I have lost count of how many times I have been to this hotel. The first time I visited, it took no time at all to decide to book it for my wedding. Since then, we have stayed as tourists, as people planning a wedding, as a bride & groom celebrating their wedding, and as a husband and wife not only wanting to reminisce about their special day but also enjoy some relaxation and luxury on the South Shore. In the past 2 years, we have probably interacted with every single staff member and experienced everything this hotel has to offer. I was actually surprised that not every review up till now has been 'Excellent'. For me, highlights include:
a) Location. Perfectly located between Chester and Mahone Bay, with easy daytrips to Lunenburg or back into Halifax.
b) Comfort. Rooms are quiet and well equipped. Beds are some of the most comfortable I have ever slept in. Air conditioning is completely controllable and responsive.
c) Views. The oceanside views look out over the marina and Oak Island and the bay. Even the landside views are pretty. And if you are staying in one of the oceanfront cottages, the views can't be beat.
d) Food. The chef has changed a couple of times since we first started going, but no matter who the chef, the menu was always first class. A lot of care has gone into preparing the menu but also every plate. Ingredients are fresh, portions are substantial, and everything is cooked to perfection. Light menu always available in the bar, but you can also order from that menu within the main restaurant. Often the room rates will include breakfast buffet - which is well worth it!
e) Entertainment. The Fireside Lounge is a beautiful place to relax over a drink, and many nights there is live entertainment.
f) Games. There are plenty of lawn games available from the front desk to use and also there is playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, mini golf, horseshoes, and more.
g) Pools. An outdoor pool - with a new outdoor bar - plus an indoor pool with hot tub. All maintained well, and never too busy.
h) Gym and sauna. The most well-equipped and maintained 'hotel gym' I have ever seen!
i) Spa. I have had hair done, makeup done, manicure and pedicure. On both a 'normal day' and a wedding day. The girls in the spa are very friendly and very good at their job. A nice treat.
j) Walking trails. The grounds are extensive. It is lovely to be able to walk out to the breakwater, around a pond, through wilderness trails, along the rocky beach...
k) Conference rooms. There are lots of options for room sizes and configurations, not only when planning a wedding, but also a family event, or a business conference. The staff they have to help you plan events like this are second to none.
l) Value for money. Rates are really good. Even if you don't catch a seasonal deal (which they often advertise on their website) or have a CAA card (which gives an instant 10% discount), staying at the hotel provides you so much more than just a bed. Definite value for money.
m) The cottages. If you have a couple of people to share with, the cottages cost the same as having two hotel rooms. Right on the water, nice and private, with adirondack chairs to relax in, picnic tables to eat at, lawns to play on, firepits to sit around, BBQs to prepare meals on. Plus you still have all the amenities of the hotel just a short stroll away.
I could probably write on and on. If you have read this far, thanks! And if you'd like to know anything more, feel free to send me a message!
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- Also Known As:
- Atlantica Hotel And Marina Oak Island
- Oak Island Resort
- Oak Island Hotel
- Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre Nova Scotia/Western Shore