Like most of us these days my wife and I researched this area to death before booking. We settled on Benchmark based off this being a "relaxation" trip over a "food" or "spa" trip and the excellent reviews of course. Also, Naramata doesn't seem to have any hotel that knocks it out of the park. Truth be told we're not exactly "bed and breakfast" people so I was nervous about the booking in advance. We really like our privacy when we get away.
Result was a full-on 10 out of 10. Great vibe, spacious rooms, and most of all.... this place has the true spirit of a classic bed and breakfast. Steve and Gail seem to genuinely love the area and are great embassadors. After a great breakfast prepared by Gail in the morning, Steve is more than happy to recommend restaurants, bike rental shops, vineyards, etc. and then you're on your way. At the end of the day (after perhaps too much wine) it was great to relax by the pool and hot tub. This would be a perfect location to book all 4 rooms and make it a group trip.
Looking forward to getting back here....
(only tip is to think about how you're going to get around if you're drinking at the vineyards. Taxis are non-existant in Naramata. We rented bikes!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Benchmark Estate offers luxury air conditioned pool side suites with panoramic lake views, private entrances and patios. All rooms have full bathrooms, Queen Pillow top mattresses, modern furnishings and include a Gourmet breakfast. Outdoor facilities include full size heated salt water pool, BBQ pavilion and hot tub dramatically situated on a bluff overlooking Naramata Creek and Lake. Very secluded situation yet only 1Km to KVR Trail and close to village center, beaches, vineyards and wineries. ... more less