(This story is sponsored by Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa.)
Imagine making your way through sandstone sculpted caves from a mineral massage pool to a waterfall massage to a tidal bath, every muscle feeling more relaxed every step of the way. Picture the dreamy walk meandering through wafts of aromatic steam and under a glacial waterfall, rejuvenating you to your very core. This is the Pacific Mist Hydropath at Vancouver Island’s Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa. There’s nothing like it anywhere else in North America.
The soothing walkway is a West Coast shoreline re-created in a cavelike setting. A guided experience, it draws on ancient healing properties of water for detoxification and relaxation in a stunning setting that evokes a natural seascape.
Whether you’re with a group of friends, travelling solo, having a romantic weekend, or bonding with your mom, the hour-long journey with eight stations is transformative. Afterward, lie back in a lounge chair overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Maybe you’ll see eagles, seals or orcas as clouds float above or the sun sets.
Seaside serenity is what Kingfisher Resort is all about. The Pacific Mist Hydropath is just one element that makes a getaway here so awe-inspiring—and ahhh-evoking.
Situated eight kilometres south of Courtenay in the verdant Comox Valley, Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa is the perfect escape from the city. With a recent huge capital investment into the resort, the transformation has been stunning.
The entire Kingfisher property evokes a sense of calm from the moment you arrive and step into the Serenity Gardens. With panoramic ocean views, the picturesque gardens have beautiful flowers, fire bowls, streams, and a pond complete with Adirondack chairs providing the perfect sanctuary.
The world-class Pacific Mist Spa has everything to pamper yourself. Superior manicures, pedicures, facials, and body wraps plus services tailored to men and expectant mothers are all on offer, steps from the shore.
The unparalleled experience continues into the culinary offerings. Take a seat at the live-edge bar at AQUA Bistro and Wine Bar. The vibe is West Coast casual, the cocktails and cuisine topnotch. During warmer months, large garage doors open up to the patio, enticing you to sit outside with breathtaking views of the ocean and the lush Kingfisher gardens.
The award-winning Ocean7 Restaurant offers an elevated fine-dining experience. Seafood-focused, executive chef Richard Benson’s locally sourced menu has exquisite menu items like fresh oysters, charred Pacific octopus, Hecate Strait halibut, and seared sea scallops. Ocean7 earned the Best BC Seafood on Your Plate award during the 2019 BC Seafood Festival for the third consecutive year.
Add in luxurious rooms with gorgeous views. Experience the newly appointed Ocean Courtyard wing, which opened in December after a complete rebuild. The Westcoast Craftsman-style building features luxurious rooms with custom-built local furniture, romantic hand-crafted lighting, and five-star bathrooms with floor to ceiling White Carrara Italian tile. Or stay in Beachfront Suites steps away from the water’s edge.
The resort is complete with a heated pool, fitness centre, seaside yoga, and more. You could spend days enjoying everything Kingfisher has to offer right on-site. Or you could explore this beautiful part of B.C., from whale watching to Mount Washington Ski Resort.
With all this, it’s no wonder Kingfisher was in the top 2 of Best Out of Town Spa Getaway in the 2019 Georgia Straight Readers’ Choice awards.
To book at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa, visit kingfisherspa.com/.