The calmness of the Brentwood Bay, a community of less than 900, carries throughout its namesake resort. With fresh flowers greeting you as you walk through your guestroom door, a room such as the oceanview suite with walkout patio is what many of us are after on an affordable luxury getaway. Make use of the hydrotherapy tub (with charming shutters that open onto the bedroom) before drying off in front of the gas fireplace.
An outdoor pool and hot tub are made available exclusively to guests, with a hidden outdoor shower to the side to rinse off under the vines. A walk down to the marina brings you to the fitness centre and to Eco-Tours which arranges transfers to Butchart Gardens. Simply staying put at the marina to meet the local starfish population is also an experience not to be missed.
Evenings are best spent with guests and other Brentwood Bay locals at the onsite pub where Driftwood Wit and IPA beers get paired with crowd-pleasing salmon noodle bowls, moules-frites, and falafel burgers. Morning breakfast in the main Dining Room means choosing between three different eggs benedicts (with smoked salmon, avocado and goat cheese, or black forest ham).
Apart from the 33 rooms at this boutique resort, three unique furnished ocean villas are made available throughout the year. Each villa comes with two dedicated bedrooms with ensuite baths and spacious entertaining areas complete with private patio space opening onto the bay.
Make it a first or last stop on the trip if you’re coming from off the Island as the resort is only a 15-minute forested drive to the Airport or 20 minutes to Swartz Bay.