Island Sunset Resort

Island Sunset Resort

19 Beach Cove Lane, Belle Cote, Nova Scotia B0E-2B0 Canada
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Located on a spectacular coast, poised along the world famous Cabot Trail, this unique seaside cottage resort is one of a handful 4 star resorts in Cape Breton and one of the only resort that are on the ocean with a 4 star restaurant and beachfront casual bistro. Fresh lobster is available onsite live or to prepared on the beach accessible only steps from your cottage. Island Sunset is just off the beaten track yet is the perfect Cabot Trail home for the coastal adventurer.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Restaurant
Beach
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Conference facilities
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Ocean view
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MarcoNorthPolo wrote a review Jul 2020
Lunenburg, Canada127 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There were five in our party and we never felt crowded. The bedroom had two queen beds and the living room had a sofa bed. Everything was clean and sanitized before our arrival.
Being directly across from the beach was a plus as well. The sunsets (when it wasn’t cloudy) were spectacular. Each night was spent sitting on the deck chairs watching the sunset. The restaurant being so close was great too.
The fridge was quite small, the equivalent to what you’d find in a motel room, but we made do.
Overall it was a pleasant experience staying here.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jamparkd24 wrote a review Aug 2022
Jersey Shore, New Jersey11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a cottage here that had every amenity and a small porch with views of the harbor and the ocean. A truly stunning spot in the midst of nature with all comforts in the cottage, including a perfectly equipped kitchen. Everything was clean and staff were very responsive.
The onsite restaurant has every more views and the ocean beach is just steps away.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Request an ocean view cottage
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Sightseer801636 wrote a review Aug 2022
24 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were so excited when we arrived in the afternoon to our beautiful cottages with sunlight streaming in and the fresh ocean freeze. The cottages smelled and looked clean and were very nicely situated. Then came night. There was a huge bug party outside our door, which was OK but inside our unit, there was an earwig problem. We saw earwigs crawling on the walls, on the floor, everywhere, it was really disconcerting. The mattress in our unit had seen better days as well and when one person would turn, it made a huge loud noise. I think they have to get to the root of why there are so many earwigs, personally I found that to be very disappointing.
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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NStevens1234 wrote a review Jul 2020
Halifax, Canada24 contributions27 helpful votes
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
The view from the front window and side porch were beautiful, but unfortunately the furniture needs to be replaced. The bed was very uncomfortable and creaked with every move. The whirlpool tub did not work and they had a sign on it to say it wasn't working. We were the only ones staying at the resort so it is difficult to understand why we would be placed into a room that did not have all the features advertised. The TVs are very, very old and the descriptive voice over system could not be turned off (after several Google searches and asking at the front desk). The space of the cottage is very large and the kitchen area is fully equipped. The tiny electric fireplace also left a lot to be desired.
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Date of stay: July 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Fan of Stan wrote a review Jun 2021
Eskasoni, Canada2 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a night there in Late June. Room was comfortable but a bit dated, Staff was very helpful and gave us an early check in. Restaurant was great and service was excellent. A nice quiet place. Would go back again.
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Date of stay: June 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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I326TFdavew wrote a review Jul 2023
Amherst, New Hampshire129 contributions51 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were happy to find this wonderful place to stay even though we did not have reservations. Right on the ocean with a beautiful sunset at the restaurant when we arrived set the stage for our one night stay. Our charming, clean and quiet room was basically a three room suite. We couldn't ask for more.
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Date of stay: June 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Deb G wrote a review Aug 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We only had 2 days in this paradise, and all agreed would have liked all of our 2 weeks there! Was stunning wherever you looked. Cottage was absolutely charming and was so family friendly. The restaurant was the best in all 4 Provinces we visited! Truly a piece of heaven.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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newforester wrote a review Oct 2005
New Forest National Park Hampshire, United Kingdom442 contributions127 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a very new complex about 20 minutes travelling time from Cheticamp, a further 5 – 10 minutes is required to reach the Cape Breton N.P.
Accommodation is very good as is the general level of service. The facility has a restaurant and we enjoyed very good (in fact best in our stay in Nova Scotia) food and service. Breakfast for a small cost can be delivered to your suite.
Accommodation in the Sunrise suite is a relaxing area with comfortable chairs and a sofa. Satellite TV, and an electric effect log fire, the sea is viewable from 2 windows. From here there is access to a deck with wooden relaxing chairs and views of the St Lawrence strait(?).
At the edge of the relaxing area is a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen area. Off of this L shaped area is a bathroom with whirlpool bath, and a large shower. Other bathroom facilities are also here.
The bedroom is well appointed with another TV. The bed itself is very large and comfortable, in our suite there were good sea views.
It is a short walk, 50 meters to the beach which is a mix of sand and stone, access requires climbing on large rocks. During our stay, early September the beach was deserted and very nice for quite strolls. At full tide there is little beach front.
The area is generally very quiet with few other facilities. Surrounding the site on two sides is a waste area that is probably due for further development, on the other is the sea. The access road is a dead end at the local harbour.
Approx 60% of the other units have a good sea view.
We found the location to be excellent without too much hassle as regards travel. A CO-OP food supermarket is about 10 minutes away, with a larger unit in Cheticamp.
We considered this to be the best accommodation of it’s type in the area, and although at the high end of the market is well worth the additional cost.
Pictures and other comments are attached later.
Norma Lodge is about 30 minutes away and we would thoroughly recommend one of their Concert evenings.
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Lou R wrote a review Jun 2006
Miami FL6 contributions17 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My sister and I just returned from a week's stay at the Island Sunset Resort in Margaree Harbour, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Yes, the resort is technically in Margaree Harbour, not Cheticamp or any other hamlet listed among the various addresses we were given. The facility is relatively new, kept spanking clean and very comfortable. Unfortunately, our stay ended just a week or so before the real tourist season starts in July -- because of this, the resort's restaurant was open only for the one weekend we were there and spa services were limited. When we expressed our disappointment at not being informed of the resort's limited services when we made our reservations, we were told that the Canadian internet booking service was to have notified us and that several customers had similar complaints. Hopefully this problem will be rectified before the next off-season rolls around.

The buildings of the resort are located on a bluff at the water's edge, yielding an unobstructed view of the magnificent sunsets and beautiful vistas along the coast. The many shades of green and the riot of wild flowers at this time of the year invited photography and were very restful indeed. The suites are roomy and comfortable, with satellite TV and (erratic) wireless free internet access. (The office staff says the resort is switching to high speed broadband because of problems with the wireless system.) Note that the resort's website says the suites are air-conditioned -- this is true to a point, as the living area has an air conditioner but the bedroom does not. Still, it was pleasantly cool, even though the locals were commenting about the mid-70 degree heatwave! The kitchen area was limited in resources, with a small refrigerator (no freezer to speak of), microwave, toaster and 2 burner cooktop. Cooking utensils, dishes, pots and pans were also limited. We bought groceries to have breakfast and lunch in our room (because of the lack of restaurants) but were limited in what we could do because of lack of equipment. We also had to buy a styrofoam cooler and got bags of ice every couple of days. The office said we could get ice from the dining room but it was only open for two days while we were there...

With all due respect to the residents, Margaree Harbour is a village -- we found 3 open restaurants (limited hours) and one convenience store in the immediate area. For gas, groceries, souveniers and other needs, we had to drive to Margaree Forks, Grand Etang or (mostly) Cheticamp 15-25 minutes away. We got used to the idea that we'd have to leave the resort for dinner but that fact had to play a prominent role in our planning for each day.

Cheticamp is the local "town" and the closest place to pick up whale watching cruises and Acadian craftwork. For whale watching, we strongly suggest a Zodiac trip (the company is in the same area as Wabo's Pizza). The Zodiac is extremely stable and very solid-feeling. We had no problem running 6 miles out to get to the fin whales. The size and mobility of the craft are an advantage in that it was very easy to zoom over to wherever we saw spouts. We were able to get within 20 yards or so of the second largest creatures ever populating the Earth - the fin whales. We also took the Love Boat whale cruise; very nice and informative crew and a comfortable 42 foot boat but it was not as mobile as the Zodiak and we spent 2 hours chasing spouts and never got close to a whale.

I had been looking forward to having some spectacular fresh seafood, especially since lobster and snowcrab are trapped in the immediate area and Atlantic salmon can be caught in the local streams and rivers. Sadly, the seafood, while mostly fresh, ranged from just OK to badly overcooked. You can get a lobster dinner anywhere for $15-20 but the typical one-pounder I had was dry and had little taste. I will say that the only consistent exception to the culinary rule was the scallops, which were good to excellent everywhere I had them.

Looking back at the review above, it would seem that our vacation was one big disappointment. It certainly was not that! The scenery was spectacular, the people warm, and the resort was comfortable. The quality of the light throughout the day was so pure that picture-taking was a sheer joy! The gull colony in the harbour adjacent to the resort invited multiple trips to watch the chicks and observe the birds' behavior. And yes, it was a beautiful restful place to spend a week. I think the disappointments were simply from uninformed expectations. If you want a choice of activities and restaurants more typical of a town setting, you will be disappointed. (WARNING: there are no fast food restaurants within several hours drive of the area!) If you're looking for a place to relax and recharge, a chance to get reacquainted with nature, and lessons in both Scottish and Acadian culture, and you don't mind driving to get where you need to go, the NW coast of Cape Breton Island is the place to go and the Island Sunset Resort is a comfortable place in which to establish your home base. But don't come until July!

Lou and Laurie Romig
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Date of stay: June 2006
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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michelesam wrote a review Apr 2014
Montreal, Canada26 contributions29 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is a total ripoff. We had ordered their romantic escape weekend, which was supposed to come with wine and fruit and snacks. Instead we got a fruit juice and some hard muffins. The rooms are musty ,cold and damp. The Jacuzzi did not work. There was no breakfast available in their restaurant the next morning and we had to buy lobster from a fisherman on the beach at 8 o'clock in the morning. I know there are not a lot of places to choose from when you're on the Cabot Trail but this place is absolutely the wrong choice... better to sleep in your car. You would still get the view and it wouldn't cost you a fortune as this place charges
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Date of stay: July 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Antonia asked a question Jul 2015
London, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
Hi, Do you have clothes washing facilities? thanks
Answer from ae4650t
Bonita Springs, Florida215 contributions88 helpful votes
Their contact info is: Island Sunset Resort P.O. Box 27 Margaree Harbour Nova Scotia, Canada B0E 2B0 Phone: (902)-235-2669 Toll Free: (866)-515-2900
Jamparkd24 wrote a tip Aug 2022
Jersey Shore, New Jersey11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Request an ocean view cottage"
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Kathy K wrote a tip Aug 2019
Plainwell, Michigan146 contributions66 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All cottages offer great views!"
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R.R. Smith wrote a tip Jul 2019
Palm City, Florida5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a cottage with water views or the partial water and mountain views."
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FlaHomeGrl wrote a tip Jul 2018
Florida268 contributions31 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dated duplexes on a grassy hillside by the sea. View to the west, marred by a massive breakwater. Bistro for beer & wine."
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marjorytorbruad wrote a tip Aug 2017
Inverurie, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book dinner as soon as you arrive as the restaurant was very popular with local people."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Island Sunset Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Island Sunset Resort?
Nearby attractions include Gallery La Bella Mona Lisa (7.5 km), Larch Wood Outlet (1.7 km), and Margaree Harbour Craft & Gift Shop (3.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Island Sunset Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Island Sunset Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Island Sunset Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Island Sunset Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Island Sunset Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Island Sunset Restaurant, Woodroad, and Belle View.
Are pets allowed at Island Sunset Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Island Sunset Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Island Sunset Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.