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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Ranked #12 of 17 Hotels in Clayoquot Sound
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 27, 2011

Don't know how I forgot to review the most beautiful place I have ever been, but better late than never! I have not experienced the new en-suite baths but I did not have an issue with the original composting toilet, or the washroom. If you are coming here, you are coming for the outdoor experience...kayaking, hiking, whale-watching, horseback riding, ziplining... The spa treatments are wonderful and we had a great yoga session our last morning, but that was a wonderful extra, like the bar with snacks and cookies and candy, a temptation 24/7! From the moment we arrived, we realized the Catons were committed to ensuring we got the most out of our time at Clayoquot, and we did. Everything is organized to ensure safety and maximum enjoyment, whatever the activity. This destination is for people who want daytime adventure and night-time comfort, a warm fire and good cheer at the end of the day, the promise of excitement the next. The food was delicious, the wines delightful. We did experience a family emergency back in the States at the end of our stay, and the Catons could not have been more supportive. I envy those who can go back year after year, and can only say, if you have the chance, go!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 18, 2011

From beginning to end, our trip to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort was fantastic in every respect. The seaplane ride in and out was breath taking. Upon arrival, we were treated so well by every member of the staff. The tents with the en suite bathrooms are amazing! Nothing was cooler than the indoor-outdoor showers. All of the activities werE individualized. We basically had our own guide for just the two of us for everything that we did ( sea kayaking, river kayaking, horseback riding, sea fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing). Quite possibly our best vacation ever!

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed November 25, 2010

The "Wild Retreat" is a truly unique experience. The setting could not be more spectacular. If you like outdoor activities and have deep pockets, this is a definite option. Virtually every activity you can imagine is available and included from kayaking to zip lines to skeet shooting. The food is superb and the staff goes out of its way to provide first class service. However, if you are used to "luxury", you will be in for a surprise. The price is comparable to other "tented" facilities around the world which include luxury "in tent" bathrooms. Here you need to go to a "self composting" toilet which is adjacent to your tent. There are communal showers as well. These two items are what make this property fall short from a 5 star experience. They also allow smoking in the public areas which is another drawback. All in all I would describe it as a once in a lifetime trip for a number of reasons.

  • Stayed: July 2010
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ClayoquotMgmt, Director of Sales at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2010

Ensuite Bathrooms are being added to our tents for our 2011 Season. Based on your comments and many others over the years. Up until now, it has been impossible for us to environmentally and conscientiously deal with the septic and grey water at our Resort. As the tents are located over a fragile river's estuary in a World Biosphere Reserve, we have not been able to find or purchase a treatment plant system that would effectively deal with these needs. In the past month, we have been able to find a very new Treatment Plant system, which will allow us to add flush toilets and private showers to 12 of our 20 tents. We are making this upgrade this winter and the new tents will be available for our 2011 Season when we reopen at the end of May. I hope you will be able to come back and visit us to try these new facilities soon.

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Reviewed September 14, 2010

My husband and I just returned home from a 4 night stay. We had the best trip of our lives and we have both traveled extensively. Everything exceeded our expectations. The rooms were so comfortable and quaint with cozy duvets and antique furnishings. The cookhouse was filled with gourmet chefs and fresh, delicious food and drink. Local wines were amazing! We did almost every activity at the resort: fly fishing, deep sea fishing, skeet shooting, horseback riding (thanks Sabrina for letting me canter:), tree canopy, mountain biking, hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, zip line, whale and bear watching, yoga, and probably more that I can't think of. I believe everyone should go to this resort in their lifetime. The service is incredible, the people are so down to earth and their story of how this lodge came to be is inspiring. The 10 other guest we were with were some of the most interesting, funny and sweet people we have come to know. Oh, and the massages were the best we've ever experienced.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2009

Clayoquot effectively and uniquely blends elegant comfort (fine food, period furnishings, and spa) with at least a taste of wilderness (tents set in pristine surroundings). What impressed us most was the personalized attention of John, Adele and the entire staff in helping us select and then make arrangement for which of the many activities we wanted to try and when. On our next to last day, our daughter was disappointed at still not having seen a bear, so John immediately arranged for a very experienced First Nations guide and a boat to cruise the shores of the Sound until we found (and got within a few feet of, from the safety of our boat) a black bear. The staff is truly committed to seeing that each guest's interests are met.

Although the resort is not inexpensive, it is delightfully free of "extra" charges. We did whatever sounded interesting, and everything was covered in the cost. A truly extraordinary place.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 16, 2009

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is located in the midst of an amazing biosphere on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island. Set in a temperate rain forest, this resort is open from late May through mid-September. John, Adele and their staff are always up for an adventure and do there best to be sure that you have whatever experiences you are up for. The only drawback, and it is a major drawback, are the guest accomodations. The guest rooms are twenty individual tents. All of the guests who were there with us had, as we had, expected the tents to be of the type you would stay in on an African safari (ie, with shower, toilet and sink in each tent). The toilets at Clayoquot are composting toilets situated in out houseses located near the tent. The sinks and showers are located in a central building which is exposed to the elements (which can be harsh in the early morning and late evening hours). The bath house is located a long walk from the tents and is shared with other guests. All and all we loved our time at Clayoquot, but we would be reluctant to recommend it to others because of the toilet/bathroom facility issues. Clayoquot has the potential to be a truly amazing, world class resort. If they will invest the capital necessary to address these issues, then it will be a one-of-a-kind destination resort.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Kathy M, Social Media and Marketing at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2012

Hi there,
I wanted to take the time to personally reach out to you and say thank you for your review and for your words about your stay here with us. We listened. Others guests had similar thoughts about the composting toilets and up until last year we did not have the technology to safely protect the delicate environment where our tents are situated. We found the technology and have made the improvements to a huge success! Now 12 out of our 24 tents have luxury en suite bathrooms with heated floors and flush toilets included!
It would be fabulous to welcome you back to Clayoquot for another great wilderness experience!
All the best,
The entire Clayoquot team.

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Reviewed January 29, 2009

We didn't know what to expect and thought that the hotel would be full of faded hedge fund managers. I mentioned this to one lady and she said that her husband was a hedge fund manager, but he was not yet faded!

Still, the resort is pleasantly underplayed. The emphasis is on personal choice and individual guiding. If you wish to fish on your own or with another, that is fine. I had my own horse for the week and graduated from debutant to gallop in about 10 hours of riding. I also shot the rapids in a kayak, fished for one full day and 3 half days and had numerous massages. It was great.

The restaurant is good, bur not 5 star. That is actually just right, as 5 star would not fit with wilderness. The menu each night was very nice. They had chosen the best BC wines, but at the cost of the resort, which with tip is around CDN$3,000 per day, they could have had a few others. We could have whatever we fancied really, but you only realised that after a couple of days. We had a full week there and that would be what we suggest. In and out in 3 days is bit quick and it may mean that you don't get good enough weather to fish for salmon offshore from Tofino. We ended up with about 120 lbs of salmon, which was prepared and delivered to our home. It lasts a long time, but is wonderful!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Address: PO Box 130, British Columbia V0R 2Z0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District > Clayoquot Sound
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Clayoquot Sound
#4 Romantic Hotel in Clayoquot Sound
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Clayoquot Sound
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Clayoquot Wilderness Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Safari Style Tent Camp and adventure Resort located in the Clayoquot Sound World Biosphere. Rates are all inclusive including seaplane transfers to/from the Resort and Vancouver BC, accommodations in luxury tents, gourmet meals, all beverages including bar, and all personally guided adventure activities including Bear and Whale Watching, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, kayaking and much more. ... more   less 
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