the room to be quite nice and in fact one of the nicest rooms we have ever stayed in at a resort or hotel. The room was not huge, but nice and cozy with the fireplace and jet tub. The "Oceanview" was not the greatest, seeing as you are looking right at a small ferry dock, but you do get a great view of the Malahat range. Some might even say that the small dock adds to the west coast charm of resort.

The "Inn Vue" television service in the hotel was not very good. After starting up the TV and browsing channels for a few seconds, you are switched back to a hotel menu...which is a bit annoying. Channels are fairly limited and movies are a horrendous $16 to rent!

The jet tub was awesome. A little small for two taller people, but very nice.

The restaurant food was ok, but not the best I have had. The prices were a bit on the high side for the quality of the food, but only by a little in my opinion. The pub and restaurant have a good selection of beers, but I did not sample the wine. Breakfast was pretty awesome I must say! A basket of pastries, a fruit plate and an entree of your choosing. Combine that with a nice cup of coffee from an in room Kuerig coffee maker and the end result is a great breakfast.

The fireplace in the room was quite nice, but I do have a small gripe about that. To turn on the fireplace, you turn a little timer on the wall. That is all well and fine except the timer "clicks" the time away. Some people may not notice this, but I did and it became a bit distracting at times. Keep in mind this is a spa resort...little annoying clicking things should not be here...

The staff at the resort were great. They were very friendly and seemed happy to help.

My only major gripe with the place was the expeience on New Years Eve. My wife an I expected a nice quiet evening in our room to celebrate New Years Eve. We figured that the Brentwood Resort and Spa would be a great place to do this. We were not the happiest of campers when the DJ cranked up the music in the PUB.... The resort is quite small so needless to say we were not that far away from the loud music. All I can say is that I do not think that "Resort and Spa" mix to well with loud music of any kind.

Overall, the resort is quite nice. Based on location, I think that it is a bit overpriced, but I would stay there again; however, if a quiet new years eve is what you are looking for, there may be better options for new years eve.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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MgrBrentwoodBay, Manager at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
We’re delighted that you enjoyed your stay over the holidays. We have recently done a significant upgrade to our in-room entertainment system, which includes state of the art 40” High Definition flat-screen TV’s, Victoria’s only HD Cable and Movie on Demand offering with new release HD movies ranging from just $7.95 to $17.95 plus all the additional free HD cable channels and free wifi. I do apologize that you were inconvenienced by the music from the sold out New Year’s Eve festivities in the Pub, as we usually are a very quiet, peaceful place to visit, perfect for romantic getaways every other night of the year. This is the one event a year that our guest’s typically really look forward to. This year’s 2013 celebration included a 3 course dinner and dancing for all ages with our very own DJ Lucas, lots of fun was had by all! Hopefully you understand that New Years Eve is a special annual celebration for our loyal repeat guests and we thank you for taking the time to write a review.
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We had a lovely time at the Brentwood Bay Resort. From the first moment when we were greated at the reception desk with a glass of bubbly, through the 4 days of our stay were were so well treated! The Resort is lovely with great grounds and public areas. We had an amazing room with a provate hot tub on our balcony. The veiw was beautiful and peaceful. We will be back!

Room Tip: The third (top floor) one bedroom room has a lovely view!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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MgrBrentwoodBay, Manager at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
We're truly happy in getting feedback that your visit was as pleasant the first day of your stay as your fourth day with us! We do have quite beautiful grounds, with the seasonal herb garden, boardwalk to the Marina, year round outdoor heated pool, and hot tub. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and hope to have you visit soon!
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

I stayed over Christmas - while visiting family in Victoria. Beautiful quiet room overlooking bay with huge picture window and balcony. All the nice touches of a resort. Jacuzzi tub, nightly turn down with lip balm and pillow spray, welcome glass of champagne. Restaurant is top notch and not crazy expensive. Total relaxation. Loved it.

Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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MgrBrentwoodBay, Manager at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Thank you for spending such a special time of the year with us when visiting family. We’re very pleased that all our amenities were “top notch” for you, inclusive of our restaurant. We look forward to having you and hopefully your family back in 2013!
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Property: Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
Address: 849 Verdier Ave | Brentwood Bay, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1C5, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Central Saanich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Central Saanich
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on pristine Brentwood Bay, in the heart of Victoria's wine country, minutes from Butchart Gardens and with easy access to Downtown Victoria and the Airport, this boutique hotel is a luxury resort with contemporary west coast flair. Each elegant Ocean Suite features king beds, spa-like bathrooms, romantic fireplaces and stunning ocean views. Simple, intimate and relaxing… indulge in a true state of bliss at our full-service spa and enjoy our on site dining while taking in the beautiful view. We’re not a million miles away, it just feels like it! ... more   less 
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