Whether you are looking for an adorable rustic retreat or a famous hotel with a star-studded past, Vancouver Island and its neighboring archipelago, the Gulf Islands, have a spot for you. Here are a couple of our favorites:
Hastings House Country House Hotel. Tucked away on a pristine 22-acre waterfront property on Salt Spring Island, Hastings House Country House Hotel is the epitome of natural beauty. The 11th century Sussex-style Manor House is perched upon a hill overlooking the placid Granges Harbour, capturing the essence of the English countryside. Scattered throughout the meticulously kept grounds, the rooms and suites are housed within ivy-covered garden cottages and the timber-framed barn. With one of the best kitchens in the province, you won’t go hungry during your stay at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hastings House. To top it all off, slip into relaxation at The Spa at Hasting House.
Wickaninnish Inn. Watch a storm roll in from this rustic retreat on a practically deserted stretch of Vancouver Island. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Wickaninnish Inn flaunts floor-to-ceiling windows that are the perfect canvas for the crashing waves below. This three-story cedar inn’s décor sits at the crossroads of rusticity and luxury with much of its décor crafted from recycled fir, cedar and driftwood. Life doesn’t get much more romantic than the 75 deluxe guestrooms and suites in this Tofino lodge. Jutting out past Chesterman Beach, Wickaninnish Inn is surrounded by lush vegetation that covers the Pacific Rim. And if the scenery isn’t enough for you, unwind in the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Ancient Cedars Spa.
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa. If you want a city escape, this Four-Star hotel in British Columbia's capital still gives you access to the great outdoors. Set in downtown Victoria, this boutique hotel sits just two blocks from the lovely Inner Harbour, where you can go kayaking or whale watching. But even if you don't want to leave the confines of the contemporary hotel, you'll find plenty to do. Reserve one of the seven treatment rooms at The Spa Magnolia for a hot stone massage. Or head into Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar for Mediterranean-influenced fare or Venetian tapas.