What We Love
- Saturday morning nature walks, led by the hotel
- Binoculars provided for guests looking to spot a bald eagle
- Dedicated pet showers after a walk on Chesterman Beach
- The location in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
What To Know
- No need to pack an umbrella: there’s Helly Hansen rain gear in every closet
- Valet parking is included in the price; breakfast is not
- The closest airport (Tofino) is a 20-minute drive away, but arrival by plane usually necessitates a 45-minute flight from Vancouver
- Free WiFi
“The Wick” is a Relais & Châteaux property, with all the thoughtful and luxurious touches that entails. Here, that means details like boot dryers (perfect after a stormy stroll along Chesterman Beach; check the tide table in each room for the best time to go) and Crocs (for walks to the nearby hot spring). Local wood carver Henry Nolla left his mark here – you can spot his exquisite workmanship in the hand-adzed entranceways and exposed wood beams found throughout the hotel and bar.
Bed and Bath
If you can tear yourself away from the panoramic Pacific vistas found outside your guest room’s picture windows, you’ll find the interiors are also up to the mark. There’s gas fireplaces and slate-tiled balconies, heated bathroom floors, and tubs (many big enough for two) with views of their own. Aside from a smattering of local art, cream walls and wood paneling are sedate enough to ensure the outside pine tree and rocky shore views stay front and center. Book one of the Pointe rooms for windows that face the crashing ocean waves.
For a deep dive into the culinary abundance of the Pacific Northwest, from local fish to wine, head to The Point Restaurant, where butter is churned on site and locally caught, wild Pacific salmon is both hot- and cold-smoked in house. (There’s even local Tofino Brewing Company beer on tap.) Wishing to delve even further into Tofino’s natural surroundings? The menu at Ancient Cedars Spa includes daily hatha yoga classes as well as an indigenous-inspired cleansing ceremony based around the four classical elements: earth, water, air, and fire.
In the Area
Year-round surfing (wetsuit definitely required) remains one of the region’s bigger draws. Nearby, there are numerous surf schools where guests can rent boards and take lessons, including the popular Surf Sister. Go bear-watching in the woods, hike on the Reserve’s many trails, or get out on the water in a kayak, a fishing boat, or on a stand-up paddleboard. While the hotel is remote, you’ll find one of Canada’s best restaurants, Norwoods, and the Ucluelet Aquarium (ideal for those traveling with kids) just a half-hour drive away.
How to Get There
We stayed in a 1 bedroom suite with the most glorious view of Chesterman beach. One of the finest hotel bedroom views we’ve ever had. You won’t be disappointed. We were on a high floor and this makes a difference.
Highlights of the hotel is simply the ‘back to nature’ feel and total sense of tranquility. This hotel is most definitely 5 stars, but it is relaxed and unpretentious. Staff are wonderful and will go the extra mile for you.
Tofino is a nice, level walk away and we jogged it slowly one morning in 30 mins. Safe, pleasant and without steep inclines; the walk into town is lovely.... especially as there are no taxis in the Tofino. However, the hotels courtesy bus was available whenever we wanted it. They happily and promptly picked us up from town post our bear watching excursions and lunch dates. Concierge and the front of house guys (Danny and Ron) were amazing and so customer focused.
The hotel will book excursions for you and we would recommend you do this as these were the highlight of our trip.
The hotel will also arrange transportation. We don’t like small planes, so the hotel arranged for a car to collect us from the ferry and drive us to Tofino. The car was luxurious and the journey was long but with beautiful scenery (3.5 hours).
Spa treatments were great - highly trained therapists and the couples room is a stand alone chalet with doors that open direct onto the beach - so you can hear the sound of waves as you have your treatment. Perfect...
Pointe restaurant was fantastic and we ate there all 3 evenings... food was absolutely fabulous and equalled the amazing views, for which I imagine this restaurant is famous for.
Amazing 3 days ! Room sensationally decorated, amenities so well thought through. Slept brilliantly. Really quiet at all times. Sensational views and location. They had everything, right down to lending me some crocs for my feet for visiting the hot springs.
Fantastic Hudson’s Bay Company rug for sitting in the balcony and listening to the waves.
Eating in the Pointe is a delight.
Few places will feel as good. Thank you.
Don’t misjudge the understated exterior of the building, this hotel is heaven on earth, 4 nights of heaven in fact.
The room was fabulous; a view to die for, a cosy fire, comfortable bed and pillows and balcony to watch the sunsets.
Bald eagles perched on the rocks and the waves crashed comfortingly beneath us.
This was the highlight of an amazing trip and I don’t want to leave. It’s position is perfect for exploring, Tofino is quaint, the Pacific Rim National Park beautiful.
The food in the Pointe Restaurant was delicious and the personal service and attention to detail perfect.
Did I say I didn’t want to leave?
This hotel is amazing, and if you are able to go I will be envious. My wife and I just finished a 4 night stay and it is by far the best hotel I have ever been a guest at. The location is stunning. It sits on a rocky point adjacent to a long sandy cove. We spent most of our time prowling the beach or relaxing and watching the surfers. I have been lucky with work to stay at many fancy hotels, and the service here was far and beyond anything I have ever experienced. They literally would do anything to make your stay memorable (as long as it did not impact other guests). We stayed for a belated birthday trip for my wife and the had lots of surprises for her (I don't want to list them and ruin your experience). The staff was not only capable, but genuinely friendly. We crossed paths with a great group including Aaron, Mia, Tyler, Johan, Koi, Antoine, David, Michael and many more!! The rooms are very comfortable and the double bath tub (looking out over the bay) is actually a DOUBLE. The Pointe is a very nice restaurant and if you book at 5:30 you may get a table along the window. They also have a food menu at the On the Rocks bar which included an extensive cheese menu. Our favourite hangout was the Driftwood Cafe. It is a sandwich and coffee type shop, but it has a real fireplace and jaw dropping views. We sat on the patio eating lunch and enjoyed the rhythm of the sea. Pro-tip, there is a neat place to have a drink and read a book. It is behind the bar (Shoreline Terrace). We had a spa booked as well, very nice, great views from the deck. I just wish they had the option of choosing the gender of masseuse. My advice, if you can stay here, do - it really is a stay of a lifetime.
My only regret was not being there longer. Service was great, super friendly staff, very accommodating, and what a view!
Highly recommend the cellar room in the basement if you can. We went on a fishing trip and wasn’t expecting the weather, no need to worry they had heavy duty rain gear, water bottles etc. Truly a great experience!