Poets Cove Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Yachties will appreciate the marina, voted one of the top ten anchorages in the Western Hemisphere
- The choice of three restaurants, all of which use local produce in season
- The spectrum of outdoorsy diversions, from self-guided hiking to cruises that end at a winery
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Check-in time isn’t until 4 p.m., and check-out is 11 a.m.
- Pets are allowed for a fee of $75 per stay
- The resort closes for the season from November to April
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set on South Pender Island, one of the more tranquil and less-populated of the Gulf Islands, this woodsy, Arts & Crafts-style lodge offers guests 22 beautifully presented rooms in the main house, each with a fireplace, balcony and riveting ocean views. Alternatively, opt for more private lodgings in the 15 cottages or 9 villas, which feature multiple bedrooms, fireplaces, BBQs and ocean-facing decks. The property’s draws include heated swimming pools, hot tubs, and a fitness center, along with the Susurrus Spa where you can enjoy unique treatments like the Thai Stem Massage.
In the Area
Take to the water to explore the Gulf Islands, with their channels and islets rich in marine and bird life–the resort rents kayaks and canoes, and also offers guided kayaking tours. For a more decadent outing, take a leisurely cruise to Saturna Vineyards, a family-owned estate on Saturna Island producing top-quality Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Noir–there’s a restaurant and tasting room. Prefer to check out the underwater scenery? Dive some world-class wrecks in the area, like the HMCS Mackenzie, a 365-foot-long destroyer, with an outfitter like Dive Victoria.
How to Get There
We stayed for a night on the dock. It was great to have the lower pool and steam room open to us. No other amenities were available but we didn't go for them so it wasn't a problem.
My complaint has to do with your "resort dog" and the fellow that he was with. Your resort has signs posted everywhere that all dogs must be on a leash. We took a walk up to the top of the resort from the marina. Your large brown dog (Sam?) was not on a leash and had ZERO interest in listening to the guy who was doing maintenance. I asked him if he could be put on a leash and the guy told me the dog was a 'resort dog' and the owner loved him very much and he was sure the owner would rather see people put on a leash than dog.
You should love your dog enough to train it and not put it in situations where something unpredictable could happen. You should train your staff too. Being told I belong on a leash before your dog that approaches people and doesn't stand down when told isn't something you should be proud of.
We have visited Poet’s Cove many times over the last decade and have noticed it slowly start to deteriate in the last while. Service is consistently poor and borderline rude at times. The accommodations are quaint and cozy. It’s too bad management has not invested in good staff and proper training.
If traveling by boat this is a solid choice to be dockside for a change. Rooms are dated and need TLC however. Staff issues with not enough of them to go around. Entire dining room was serviced by one waiter. He was great at his job that being said. Compliments to the chef as the food provided at dinner was excellent. Breakfast buffet underwhelming. We'd booked for a 5 day stay and left after two. Glad we tried it out and if brought back up to it's former glory this resort is a great location and well designed master plan.
We needed a break from the hectic pace of Vancouver. This resort has all the amenities for a quiet romantic interlude. Great cheerful staff made the visit even better. Highly recommended! Great location, awesome view!
We were a large group that stayed at Poet's Cove for a good part of a week. With the cost of the rooms ($220 plus per night) I had very high expectations. I was very disappointed. The carpets of a majority of our rooms were extremely stained and in some cases clearly had not be vacuumed. Some showers had mold in them, one person had hair in their bath tub, the blinds were very dusty in most (one person couldn't even open up there blinds because the mechanism was broken), some rooms had new TVs eithers had the old tube style TV's with cords running down the front of the cabinet. The furniture is very worn, with water stains on both the end table and the desk. The bedding is very dated (pink comforter cover and a bed skirt that doesn't even appear to fit properly).
This hotel appears extremely dated and needs a really good remodel of furniture/bedding/window coverings and the carpets clearly need to replaced or cleaned. Good thing we all bring slippers! Some of the gym equipment does need to be updated/upgraded (specifically the elliptical) and it would have been nice to have gym towels available.
The daily cleaning of the rooms requires attention. Empty pizza boxes were left in a room for days and I am sure my room wasn't vacuumed once during my stay.
Although most of us found our beds to be comfortable, everyone commented that they are obviously old and in need of an upgrade.
On a positive note, the view is incredible and the fact that each room has an ocean view balcony was spectacular. The staff was very accommodating for an early breakfast time (breakfast wasn't being serviced until 8am, which was too late to meet our needs) and the meals we ate at the bar were great with great service.
If you are going for the view, and want to spend time on your deck with a glass of wine after exploring the island this is a great place to do it. Just don't expect too much from the rooms.