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!
From the moment I stepped out of my car and into the Resort’s reception area, I felt immediately relaxed. The staff were 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 made even more spectacular by the sunset!
I had the pleasure of staying in one of the newly renovated Ocean Courtyard rooms overlooking the Serenity Gardens with a perfect ocean view. The rooms are tastefully decorated with 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 there are plenty of plugins that include USB options near the beds and desk area. I always have multiple devices to charge at night and in my room, I was able to 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 have easy access to 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.
Both the Aqua Bistro + WineBar and Ocean7 Restaurant offer amazing dishes from their new menus. There are many options to choose from, for all tastes, and the chefs are wonderful in 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 were even more spectacular in the fine dining Ocean7 Restaurant with the ocean and sunset views. The new menu consists of West Coast seafood, grain-fed meats, and fresh organic produce from local sustainable growers and suppliers. Pictured below are 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!
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!
How to Get There
There are a number of 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 float plane dock to the Resort) and book the Kingfisher Resort shuttle.
If you are flying in, I recommend renting a car as you will want to explore more of Vancouver Island during your stay. There’s so much to see and do in this area.