Nestled in the lush coastal rain forest of Vancouver Island's west coast, a few kilometers outside Ucluelet and within minutes of world-famous Pacific Rim National Park, Wya Point Resort is an ideal retreat for couples and families offering luxurious lodge accommodations, rustic Eco yurts and a family-friendly campground. With direct access to pristine private beaches, the area's newest resort sits amongst 600 acres of old growth forest, located on an old village site of Ucluelet (Yu-klew-ith-aht) First Nation.
Heaven is a place on earth.
I contemplated writing this post because a part of me did not want to share this incredible hidden gem. I had never been to Tofino before and my boyfriend had been raving about it since the day we first met. We decided to do a romantic trip for my birthday in February. It was definitely a toss up as to what type of weather we were going to get, given the time of year, but we lucked out and got a little bit of everything in this peaceful sanctuary.
This resort was the most phenomenal experience we could have ever hoped for. We stayed in the Raven Lodge - one of only 9 luxurious log cabins on this stretch of a private beach in its own cove. Just a short path away from the pristine remote beach. All night long you can hear the waves crashing against the beach, and in the morning the sea lions on the island straight ahead making their chatter. Of the 9 cabins we only saw two other groups here.
On our first morning we walked down to the private beach in our pajamas and robes to enjoy our morning coffee. We had the entire beach to ourselves apart from the sweetest elderly couple who we chatted with briefly in passing. That morning was one of peace and serenity and will remain in my highlight memory reel for years to come.
The resort has everything and more - an amazing view any time of day, a BBQ on the deck for cooking, heated concrete polished floors, luxurious furnishings, native art/decor with a mega dose of west coast luxury perfectly melded with a rustic charm. Although there is no TV, the free WIFI was the best I have ever had in a resort. We all love to check in, post pictures, stay connected when needed, and having that made a huge difference. This place doesn't need a TV, if you want a TV you may not enjoy this place. The town of Ucluelet is quaint - there is a grocery store, a couple coffee shops and restaurants and not a whole lot else. This is the sort of place you fill up on supplies, hunker down for your stay and get lost in the wilderness and luxury. There's almost no reason to leave this place.
The only critiques I would have for this special resort is the lack of dishwasher, which takes precious time that you could be spending sipping wine on the deck ;) As well as the fact that the water for showering and washing is not drinkable, which may be temporary. I would have preferred to be able to shower in drinkable water. However bottles of water are provided, free of charge, so it wasn't a big deal but as a suggestion for improvement I would have liked better shower water.
Staying at Wya Point reaffirmed to both of us the importance of periodically "unplugging" your life and immersing yourself in nature. We only stayed for two nights due to their availability but if we could have stayed longer we would have, we did not want to leave! During the entire duration of our visit we joked with each other how we should quit our lives back in Vancouver and just stay here forever. This place is truly magical and we will be returning at the nearest opportunity.
Do yourself a favour and book a stay at Wya Point Resort as soon as possible, you'll be so glad you did!
taylor ellen. xx