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Relaxing Getaway at Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa, Courtenay, BC

My stay was hosted by Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa. Opinions are my own.

After what seemed like an endless and cold winter, I was excited to visit the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa for a relaxing getaway! Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, near Courtenay, British Columbia, Kingfisher Resort is the perfect location for a girlfriends’ or romantic getaway or simply a treat!

I felt immediately relaxed when I stepped out of my car and into the Resort’s reception area. The staff was friendly and very helpful in getting me settled in my room and ready to explore the stunning resort.

When I was ready to explore, I wandered through the Serenity Gardens with the botanical map provided at check-in. A peaceful stream trickles through the gardens, and guests can sit by one of many fire bowls and enjoy the ocean and garden views, which are made even more spectacular by the sunset!

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa, Courtenay, BC

Rooms

I had the pleasure of staying in one of the newly renovated Ocean Courtyard rooms, which overlook the Serenity Gardens and have a perfect ocean view. The rooms are tastefully decorated and have plenty of drawers and cupboard space to unpack for longer stays. I don’t usually mention bathrooms, but I need to say that they’ve thought of everything for guests’ comfort and needs.

Being a techy person, I was impressed that plenty of plugins include USB options near the beds and desk area. I always have multiple devices to charge at night, and in my room, I can charge my camera batteries, iPad, laptop, and iPhone with no problems. I also travel with my Roku device—for those who aren’t sure what this is, it’s a small device you can plug into the HDMI outlet on a TV and easily access your Netflix, Amazon Prime, Cineplex accounts, and so much more. At the Kingfisher, they have conveniently provided an HDMI connection and electrical plug-in on the wall below the TV. So perfect! They’ve thought of everything, I’m impressed.

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa, Courtenay, BC

Dining

Both the Aqua Bistro + WineBar and Ocean7 Restaurant offer amazing dishes from their new menus. There are many options for all tastes, and the chefs are wonderful at adjusting dishes for those of us with food allergies.

I was at Kingfisher for two lunches and was very happy with my choices. The weather was perfect for patio dining with an ocean view. Pictured below are the Caesar Salad (romaine hearts, prosciutto, Grana Padano, caper berries, garlic confit, crostini) and the Sterling Silver Steak Sandwich (char-grilled flat iron steak, garlic confit, cultivated mushroom, melted sweet onion, arugula, oven-dried tomato, garlic baguette with fries) are impressive!

Dinners in the fine dining Ocean7 Restaurant were even more spectacular, with the ocean and sunset views. The new menu includes West Coast seafood, grain-fed meats, and fresh organic produce from local sustainable growers and suppliers. Pictured below is the Seafood Pasta (prawns, scallops, assorted seasonal shellfish, peas, fennel, shallots, fresh fettuccine, white wine cream sauce), and the chef was fabulous in substituting food I’m allergic to in this dish. Thank you! I couldn’t resist finishing my meal with tea and Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulée. Perfect!

Activities

Kingfisher’s signature spa, the Pacific Mist Hydropath® is an experience I highly recommend everyone try at least once during your stay. Once you enter the underground caves, you’ll experience eight hydrotherapy areas, each one different. You’ll experience waterfalls, massage pools, a river walk, and a steam sauna, all while soaking in the minerals throughout. The relaxing atmosphere is like no other. I left with plans to visit Kingfisher and, specifically, the Hydropath spa again soon! Please visit their website for more details and images of the spa. It’s simply amazing!

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa, Courtenay, BC Pacific Mist Spa

How to Get There

There are several ways to get to this Resort.

  • If you’re driving, you can take the ferry from Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, 1 hr 30 min sailing) and then drive north from Nanaimo (1 hr 15 mins)
  • Another alternative is to fly to Comox (a 25-minute drive from the Resort), rent a car, or book the Kingfisher Resort shuttle.
  • Travel by Float Plane (a 20-minute drive from the floatplane dock to the Resort) and book the Kingfisher Resort shuttle.

If you are flying in, I recommend renting a car. During your stay, you will want to explore more of Vancouver Island. There’s so much to see and do in this area.

My stay was hosted by Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa. Opinions are my own.

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