Travel Blogs from Parksville
at present we are a little tired so just a quick note tonight. We have had a wonderful day heading off from Harrison Hot Springs we set our little navigator Elmo to work to get us into Vancouver and onto a British Columbia Ferry over to Vancouver Island. It was surprisingly easy and we were really ahead of time so got onto the 11 am ferry. After …
... in such a short time. Hailey, her warm and loving embrace. Torn between family and me, I can only imagine it being tough seeing that she wasn't high and only peering in and imagining what could possibly be going through my mind. Her nurturing hugs and love was all I needed at those certain particular moments. I realized just how deeply my love for that beautiful woman goes. Being able to see the chakra's coming off certain people really put things into a perspective ...
... Upper falls in particular were most impressive with deep plunge pools and narrow vertical rock sides to the gorge. Could tell where water level is in flood as there were logs jammed across the river well above current water level. Lower falls also had logs jammed well above water level. Next stop was at Cathedral grove which was a small grove of 100s years old Douglas fir trees. The oldest was 800 years and 76 m high. Quite a giant. Lots of ...
... terminal in one piece. We were early for the 12.30pm ferry so we bought our tickets then joined the queue for the half hour wait with all of the other cars. Once the ferry arrived it only took about 10-15mins for everyone to be loaded on and we were off. The trip from Horseshoe Bay (mainland Van) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo, Vancouver Is) took about 1.5hrs but it seemed so quick. There was a restaurant and cafe onboard so we had lunch and then sat down to make use of their wifi ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Tigh-Na-Mara Resort Parksville
I took my wife to Tigh Na Mara for a getaway last fall(October 2003) and we had a wonderfull time. The service was excellent and the ambiance of the resort was super. We really enjoyed walking on the beach which we could do for miles, but the best part for my wife was the Groto Spa, she had a wonderfull Aromatic Oil Body Rap and came out a different person. (happy wife happy husband) I highly recomend Tigh Na Mara Resort for a getaway or holiday. We are planning to return this fall.
Spectacular resort ambience and also matching sunrises
We recently took our parents to Tigh-Na-Mara for 2 weeks of R&R. The experience was fabulous, as we stayed in a A/B oceanfront condo with all the comforts of home plus, plus, plus. The kitchen in the A Unit was well stocked with all the amenities including a microwave for our instant meals. The restaurant was excellent and the service even better. Fun filled adventure dining if you want, or quiet, leave us alone privacy. The staff did an excellent job of reading the mood and reacting accordingly. The sunrises that greet you every morning are beyond awesome. My wife and Mother-in-law made a morning ritual of having coffee on the beach, watching the sunrise. Overall, a five star experience that we would recommend for any special occaison.
Disappointed in Tigh-na-mara
A peaceful spot in a beutiful area. The restaurant is very good. The service is friendly. The accomodation is spacious, we had Oceanside unit C. However basics such as lotion, shower cap and a hair dryer were not provided. The Grotto Spa is a major attraction, we were looking forward to a relaxing swim on a rainy day. Being gourmands rather than Spa treatment enthusiasts, we had bought a gourmet package rather than a Spa package. When we tried to use the Grotto pool, we were asked to pay $35 each. This is despicable when you are paying over $350 a night. Regrettfully we will not return.
I took my girlfriend to Tigh Na-Mara Resort last weekend for her birthday. Although we had a great time, I wouldn't so freely give the resort a Trip Advisor "5 dots". Somewhere between the Trip Advisor 4-dot rating of "Above Average" and 5-dot rating of "Excellent" you'll find a rating that Tigh Na-Mara deserves.
10 years ago they were book a year in advanced, now they have more rooms and we got in. Something for everyone. If you have kids, they put you at one end of the property, if you want romance and to be left alone with peace and quiet like us, you stay up by the SPA. and what a spa it is! We were in the Sangster units, it was just like being in the wild, with all the ameneties of a 4 star hotel. And the spa, did I mention the spa, not to be missed, the mineral pool is the best! The messages are specific to your needs. The food is top notch but our room had a kitchen and BBQ's are supplied everywhere if you want to just make your own food. Take a walk along the beach or even 1 mile out into the bay during low tide it is the best. If you just want to get away from the world, this is the place! Do watch out the for spiders, ugly as hell, but harmless. Afterall, you are still out in the forest.
Heaven on Earth
This is an absolutely beautiful, peaceful place with extremely helpful, cheerful, knowledgable staff. Nestled amongst towering pines, madrones and oaks, there are numerous cabins with varying degrees of amenities, a lodge and a three story bank of rooms some with kitchens, fireplaces, and all with stunning views of the Inland Passage. It is a great place to relax and enjoy walks on the sandy beach, or taking advantage of the many offerings of a first rate spa complete with mineral pool etc. The meals are excellent.
Loved the privacy
I have recommended Tigh-Na-Mara to everyone I know going to Vancouver Island. We stayed in the one bedroom cottage and it was like having your hotel at home, no one came into clean unless requested and to recieve fresh towels and robes there was a bag left in the room for you to put your dirty ones in and new ones would be left at your door when you came back from breakfast. As well there is a private beach to have a camp fire on, pits and wood provided. I had the best time of my life at this resort, we had intended to stay only one night and ended up staying a week! I can hardly wait to go back!!
Four wonderful days on our homeymoon. The room was perfect, the site great and the food, out of this world. We'll be back
I've used Tigh-Na-Mara in the past as a weekend getaway and stress buster (can't beat those log cabins in the woods and the broad stretch of beach just asking to be walked upon), so I was curious to try their spa, just opened this month (April 2003).I dragged a skeptical husband along, and treated him to a Swedish massage (which he loved, and is already planning to return), but I was overwhelmed with what they've done.The Grotto Spa is amazing. A soak in the mineral pool (it's swimmable size) made me feel like a film star in some exotic tropical location! And the signature facial had me absolutely blissed out. There are loads of treatments to choose from, but budget constraints (even though prices are in line with other spas) limited me to the Rainforest Facial and a pedicure (and I still feel as if I'm walking on clouds three weeks later).I can't recommend it highly enough, and the staff and treatments were first class. World class.
What a fantastic place!!! It's a diamond in the rough. For anyone who wants a true Canadian experience, please please visit this place. My wife and I took our family on a trip to the West Coast of Canada. We were staying in Vancouver, and expressed our desire to stay in an out of the way place, where our kids could enjoy the outdoors. The person recommended Tigh-Na-Mara, because he had just taken his girlfriend there for her birthday and said that it was exactly what we were asking for. He was right! It was summer time, but we were able to sneek in. All I can say is stay in one of their cottages. They have fireplaces, a jacuzzi, and a kitchen so you don't have to eat out every single meal. Plus you can keep snacks in the fridge for the kids ( or a bottle of wine.) The kids entered a children's program during the day, which gave my wife and I time to go out and relax a little on the beach, play some golf, or whatever. I would recommend this place to a couple or a family, because is seemed perfect for both. I'm actually thinking about suprising my wife and going back there this fall for our anniversary. We'll leave the kids at home this time.