The Famous and Incredible Grotto Spa Mineral Pool, Tigh Na Mara Vancouver Island Spa ResortBy Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: May 31, 2013
Did you know: Vancouver Island has some of the best spa getaways in Canada! The fresh ocean air is unbeatable, and the seclusion and mild Pacific climate make “The Island” a choice romantic spot for spa retreats in British Columbia. And driving distances on Vancouver Island are short (and scenic!)
2015 Update - Our latest Vancouver Island Spa Getaways: We packed up our CRV and travelled across Vancouver Island to the "wild and wet" West Coast destination of Tofino BC, home of the Wickaninnish Inn.
Even though it's bit of a windy road (although very scenic in spots), the journey is well worth it. Long Beach & Tofino would have to rate as one of the best wilderness spots for romantic travel anywhere in Canada!
If you’re planning a spa vacation in British Columbia, especially the "stress-busting" type with a weekend at a secluded BC oceanfront lodge, enjoy our review of some of the best Vancouver Island spa resorts...
The Wickaninnish Inn & Ancient Cedars Spa, Tofino B.C. - we spent 2 nights at "the Wick" and loved it. Oceanfront rooms are fabulous, and the food & wine pairings at the Pointe Restaurant are out-of-this-world delicious.
The Ancient Cedars Spa is rated one of Vancouver Island's best (they even collect their own rocks from the beach for the hot stone massage!) The Wickaninnish has a romantic spa package that includes valet parking, 2 nights in a deluxe room or suite, an amenity pack, fruit and mineral water, and 2 one-hour treatments.
Another Look at the Sensational Spa Pool at the Tigh Na Mara Seaside Resort
Tigh-Na-Mara Resort – located in Parksville, BC, this award-winning resort lodge and spa was featured on LIVE with Regis and Kelly! Maureen and I had the chance to try out their Grotto Spa Mineral Pool in May of 2013, and it is fabulous and truly one-of-a-kind. It gives you the sensation of swimming in a warm tropical "cave" and being surrounded by waterfalls - all indoors! They have a whole catalogue of spa packages and services to choose from, and the rest of the resort is an oceanfront oasis of relaxation (it can be incredibly quiet here at night).
Deluxe View Suites with Jacuzzi Tub at the Tigh Na Mara Spa Resort, Vancouver Island, BC
Accommodation: very romantic log cottages and suites come with with a fireplace in every unit, and some include Jacuzzi tubs. The resort is located in a secluded forest-setting in Parksville, BC with all kinds of golf, hiking, kayaking and biking nearby. Packages for romantic getaways and Vancouver Island weddings.
Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa - this romantic Vancouver Island Spa Resort is a short 1/2 hr drive west of Victoria, BC. At Bear Mountain you can enjoy unique spa treatments for couples, romantic dining, scenic views of the mountains and city, plus a gorgeous Jack Nicklaus-designed 36-hole golf course. Check out their "romance in Victoria" package for a great weekend getaway in Southern Vancouver Island.
Poet's Cove Resort and Spa – on South Pender Island (Gulf Islands). Gorgeous location on a quiet harbor. Terrific Steam Cave and Falls hot tub. Unique exotic spa treatments including flower petal facials and an aromatic sea clay massage. Luxury lodge, villa and cottage accommodations.
Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa - one of the best luxury spa resorts on Vancouver Island is located a little further north in the Comox Valley. Beachfront suites, and the first full service oceanfront spa in Canada! In the summer, you can even book a massage right on the beach! Gourmet West Coast cuisine featured nightly in the dining room which is one of the most popular on Vancouver Island.
Salt Springs Spa Resort on Salt Spring Island, BC – we booked a 2-night BC Gulf Islands spa getaway here, and it was peaceful and soothing. They have a full day spa service, and the ensuite mineral-water jet tub would have to rate as one of the most relaxing soaks on the continent!