Pacific Sands Beach Resort
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... dozens of islands off the coast. Stopped across from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations village. Saw a bald eagle and its nest perched on top of a fir tree on the way back. We were out for around 3 hours.
Went back to accommodation. Had a sleep; tired after not sleeping that well and getting up early. It had been a beautiful day with sunshine and temp of around 17 degrees.
Went to Driftwood Cafe at ...
... and site manager helped look and it was only when I shook my sleeping bag for the zillianth time that they fell out of its hood !!!! NO, I cannot explain it.
Spent rest of day lazing around, riding through the city and booking the ferry for tomorrow morning.The traffic here is bad. Campsite quiet with good internet so could stay here longer....but wont.
We arrived at Tofino after a wet and foggy drive and a couple of hikes through Canada's version of the rain forest, including, yes, some big trees. We checked into our room and went exploring the town of Tofino and the local beaches, bars and restaurants. We lucked out and found a sunny ocean front bar where the local fishermen were tossing entrails to the sea lions and had a pints worth of entertainment. ...
... however, see lots of sea lions, sea otters and harbour seals. The sea lions were huge and the otters and seals were absolutly adorable!
After the whale watching I spent some time walking around Tofino. Great little art and souvenir shop. Lots of native art, so many beautiful pieces, wish I could buy them. I've always been charmed by native art. Someday I'll be back and will get my hands on some of it!
As March began to draw to a close, Maria and I realized that we were running out of time to explore the entire Vancouver Island. As such, we had to sit down and pick and choose one area that we wanted to visit above all others.
With some semblance of a plan, and the most optimistic-looking weather forecast since our arrival ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Kids activities or Babysitting
Historical Traveler Reviews Pacific Sands Beach Resort Tofino
We would have to say it is one of the most spectacular places we have ever stayed at. The drive you have to take to get there is fantastic ( if you get motion sickness we suggest taking Gravol around the time you stop to look at the ancient trees at Cathederal Grove ) Take your time getting there, the roads are very winding, steep and scenic. When we arrived we were greeted warmly by the staff, promptly given our room keys and were told if we needed anything, or had any questions to talk to any of the staff. We stayed in one of the new 2 bedroom villas. It was designed and decorated beautifully.The living room had comfortable furniture, a fireplace , and lots of windows for an excellent view of the ocean. There are sliding glass doors leading to a glass wrapped balcony ( we left them open and enjoyed the breeze from the ocean)They utilized a lot of natural wood in the trim and furniture. The kitchen was equipped with everything you could possibly need. Bring your own groceries or buy in Tofino( a quick drive down the road). Our master bedroom had a huge soaker tub that you could sit in and look out at the ocean.What a view! It also has a walkout glass wrapped balcony. Have to mention the heated slate floors on the main floor and bathrooms. If you had a chill from a early morning stroll it soon disappeared when you took your shoes off. While we didn't need them, the resort supplied heavy duty raincoats ( hung outside your entrance). A nice touch that we didn't expect. You are literally steps away from the beach and could spend all day exploring (check out the tide pools and watch the surfers). We booked this resort based on the information we read on this site as well as the resorts own website. It was way more than their site revealed. We were not expecting the quality and beauty that the resort offered and would return there without hesitation.
Dream come true!!
It was just the most beautiful accomodations one could ever have expected. Our short stay (3 nights) was just that - too short & we hope to return again soon.
My husband and I stayed at the Pacific Sands hotel on the labour day Long weekend. We were eagerly anticipating our weekend, having heard rave reviews about this hotel and its location. Yes, the location is unparelled. Right on the ocean, you can hear the waves crashing from your room. We were very disappointed however, when we entered our room which was very outdated and old (we stay in the beachfront one bedroom suite). The rooms are in desperate need of a facelight. The furniture is extremely worn, the carpets old, and there is an obvious musty smell in the air. When you are spending $250.00 on a room you expect more than that. After building their beautiful new villas, the rest of the hotel should be updated to remain competitive. If you are thinking of staying here DO NOT choose the older section of the hotel, you will be disappointed.
I was surprised to read the review on the unfriendly service at Pacific Sands Beach Resort.
My family was disappointed in the pacific sands. More specifically we were disappointed with the quality of treatment we received. At first we thought it was us and then when we were out and about we realized there was a huge difference between the help at our hotel and at other places. At other places we were received with a very warm gracious attitude ..Our requests at the hotel were met as if we were bothering them. If we asked for blankets not extra blankets but blankets for our bed all the way to help with getting a taxi it always felt like we were imposing. It felt as if we were guests that they wished would just go away. At check out there was also a gentlemen that was complaining about the lack of hot water. His complaint was met with well did you call and let us know rather than we are so sorry. I guess it was just the way they responded with an attitude of really not caring.To be objective we felt the rooms, location of the hotel were beautiful but why stay somewhere that you feel you are a nuisance. and not wanted. I did write and the management wrote an apology letter and asked if we would give them another chance but I think I will stay elsewhere next time but tofino is great.
An incredible place
Pacific Sands deserves the award (# 2 -after the Empress!). The place was clean, well furnished, with a staff that was helpful and friendlyMy only complaint was that they would not sell me the lovely vanilla soap that was in the bathroom! However, they did give me one for the road,I would give the place an A+.
We just got back from at 3 night stay at The Pacific Sands. It was beautiful. All rooms have an ocean view and many are really close to the ocean. You can hear the sound of crashing waves from almost anywhere on the property. The beach access seems to be the easiest in Tofino. The room was very clean and they provided everything we could need in the kitchen. The staff was very friendly and accomadating. The first night of our stay we had a problem with our room leaking water and needed to move. As compensation, the hotel gave us our next two nights free plus a bottle of wine. The scenery is fantastic, the accomadations are reasonably priced, the staff is friendly and the atmosphere is very comfortable and laid back. I would reccomend this place to anyone looking for a great place to stay. Note: Before arriving at this property I was a bit concerned about my choice as the popular guidebook "The Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest" rated it poorly. They claim that the property and furnishing are dated. The place seems to have a strong loyal following as it has been around since the 70's. However, our room was definetly updated. As long as you stay in one of the newer buildings I don't think you will have a problem.
We were there about a year and half ago. Managed to get a corner room. great Hot tub where we could relax on the patio in late hours and share romantic thoughts... It is terrific it is on the beach.. Wonderful room with cooking facilties- Hope to go back again!! TIP: we got a good rate but if we had waited until Feb. would have saved about 40% more!- Dave and Karri
Loved the whole experience
We have just returned home from spending three wonderful nights at the awesome Pacific Sands Beach Resort. We loved every single minute of our stay. The bit of rain that we got did not even bother us at all. We walked on the beach at the resort and through trails in the Pacific Rim National Forest. Dinners at various restaurants and inns around the area, were some of the best meals we have had. We will definately return to this great place.
We stayed 3 nights in one of the lighthouse suites at Pacific Sands. We were very impressed with the staff and lodging. The rooms are set back from the private beach and every room seems to have an ocean view. The recently updated lighthouse suite had a comfortable queensize bed in a small bedroom, a kitchen and living area. The sandy beach is private. Washers and dryers were available. It is just north of the Pacific Rim Provincial Park and just south of Tofino. We had tried booking other resorts, which were full, and were disappointed that we weren't staying in Tofino itself, but after our arrival we realized that we couldn't have made a better choice. Their website was very accurate. Everything was easily accessible and we were in a serene Pacific setting.