Wow. I have traveled the world and stayed in some of the most magnificent resorts on 4 continents. This is one of the very best and, due to its distinctive nature, the best of its genre.
I searched for a year for the perfect spot for my 25th wedding anniversary and found it. I would add that September is the best time to go (in my opinion) as the summer "rush" has faded. We shared the camp with 8 other guests, all adults, and 50 staff. All you had to do was mention an activity (fishing, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, cooking lessons were some we did) and two or three expert guides appeared to take you alone or anyone else whenever you wanted. Yet there was never any pressure to do anything. The hosts, Jon and Adele, are amazing and fascinating people which adds to the overall ambience.
The resort combines simplicity with sumptious elegance. The accommodations and buildings are pristine but simple and rugged, the ideal integration into the wilderness location. You sleep in tents, but large, magnificent white tents on wooden platforms with oriental carpets, a queen bed, an in-room heater that looks like a fireplace, chairs and writing table and dressers and coffee/tea brought daily at your chosen wakeup time if you so desire. Each tent is semi-isolated, so you feel very private.
While we were there we rode horses for 8 hours into old growth forest (with little prior experience). We took "Horse 101" and spent an afternoon getting to know horses, brushing them, saddling them and then simple riding, just my wife and I with an expert horsewoman. Sounds corny but made me comfortable for the first time on horses. Loved it.
The food is everything they say. Except, while there is a daily menu you can ask for anything at any time and they will make it. Dinners can be personal and romantic, incredible setting, but you can share with others and we met some great fun people and had some witty and laughter-filled dinners with them. Local BC wines, very good, are offered paired with dinner courses, or you could choose your own selections. Breakfast and lunch tends to be more wander in and out.
The pictures on the website may have been posed, but we have pics just as beautiful taken at random. The setting is magnificent.
My wife is more powerful and beautiful than the day I married her and I could not imagine a more perfect way to celebrate a quarter century together.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Clayoquot Wilderness Hotel Tofino