Reset In The Grotto Spa
As life becomes increasingly hectic, it is important to schedule personal time to unwind, and these days, unplug. Including rest and relaxation in our routines helps reduce stress and keep our immune systems in top form. Vancouver Island boasts countless incredible natural locales of solitude, but sometimes fresh ocean air, and exquisite natural surroundings are necessarily enhanced by some pampering.
Nestled within tranquil forests on Vancouver Island’s East coast near the mid-island town of Parksville sits Tigh-Na-Mara Resort. This seaside escape overlooking the Strait of Georgia is set on 22 forested acres, complimented by 192 handcrafted log guest rooms, two award-winning restaurants, 10,000 square feet of conference space, as well as an indoor pool and fitness area. Here, guests can take a dip in the warmest ocean waters in Canada along three kilometres of sandy beach, work up a sweat at several outdoor multi-sport courts, or explore the myriad of biking and hiking trails meandering through the countryside.
The resort’s “pièce de résistance”, The Grotto Spa, was recently named the #1 Spa in Canada by Spas of America. Guests flock to the retreat year after year to enjoy a plethora of bodily indulgences, often with a focus on natural West Coast ingredients. Treatments include facials, body wraps, body glows, massages, manicures and pedicures, and the spa is recognized by Leading Spas of Canada for its strict hygiene and customer service standards.
The Grotto Spa offers 20,000 square feet of bliss in a tranquil West Coast setting. The interior of the multi-award-winning spa, designed to mimic a natural stone grotto, is a blissful way to wash away the woes of the day in style. A 2,500 square foot warm pool is infused with natural minerals and trace elements to detoxify the body and rejuvenate the spirit, while the cool-splash waterfall, and whirlpool add a dynamic touch to the meditative experience. Winding down in the Relaxation Lounge and enjoying complimentary fresh fruit along with a selection of teas and coffee is a delightful denouement.
For those who have worked up an appetite winding down, the Treetop Tapas Grill overlooking the surrounding coastal forest is reserved exclusively for spa guests dining in spa robe and sandals. Here, the Endless Tapas program offers a progression of gourmet menu items created by local chefs. Featuring local seafood, spa-inspired anti-oxidant cuisine, and delectable desserts, the tapas-sized portions are ideal for those with curious taste buds.
“We are so proud of our team who continues to provide the very best treatment experience in the industry and we are honoured to be named the #1 Spa in Canada and the #1 Ocean Spa Experience in North America by Spas of America,” says, Alexander.
From the uniquely appointed spa to the breathtaking location, Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and its Grotto Spa are shining examples of West Coast decadence.