Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Free local cider upon arrival
- Full walls of windows in the guest suites
- Locally-sourced fare at the inviting Dining Room and Pub
What To Know
- Although the address is in Victoria, this isn’t a city hotel; if you want to see the city’s attractions, you’ll have to drive
- Wi-Fi and long-distance calls are free
- The resort is not recommended for children under 16
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This peaceful oceanfront escape’s 33 contemporary suites have spectacular sea views, king beds with Italian linens, gas fireplaces and private terraces with outdoor dining areas. Brentwood Bay is known for being a romantic destination as well as a culinary one: The indoor-outdoor Dining Room and Pub offers sunset views over the marina and serves fresh seafood and organic produce paired with wines from an award-winning list. Don’t miss the a la carte Breakfast on the Bay, a local institution. There’s also a large spa, offering everything from couples massages to aromasoul volcanic scrubs.
In the Area
The vibrant, manicured blossoms of Vancouver Island’s famous Butchart Gardens are just across the bay and can be reached via boat from the resort. Brentwood Bay is also near a rich agricultural and wine-producing region, making for a pleasant day of tastings at local vineyards such as Blue Grouse, Starling Lane and Averill Creek. Attractions in Victoria include the Royal British Columbian Museum, which showcases natural and human history; the 1890s Craigdarroch Castle; and a formal afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
How to Get There
We spent a few nights here, hoping for a restful alternative to Victoria. The property was fine but hardly memorable. The pool is tiny — especially for a so-called resort — and there is no gym or anything else to warrant being deemed a resort. We only had breakfast at the restaurant, which was fair. The hotel told us they couldn’t supply a crib “for liability purposes”. This was very peculiar and inconvenient. In sum, nothing per se wrong about the hotel but I wouldn’t return.
I am a local so go several times a year for various spa procedures which have always been great; however, I had a massage today and the constant stream of noise coming from the hallway ruined the experience for me. I gather several large parties were coming to experience the spa and although there are signs requesting clients to be quiet, these were obviously ignored. Brentwood spa is not inexpensive and I think, at these prices, more should be done to ensure that guests’ experiences are not ruined by this sort of behaviour. It is hard to get into “the zone” when there is a constant stream of talking coming from the corridor; someone even had YouTube video playing for several minutes that I could hear quite clearly!
We stayed here for one night for our first anniversary in a deluxe ocean front suite. The room itself was extremely nice and well appointed. However, we were pretty dissappointed with the “ocean front”, mostly due to the extreme lack of privacy. We stayed in room 108. The view is really only partial because depending on where you are in the room, you can only see the trees and road to the marina.
The biggest disappointment was the lack of privacy. Right in front of the room is a walking trail. There is no enjoying the ocean view from bed or from the bath. You’d be fully on display. It felt invasive when people walked by while we were eating breakfast on our patio in our robes! We tried to change rooms but they were full. We mentioned the disappointment at check out, but she didn’t have much to say.
We had dinner at the pub. The ambiance and service were both extremely good, however the food was bland. We paid 26.00 and 25.00 for fish and chips and a steak sandwich. The flavours were just bland. Nothing bad, but you’d expect delicious for that price. You can get better for much cheaper at other pubs. Also, no menu for non-alcoholic drinks or mocktails which is disappointing if you can’t drink alcohol.
I’d return, but only if I was up a level, and I’d eat elsewhere.
the marina at Brentwood resort is showing signs of age and need for an upgrade...that refers to the docks only, which are old and a bit wobbly....beyond that observation, the marina provides everything one could need. Showers are included in the dock fees, which are comparable for the area. All conveniences are located on the dock, recycling, garbage, showers, laundromat and very convenient and courteous checkin. water and power on the dock are good. Wifi is a bit iffy at times but sufficient for needs. The main hotel and resort is a few metres away and provides dining and coffee shop and bar facilites, plus pool. The fitness centres is on the marina dock. A very comfortable place to dock...the nearby ferry is almost invisible in its coming and going and does not create waves in the marina slips....all ion all a good experience and would recommend highly
Loved this hotel. We've been up to Victoria several times and didn't even know this gem existed. All of the rooms face the water or pool, it's quiet and serene and a great place to stay. We even saw an otter walking the grounds one night. The hotel can also arrange your water activities (kayak, paddle boards, etc.) and it's literally steps from the ferry dock. Our room (which was probably the worst room in the hotel) was still nicer than most places we've stayed. It was also well maintained, clean, quiet and the staff very friendly with great recommendations. I would recommend this place for a quiet getaway and only 15-20 from downtown Victoria. We will come back for sure.