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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 would give the Tigh Na-Mara a 4 1/2 if I could...
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.
The food at the Cedar Room restaurant was very good, the overall service was very good and the room was quite nice (An Oceanview Studio was available, but decided that the more newly-built Forest Studio was better and worth the extra money). The only part of the resort that I feel is truly deserving of a 5-dot/Excellent ranking, is the Grotto Spa. I'm not a spa-kind-of-guy, but the spa was something special - and guys, if you want to make her feel special, this is one of the places you can take her.
One thing I should point out (and it's another indicator of why I think the Tigh Na-Mara doesn't deserve a 5): When I made a reservation the week before, I requested that a birthday cake be brought out at the end of dinner. It never came out. While it's nothing to get upset over, when you drop almost 7-large on a place in a day, a resort/hotel truly deserving of an "Excellent" rating would make sure all the details (like a birthday cake) are taken care of.
I'm certainly not out to bash or belittle the Tigh Na-Mara, but I don't know if this should be your premier choice of a Vancouver Island resort destination. It's definitely worth considering though.
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
The new Grotto Spa is blissful
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.
TripAdvisor Reviews Tigh-Na-Mara Resort Parksville
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... the bridge on the cool stones.
On the way in Paul said "will you remember every turn we took and find the way back" and Gine said not necessary we won’t come back here… so much for not remembering… but then we came back to the road and found our way out.
Sun and Sand
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... in total, first 18 were tame in lagoon golf, however the last 18 in mountain golf were a real challenge.
It was great to have a laugh, as we ribbed each other during each game, there were some funny moments, especially when the ball returned to the same spot after putting and surprisingly Dad and I got an eagle on a hole each, where we only took one swing and it was in the hole.
First 18 holes - Dad won, then it went me and then Mum, Second 18 ...
... and Megan who realized we had arrived. They came out and helped us with our bags, showed us to our bedrooms which overlooked the lake, and gave us a tour of the home. I had been there before but it was fun to see my parents check the house out which they fell in love with. Travis and Megan had made put on some Spaghetti and we were waiting to eat as we all sat down on the dock relaxing and swimming while waiting for Megan's brother Joey and their ...
... but its really big (over 300 campgrounds) and set in 53 acres of forest and riverland so it reminds me a bit of a provincial park. The only real downside is that you look down into the neighbours campgrounds due to the way the hill has been cut to give most sites an ocean view. It's very mild outside as there's no wind so it's perfect to be sitting outside around the campfire, it just feels a bit weird and intrusive to be peering down into the neighbours sites.... Saturday ...
... Debbie noticed the ex-Prime minister, Joe Clark standing in the crowd, obviously waiting to meet someone deplaning. I remarked that if this was in any other country, the ex-head of state, would have been surrounded with security and bodyguards, yet here was an previous Prime Minister of Canada standing quietly in a crowd, obviously feeling safe and secure. I acknowledged him and he said hello. I love Canada.
We planned to have a visit and lunch with ...