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Rockwater Secret Cove Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Halfmoon Bay
Picture Butte, AB
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“Fairy Tale Wedding”
Reviewed September 19, 2011

My daughter's wedding was at Rockwater the weekend of Sept 10. Our group filled the resort for 2 nights and had a wonderful time. The staff was amazing - my sister noted that at one point during the dinner the staff weren't just walking, they were running making sure that everything was looked after. The meals at the resort were excellent. We stayed in a tenthouse which I would highly recommend. Our balcony had an unobstructed view of the ocean and we could hear whales (we assume) slapping their tails in the water. The beds and pillows were super comfy and the rooms are beautiful. My only disappointment related to the pool - it was murky on arrival from a wedding the weekend before. They didn't change the water until Sunday so despite the fact that it was hot, we still weren't able to use the pool, which would have been nice the day after the wedding. But aside from that, I can't fault the resort for anything. It was truly a weekend to be remembered.

Room Tip: Stay in a tenthouse, the cabins are pretty small.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

I travel extensively and am in the service industry so I expect the best of the best. Rockwater Secret Cove Resort delivered 110%! The property is phenomenal, no expense was spared in every detail of the tent house suite. The staff are genuinely exceptional and accommodated me in same day spa services even though sold out, room service was fabulous dining on the deck in less than 30 minutes, and the quality of spa services and food and beverage exceeded my expectations. From the first email with questions to the General Manager being the Driver to and from the airport to Welcome us was over the top and a very memorable experience! My expectations are high and their staff delivered and surpassed me. An incredible, unique experience that I highly recommend.

Room Tip: Each tent house is unique, utilize the front desk knowledge re: privacy, view, type of tub
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Sleepy Hollow, Illinois
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

If you are looking for a fantasy vacation, the Ultimate Package at Rock Water Resort is a sure bet. The tents are unique and unbelievably luxurious, the food - incredible, the staff - out standing. Tiffany planned everything flawlessly. Sergei, Amanda, Bree and the rest of the staff couldn't have been any more attentive. Kudos to Mr. Z and staff for a great experience. Everyone and everything exceeded our expectations. With a setting like the Sunshine Coast, it doesn't get any better. We'll be back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

We stayed in a one bedroom suite in the lodge for a wedding in late July.

The highlight of our experience at the resort (aside from the excellent wedding) was the GM. When we were getting ready for the wedding, my husband realized he'd forgotten his cufflinks. I went to the front desk where they sell some jewelery to see if they sold cufflinks. I asked at the front desk. The GM, Dikran, offered us his own cufflinks. He came to our room with a selection of about 10 different pairs from his personal collection and lent us a set for the evening. He truly went above and beyond!

Here are some of the other great things about the resort:
- Beautiful setting for a wedding
- Excellent, enthusiastic, helpful front desk staff
- Great food - even the wedding buffet for a group of 100+ was spectacular
- Lots of staff around - you don't have to wait 20 minutes to talk to staff during busy times
- Gorgeous setting
- Excellent one bedroom suite option for a family - spacious, near pool but with gates between room and pool
- Lots of stuff to do nearby. We rented a power boat at the nearby marina and had an excellent day on the water

The negatives:
- Pool was chilly and not family friendly - too deep
- Parking was a bit of a challenge

We would definitely come back to this resort!

Room Tip: One bedroom suite if you are traveling with kids
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

We just returned from Secret Cove and after doing the research, had a great time. The key is: get a tent suite on the water! And, hope that there isnt a really loud wedding party while you are there. All the reviews are true. It is " a room with a view" with an ok dining facility and spa. But if you get a tent suite, what a great room, and what a view! We loved it.

Room Tip: Insist on water view tent suite
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

The Rockwater rocks! This is was our third time visiting. We stayed years back when it was Lord Jim's and all they had were the cabins and lodge. They were old school, retro and cheap. The new ownership put some care and attention into creating a brand and a memorable place to stay. The addition of the safari tents and spa along with the new menu made the place an international retreat (and one of the better places to stay on the sunshine coast). Our last two times back, we stayed in the safari tents. If you luck out and get one near the water (#60), then you will be a happy "camper". There is no doubt that the lodge, cabins, and dining room all need to be brought up to the the latest century, but if you can afford it... stay in the tents - winter or summer.

Room Tip: Stay in the tents!
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Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

We visited Rockwater for the first time this June and had the opportunity to stay in both a Tenthouse Suite and a Cabin, and all in all, our experience was great. If I had to say anything, I would say spend the extra money and indulge yourself in the Tenthouse suites. Amazing views, great amenities, clean, and comfy. Well worth every penny.

The Cabin was a bit dated, and the hot water did run out after my boyfriend's 45 minute shower and did not come back even after we decided to go grab some breakfast, but it was very quaint and when I mentioned it to the staff, they were fantastic and I have been told that there will be updates taking place in the near future.

Can't wait to go back and spend a couple days, without leaving once, in one of those Tenthouses!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rockwater Secret Cove Resort
Address: 5356 Ole's Cove Rd | Halfmoon Bay, Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia V0N 1Y2, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Sunshine Coast > Halfmoon Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Halfmoon Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rockwater Secret Cove Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rockwater Secret Cove Resort is the Sunshine Coast's Premier 4 star year round resort, featuring 38 ocean front rooms, suites, tenthouse suites and cabins. The resort features a restaurant, lounge, and seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Ideal resort for getaway, corporate retreats and weddings. ... more   less 
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