Luxury in a Natural Setting at The Wickaninnish Inn

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Our Wickaninnish Inn review introduces you to one of the best Tofino hotels on the West coast of Vancouver Island. Read what Alan and I experienced as part of a May road trip to Vancouver Island.

Wickaninnish Inn Review

wooden entry to garden path
Entry to On-the-Beach building at The Wickaninnish Inn.

Have you ever stayed in accommodations so perfectly attuned to the surroundings that you didn’t know if you were inside or outside? That’s how Alan and I felt when we stayed at The Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, B.C.

The view from our Beach Deluxe Room in the On-the-Beach building overlooking Chesterman Beach and the Pacific Ocean made us feel as if we were staying in a treetop perch with a ringside seat of surf and sand. From our window, we watched the fog roll in, the surf pound against the sand, and the sun shine brightly on a new day.

A stone fireplace and wooden architectural elements at The Wickaninnish Inn.
Natural elements set the tone in the lobby at On-the-Beach building.

The Wickaninnish Inn is comprised of two buildings—On the Beach and At the Pointe. Both offer just the type of accommodations that we appreciate—luxurious but understated, environmentally aware, filled with unique art and offering quiet attention to a guest’s likes and dislikes that is the hallmark of excellent customer service. And did I mention the inn is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway?

A chair sits beside the fireplace in a beach deluxe room.
Window view in the Beach Deluxe room.

The staff at this Relais & Chateaux property has thought of everything to make the stay comfortable. Binoculars rested on the fireplace mantel near the large window in our room waiting for us to check out the action on the beach.

In the closet, the presence of gumboots, raincoats and umbrellas gave us no excuse to stay inside during rainy weather. And it rains a lot here—remember this is a temperate rainforest.

A bathtub sits in front of a floor-to ceiling window.
Even the bathroom has a view at The Wickaninnish Inn.

In the bathroom, the Brita filter water pitcher was a nice touch along with the plush bath robes and luxury spa bath products. And who doesn’t enjoy a double soaking tub with a view of the ocean?

Enjoying the outdoor setting in Tofino, B.C.

A jogger runs with a dog on the sand at Chesterman Beach, Tofino, B.C.
Looking out the window at Chesterman Beach

It was tempting to spend all of our time chilling out in front of the fireplace or in the Adirondack chairs on the covered deck with a hot cup of coffee. The in-room service includes coffees, a selection of teas, and hot chocolate. But there was a beautiful natural setting to explore.

On the first day of our stay, we enjoyed a sunny power walk on Chesterman Beach. We should have brought our cameras as our next (and final) day at The Wick, as it’s affectionately called by staff and returning guests, was a misty one.

Alan and I were at The Wick to recover from an ambitious road trip before heading back to Montana, so most of our time was spent relaxing in the inn’s restful ambiance. Besides, we think it’s important to really get the feel of a place before telling you about it.

On our next visit, active adventures like the whale watching and bear watching excursions offered out of Tofino will be on the agenda. And we’ll definitely save time for exploring Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Dining at The Pointe Restaurant

large fireplace in dining room overlooking ocean view
The Pacific Ocean view at The Pointe Restaurant.

Dining options at The Wickaninnish Inn include fine dining at The Pointe Restaurant, which has the best ocean view of any restaurant that we’ve experienced. Enjoying a gourmet meal with views of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is a visual and culinary treat.

Driftwood Lounge is the choice for quick meals, specialty coffee drinks and easy access to Chesterman Beach.

Plan a winter trip to Wickaninnish Inn

driftwood on the beach
On our next visit, will we see storms raging on Chesterman Beach?

Accommodations at The Wickaninnish Inn include several Chesterman Loft Suites that offer a professionally designed kitchen. Alan and I are already talking about renting one of the loft suites for some winter storm watching (for him) and a much needed writing retreat (for me).

With 48-hour notice, the folks at The Wick will even stock the kitchen for us. After all, our waistlines can’t afford for us to eat every meal at The Pointe Restaurant and stormy weather might discourage us from driving into Tofino.

With a well-equipped fitness center, the rainy weather won’t be a detriment to our fitness programs. And I’ll make sure to break away from writing long enough for spa time at The Ancient Cedars Spa while Alan checks out the Lookout Library or browses on the guest computer. Yes, there’s complimentary wi-fi as well.

The buildings of Wickaninnish Inn sits amidst trees in a temperate rainforest.
The Wickaninnish Inn is tucked into a temperate rainforest

Before our reluctant departure from romantic relaxation at The Wickaninnish Inn, Claire McDonald, Marketing Manager, gave us a tour of the property. As she described the construction of the buildings, we learned it was not by accident that we felt so close to nature.

When constructing both buildings at the inn, the landscape was left as untouched as possible staying true to founder, Dr. Howard McDiarmid’s, philosophy for preserving the rainforest of old growth trees located on this wild corner of Vancouver Island. We’re glad he did.

Places to stay and things to do on a Vancouver Island road trip

It requires effort to visit Vancouver Island so don’t just stay at Wickaninnish Inn and leave. Here are more experiences that we recommend in this part of Canada:

Disclosure: The Wickaninnish Inn provided our travel experience but the opinions are our own.

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