Vancouver Island Wellness Getaway, Courtenay, B.C.

Photo Courtesy of Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

A well-designed resort geared for pampering every guest rests on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island in Courtenay, British Columbia. Mother-daughter duos, friend reunions, couples and even solo travelers all discover their bliss at Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa.

Pampering choices abound at Kingfisher. Gaze at the ocean while sitting back and relaxing outside in the beautifully landscaped gardens, indulge in an assortment of spa therapies at the Pacific Mist Spa or revitalize with a yoga class in the Starfish Studio. Enjoy the comfort of an ocean-front suite by doing nothing but watching the waves or reading a book by the fire.

Directly underneath the resort lies the Pacific Mist Hydropath, a man-made sandstone cave. Up to four people can navigate the Hydropath at one time, making it possible to take pleasure in quiet conversation, laughter and fun.

Follow a guide through the Hydropath to experience eight diverse zones that revitalize and restore through the power of water. Luxuriate in various waterfalls, recline in massage pools, wade through the warm and cold river walk and relax in a pool with rain falling from the ceiling. Do not skip the glacial waterfall―it awakens all the senses.

Pacific Mist Spa offers therapies to meet every guest’s needs by utilizing rejuvenating elements from the sea. Try a wrap for more vibrant-looking skin, a massage to relax sore and tight muscles or a detox treatment to feel refreshed.

No luxury getaway is complete without some amazing food, and Chef Nyle Petherbridge developed menus for the two top-rated restaurants at the resort. Savor a glass of B.C. wine or eat a succulent steak sandwich in the casual AQUA Bistro & Wine Bar. Dress up and indulge in gourmet cuisine at Ocean 7, where Chef Nyle creates exquisite dishes like mussels in yellow-curry coconut sauce or sable fish wrapped in prosciutto. Chocolate lovers must order the molten chocolate lava cake with lavender ice cream and a cocoa nib tuile―it is truly decadent.

Three amazing nearby restaurants to try are Locals, the Black Fin Pub and The White Whale. Downtown Courtenay hosts several uniquely Canadian shops, a chocolate store and other fun establishments to explore.

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