Travel Blogs from Parksville
The day started with a quick trip to tim houltons (they are huge in Canada) to allow the girls to get there coffee fix and the boys a doughnut fix! Once everyone was satisfied we returned to the beach from yesterday to allow Sarah and Steph to have a dip in the ocean and allow the boys to play on the sand. Stuart had great fun building sand castles whilst Harrison had equally good fun destroying them and flattening roads ...
... but west to the BC coast, to visit with our friends on the island and in the city. Sabina, Bernie, and Dennis were kind enough to let us stay for a few days in their beautiful home. And that's where we are. Parksville. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful way to make the transition from our lives in Alberta to a new journey in the UK. The island is like something out of a ...
... envelope with your camp fees, tear off your receipt and pop the envelope in the registration box at the gatehouse. Then the ranger will collect the fees from the box later when he/she comes through. We were a bit disappointed though as we'd planned to buy some firewood from the gatehouse, but there was no-one there... Benny was most upset that we couldn't have a campfire tonight. However about an hour later the ranger ute came around to all the sites with a trailer load ...
... pictures. What can I say? We were pretty picture happy. Our flight to Amsterdam didn't leave until 3:30, but since it was an internation flight we had to be at the airport three hours early. My bag weighed a ton since I way overpacked, so once we checked our bags we killed time by buying junkfood and water for the plane ride and trying to get the airport computers to work because Karen needed to sort out a problem with one of the flights we were ...
... to take a nap before leaving, allowing me to get my backpack, and avoid the displeasure of throwing myself off of the back of the ferry.
So after an eventful morning I arrived on Vancouver Island. Greeted by my family away from home, I settled in to their home as part of the family, just in time for Xmas. After living independently with roommates who are 5/6 years older than you and do not understand the concept of cleaning up ...
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 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.