To experience secluded luxury, head to Canada’s rugged, most westerly location, Tofino. At the Wickaninnish Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property, it will feel like there’s no one else in the world, but the two of you. Every room boasts an ocean or beach view, so after you check in, call room service for a bottle of wine and settle in on the balcony to check out the amazing seascapes.
Next, take an intimate bath-for-two in the soaker tub, then cozy up in bed in front of the flickering flames of the fireplace and listen to the pounding of the waves which roll in from Japan, (the storm watching here from November through March is phenomenal).
Experts say learning a new activity together is good for your relationship, so perhaps a surf lesson in front of the hotel is in order, or a SUP yoga class to strengthen your core on the waves. Chances are you won’t want to leave the Wickanninish, but if you do venture out, nearby Tofino has you covered. Despite its smallness, it is a surfers’ hangout and has cosmopolitan offerings like a distillery, brewery, art galleries, boutiques, and award-winning restaurants.
Just minutes away from the Wickaninnish is the Pacific Rim National Park, where you can explore windswept beaches and numerous hiking trails. If you’re boardwalk lovers, catch the Rainforest Trail. This is actually two loop-trails that will take you through a lush, mossy old-growth rainforest.
For a luxurious and romantic ending to your day, indulge in a Hishuk Ish Tsawalk Awakening Treatment, at Ancient Cedars Spa, for a spa experience inspired by the traditional techniques of the West Coast indigenous tribes in a little hut on the beach.