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
Firstly, my heart goes out to residents of Pender Island and the hard hit Gulf Islands. A massive windstorm just before Christmas caused significant havoc to the region and repairs are ongoing.
We were originally booked over Christmas with an Air B&B but had to cancel due to the storm and resulting damage. Once Poets Cove had their phones back up, we booked a cottage for the NY weekend.
Staff on site (3 of them?) did the best they could to accommodate all the NY guests.
Previous reviews reveal no secrets: the property may simply be another offshore asset for foreign buyers who could care less about the property and these reviews. It's abundantly clear they want to spend the bare minimum possible to keep the place well staffed and in good repair. Again, staff who were on site did their absolute best to accommodate, especially in view of the windstorm damage.
Our cottage was well appointed; no complaints there. It was relatively clean but not to the standard we were expecting, especially at this price point. Again, I cite stretched resources. The cottage had a hot tub which I believe it ran on 110v. As a result, it didn't hold heat for very long once opened. I think we were in there for about 45 minutes and it dropped from 103 to 96.
The pool and steam room were open - which were both nice.
The restaurant was closed.
Beautiful views and a beautiful setting. Would I come back? Tough to say... I would like to see an uptick in positive reviews first. My only hope is their current owners can show a little decency and kick some money back into Poets Cove. Show it the love and respect it and Pender Island deserves.
My husband and I are regulars and have been for over 5 years at Poets Cove Marina. We live in Sydney and by all means our favourite destination when we take out our boat has most definitely become Poets Cove over the past few years. We quite regularly visit Poets on weekends and even now, on the "off season", stay a few days in our powerboat on their recently upgraded docks. We always enjoy use of the Pool, hottub and steamroom, which cleverly located in a cave under the waterfall. There are many hiking trails close to Poets which even make it more desirable for my myself, friends and family. I am constantly recommending it to people as a destination to go when they need time away. We normally stay on our boat, but have stayed in one of their cabins once, and they are absolutely beautiful. I would recommend them to anyone, though priced a bit out of most people's budget. One of the main reasons I have looked forward to every trip we've taken this past year has been been the addition of "Sam", the Resort Dog. To see a negative review made a few weeks ago about Sam absolutely shocked me, he is the sweetest, most gentle, well-trained dog I've ever met. He is definitely a big dog, but truly is the definition of "Gentle Giant". My 3 year old, Grandson has played with him numerous times, my Daughter, (who has always been more a cat person), joking says everytime we see Sam that shes going to stow him on the boat and take him home. Whenever I see Sam wearing his Poets Cove Staff shirt it makes me laugh. Talking to his "Dad" earlier this Summer, I learned that Sam was rescued 2 years ago from a Puppy Mill, and was near death when taken out of there. He still has plenty of battle scars to show his negative past. Its very plain to see that dog absolutely loves his "Dad" and his Dad adores him.
As someone who's met Sam numerous times, I can only assume that the OP of the prior negative comment made about Sam, was just either just having a bad day,or possibly her mental health is "Questionable. I whole heartedly hope Sam is there everytime we visit, he puts a smile on every single persons face he has come in my presence.
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.