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“Romantic and Rejuvinating!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tigh-Na-Mara Resort
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Parksville
Sechelt, Canada
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4 reviews
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“Romantic and Rejuvinating!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

My husband and I just spent 4 romantic nights at Tigh-na-Mara and we loved it! The staff and services for both the resort and the spa exceeded my expectations.
We stayed in the Spa bungalow suites for the first 2 nights and then moved to the deluxe ocean view suites the last 2 nights to have a taste of both. The staff were very accommodating with my requests.The rooms were beautiful warm and inviting. They even allowed us to have early access to both.
We booked a variety of spa treatments for the first 3 days, beginning with the couples romance package on arrival, which included the copper tub for 2 and couples full body massage. My husband and I are not accustomed to spa treatments but the staff were professional and friendly, we were treated like stars, the spa facility is wonderful, well maintained and with lots of extra touches to make you feel pampered., I booked my husband for a 90 min session with Adam - their Registered Massage Therapist. For the first time in over 10 years my husband has full range of motion in both his shoulders. Adam you are a miracle worker!
At this time of year there were mainly adults which made for a quiet and restful time and I would most definitely recommend this resort for couples and friends. Though families would certainly be welcome.
The Cedar Lounge's menu was somewhat limited but the food was very good and the wine list was excellent. Parksville has a good selection of restaurants very close by as well. Having a small but very functional kitchen in our rooms was very handy also.
We were very pleased with our visit and are recommending Tigh-Na-Mara to everyone. My husband and I are already planning our next escape to our home by the sea. Thank you to everyone for making our visit such a special time.

Room Tip: Deluxe view suites are fabulous, cathedral ceilings, full kitchen, jacuzzi, king bed, fireplace, she...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TraceeinBC
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Houtby, Director of Sales at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, responded to this review, 6 October 2011
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments!

It's wonderful you and your husband were able to experience so much of what our Resort has to offer. Changing guestrooms part was through your stay was a great way to decide what room type you would like on a return visit. It sounds like the oceanview suites were your favourite!

The Grotto Spa - especially with the Couple Suite is a fantastic way to kick off a romantic stay. We are so glad to hear your husband has regained some flexibility in his shoulders after the couples massage - Adam is definitely a miracle worker!! I will pass along your kind comment to him.

A tip for next time: The Copper Lounge menu is designed with lighter appetizer fare, however you are welcome to order from the main Cedar Room menu and enjoy your meal in the Copper Lounge.

Thank you again for your comments. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Resort again very soon.

Cheers,

Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, CMP CMM
Director of Sales & Marketing
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2011

We came here for one night after playing golf, thanks to a special offer from Travelzoo. The room was small but comfortable, with a welcome fireplace on a cool September night. Unfortunately, after being promised level entry (when reserving and at check-in), we had a room at the bottom of a flight of stairs.

The restaurant was excellent until I ordered dessert then, suddenly, the waiter vanished and the dessert was nowhere to be seen. When I tracked him down 15 minutes later, he said the kitchen was overburdened (apparently by a corporate group – the dining room was almost empty). It was a bad ending to an otherwise pleasant meal.

Then the phone rang after we'd gone to bed, offering a free dessert: no thanks.

Next morning, we discovered that the coffee-maker is hidden in a cupboard: needed a flashlight to prepare the brew.

Overall, a fine place, but in need of some enhanced management attention to get the details right.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PeterGrant76
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Houtby, Director of Sales at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, responded to this review, 6 October 2011
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments.

On behalf of our Cedar Room team, please accept my personal apology for the disappointing end to your meal. Every guest is important to us and there is no reason for an in house group to affect your ability to enjoy dessert.

In terms of the access level - I suspect there may have been a miscommunication with first floor vs access level. Our team should have done a better job of clarifying as our oceanview units are built on a hill, the access level is actually level 2.

Thank you again for your comments. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Cheers,

Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, CMP CMM
Director of Sales & Marketing
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
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Vancouver, Canada
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365 reviews
65 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2011

If you are traveling with your dog, this is a great place to stay. Dogs are only allowed in the cottages, and even though the ocean front rooms are nicer and have great views, you can't beat the cottages for your furry friend. You are right next to Rathtrevor park with great beaches and trails to walk your dog and you can safely leave your pet in the cottage while you have dinner in the resort's restaurant. You will love this place and your dog will be in heaven!

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Victoria, Canada
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36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2011

One of our favourite getaway resorts here on the island. Fabulous views of Rathtrevor Beach from every condo on the oceanfront.
Super spa, pool, restaurant and cozy, large rooms with gas fireplace and ours had a jetted tub.

Room Tip: Ask for a condo on the third floor. We made the mistake of having a ground floor condo one time and...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

Our stay at Tigh-Na-Mara at Parksville was the highlight of the Vancouver Island trip.
We stayed at one bed room spa bungalow suite and complementary pass to the Grotto Spa mineral pool was a real bonus for us.
Three kids age 13, 11 and 5 stayed in the bed room with two queen size beds and my husband and I slept in the living room with Murphy bed. The Murphy bed was surprisingly comfortable.
Kitchen was well equipped, spacious and clean.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kasin
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Vancouver, Canada
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188 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

We treated ourselves to a spa retreat at Tigh-Na-Mara through a deal on Travelzoo, and would gladly return again in the future.

Our room was huge yet cozy, with a stunning view of the bay outside the hotel. The bay is so shallow that it almost completely disappears at low tide. We woke up every morning and ran down to the beach to walk along the endless sand. The kitchen was incredibly well-appointed, including everything you could possibly require to cook numerous gourmet meals.

There is a lot to do and explore around the resort. We made our way to Qualicum Bay to get some scallops that we cooked over a fire on the resort's beach.Tigh-Na-Mara has set up several outdoor cooking areas on the beach. That was an amazing meal. We also borrowed mountain bikes from the resort to explore nearby Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

The biggest treat of all was spending time in Tigh-Na-Mara's Grotto Spa, enjoying a massage, a dip in the mineral pool, and a multi course meal in the spa's Treetop Tapas & Grill, where everyone wears bathrobes while they eat. It was decadent, but truly relaxing.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bocadey
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Houtby, Director of Sales at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, responded to this review, 6 October 2011
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments.

We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Cheers,

Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, CMP CMM
Director of Sales & Marketing
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
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Vernon, British Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

We actually regret not taking a few days to stay at this cozy resort. I called blindly from Port Alberni looking for a bed for the night. I was offered an excellant rate and a couple hours later arrived to much more then I expected! Our room was a grotto spa suite, a log cabin split into three suites. It had a huge jacuzzi and a fireplace. The bed was very nice. There is a kitchen.

The lounge was very relaxing and cozy, we could cuddle up on a couch and enjoy a cocktail.

We had such a short stay, we are going back next year to really take it in.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JenniferAnneMakar
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Houtby, Director of Sales at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, responded to this review, 13 September 2011
Thanks so much for sharing your comments with other Trip Advisor Readers.

We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time with us - see you next fall!

Kind Regards,

Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, CMP CMM
Director of Sales & Marketing
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resport
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Property: Tigh-Na-Mara Resort
Address: 1155 Resort Dr, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2E3, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Parksville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Parksville
#4 Spa Hotel in Parksville
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Parksville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tigh-Na-Mara Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 192
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort is located in 22 acres of forest beside the ocean. The Resort features unique log-style accommodation units, gas fireplace and kitchenette in every guestroom as well as three on-site restaurants, a full service spa, indoor pool and fitness centre. Every stay at Tigh-Na-Mara includes complimentary parking, complimentary wireless internet and complimentary local and calling card calls. The Resort also offers direct beach access and six golf courses nearby. ... more   less 
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