5.0
Excellent 149 Reviews
Jetsetter Verified
This Hotel meets our standards
Our editors have been here and it has met our standards

What We Love

  • Trip includes all meals, drinks (alcohol too) and guided adventures
  • One-hour seaplane transfer from Vancouver included in the rate
  • One massage treatment included
  • Lavishly outfitted tents
  • Located in UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
  • WiFi available
  • Forest canopy viewing platform and zipline
  • Comprehensive environmental program

What To Know

  • A 10% gratuity fee will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
  • Choice of three- and four-night stays
  • Arrivals and departures by seaplane on Thursdays and Sundays only
  • 3% sustainability fee not included
  • Not all Deluxe Tents can accommodate children
  • The resort is open from May to September
  • Popular with families in the summer months
  • Only 12 en suite tents have flush toilets and private showers
  • Cell phones don’t work at the reserve
  • No TVs
Adventure Family Forest Grounds Mountains Outdoors Play Romantic Rustic Scenic views Sport tree Waterfront Wellness habitat Nature natural environment woodland house season autumn leaf sunlight plant rural area home flower cottage wooded

Overview

The Review

Under the rain forest canopy of the Pacific Rim National Park is Clayoquot Wilderness Reserve, an enclave of 20 prospector-style white canvas tents connected by raised cedar boardwalks. This is a truly unique, flashlight-free camping experience, with Adirondack-style beds dressed with plush down duvets and a gracious staff that serves sumptuous meals in a separate dining tent lit by heirloom oil lamps.

The original Deluxe Tents are across a timber bridge, on a hillside overlooking the estuary. The furnishings are full of personality and include a convertible Chesterfield and a large lounge area with a small games table. There is an air of romance that couples will love, and enough space for families, but not everyone will be a fan of the separate, shared showers and compost toilets.

{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/editorialreviews/10162/pgal-22218-1300458889-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Relax in the wood-fired cedar hot tubs and admire the spectacular Bedwell River views.”}Worth the splurge are the resort’s 12 Luxury Ensuite Tents, which are outfitted with kingsize beds, queensize daybeds and full bathrooms with in-floor heating, flush toilets and spacious indoor/outdoor showers. In all tents antique dressers and lavish area rugs convey the homey feel of a bygone era, while a remote-controlled propane stove keeps things cozy when the temperature drops.

Views from the tents encompass lush fern gardens, alpine valleys, beachscapes and thousands of pristine acres of national park perfect for myriad activities including hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, whale watching and much more. In this untouched wilderness, it’s hard to believe Vancouver is just an hour away.

One early morning I joined other guests on a naturalist-led walk around the campground, and to my delight spotted black bears feasting on berries. Once we returned to the camp, everyone spread out in comfortable sitting areas and private decks with a cocktail in hand.

Though it is difficult to feel anything but relaxed here, spa treatments are available in the eco-safari-style massage tents. Here, expert hands administer deep tissue or hot stone massages as well as facials and body wraps — a magical way to finish a day of exploring the raw wilderness.

How to Get There

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
PO Box 130
Tofino, V0R 2Z0 Canada

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 149 Reviews
Rescheduled visit
Reviewed 2 months ago

This was a 1 week trip rescheduled post the new management (we visited in July 2017, there's no option to choose this far back in the review,so full disclosure)

It's an incredible place but the best bits for us were
1) Seamless and professional organization from arrival to departure and in-between
2) Excellent food with skilled chefs who can create amazing things which cater to probably any dietary restriction (e.g. egg-free baking)
3) You can do whatever you want at whatever pace - we went on a pretty demanding hike, spent another day hanging out on a boat
4) They have the "communal but private" balance right. We traveled as a couple and didn't necessarily want to be surrounded by other people's kids at mealtimes or on activities.They get this, even if some parents do not :-)
5) Accommodation was luxurious, outdoor showers were lovely but don't hang around out there if you're attractive to mosquitoes

All the guides were fun and highly trained.

Cell is non-existent and wifi was spotty, it didn't bother me but may be an issue if you're expecting to stay "plugged in" (to work) whilst here.

Heaven on Earth
Reviewed 3 months ago

The most amazing place - truly remote and peaceful but with the most luxurious surroundings and gourmet food - amazing guides and staff encouraging you to do as little or as much as you desire/ the spa alone was worth the trip - truly unique

Fun Adventure
Reviewed 4 months ago

Lots of activities, many challenging. Setting beyond compare. Peaceful and attractive "tent" accommodations. Skilled, attentive, and friendly service across the board. Excellent crew of fit and amiable guides.

But I sense an identity crisis with recent change in management. Is this to be a serious albeit high-end adventure lodge, or a 5-star spa and retreat for foodies?

For me, the meals were too fussy, especially given the remote location. Dinners bordered on pretentious. Who wants to fly into nowhere just to encounter an open kitchen reminiscent of SoHo or The Mission?

Fly fishing and more remote hiking require costly helicopter flights. A fabulous experience that one should not miss for at least one trip. But very high cost adds up. That said, boat rides to Torfino for surfing (excellent), wildlife trips, and ocean fishing are included.

To sum up my critique: Take down the "Relais & Chateaux" flag in front of main lodge.

Magical Place with Spectacular People
Reviewed 4 months ago

One could go on for pages lauding the endless attributes of this unique resort. The setting is incredible, nestled between the mountains in a pristine intersection of the sound and the river. The accommodations are similarly unique and luxurious while at the same time in keeping with the surrounding wilderness. The endless outdoor activities afford breathtaking and awe-inspiring opportunities, often multiple times in one day. The cuisine is scrumptious, and the ambiance of the cozy and inviting dining cabin is surpassed only by the chance to dine privately as a family in a candlelit tent. What truly sets Clayoquot in a category unto itself, however, is the unwavering positive energy of the individuals who work there. From the amazing breakfast crew who greet you warmly as family with a steaming cup of coffee to the incredible and knowledgeable guides who punctuate your unforgettable experience with their relentless can-do attitude, the aura of this magical place is heightened exponentially by the individuals who work there. Hats-off to each and every one of them.

Perfect anniversary trip.
Reviewed 4 months ago

My wife and I enjoyed a 3 night stay at Clayoquot in July and loved every minute of it. To be fair, our stay had the advantages of great weather and a really fun roster of fellow guests - but even without those bonuses, this place is really something special.

The scenery is obviously beautiful and the layout of the resort takes perfect advantage of it. We stayed in one of the waterfront en suite tents and the views of the sound and surrounding slopes from our front deck were poem-worthy. The tents are extremely comfortable and charmingly furnished. The bathrooms and shower in the en suite tents were perfectly designed to provide every creature comfort, while still fitting in with the glamping aesthetic. We slept perfectly each night in our stove-heated tent to the sound of the breeze over the sound.

There were more than enough activities to fill our 3 days. The zodiac trip to explore the surrounding waters (getting acquainted with the local bears, otters, sea lions and a humpback whale) with a stroll along the beaches of Flores Island was definitely a highlight. However, the day spent scooting around the peaks, lakes and waterfalls with Doog in the helicopter pilot was just about as much fun as a person can legally enjoy.

Both the food and the wine were delicious. The logistics for meals in the cookhouse were very solid and service was generous and thoughtful. While the meals at the resort were certainly praiseworthy, you'd be cheating yourself not to have a couple of meals out in the woods. The resort will pack you a delicious picnic and the requisite beverages to enjoy while you take in any one of the fantastic excursions.

Clayoquot feels the sort of place you'd like to keep secret, to make sure the world never gets in to spoil it. Despite that, we're going to go ahead and recommend it to all our friends and family.