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BC is filled with beautiful places that remind us to take a moment to just breathe. You can find them on the Gulf Islands , scattered throughout Tofino , and even hidden in Vancouver itself . And moments are always welcome — but let’s be real, sometimes you need a good few days. So, with your comfort in mind, here are five of the most stunning coastal retreats around BC. They're exclusive, they're romantic and they're sure to satisfy your love for both luxury and the great outdoors. Go on and take a long weekend. You deserve it.  

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Clayoquot Sound, Vancouver Island

The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a paradigm of modern beauty, blending chic sophistication with bohemian rusticity. Clayoquot’s one of a kind accommodation is its crowning jewel. The epitome of ‘glamping’, guests sleep in spacious tents with large beds, private showers, tea tables, rugs and oil lamps. Ziplining, rafting, and bear-watching are just a few adventures to try during the day. And the most extraordinary adventure at this retreat is undoubtedly Clayoquot’s Cloud Camp. The Cloud Camp takes guests via onsite helicopter 4500 ft up to Mount Lone Cone, where they may explore new hiking trails on the mountain, dine on meals provided by their own private chef, and enjoy a one-night stay in a tent above the clouds. Perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to live in a contemporary 'castle on a cloud'.

 

Rockwater Secret Cove Resort

Malaspina Strait, Sunshine Coast

The Rockwater Secret Cove Resort on the Malaspina Strait is a remote sanctuary with a tranquil vibe. This gorgeous Sunshine Coast retreat offers a choice of accommodation of the lodge, a cabin, or one of Rockwater’s signature tenthouse suites (picture hydrotherapy tubs, expansive verandas, and stunning views). If you’re the outdoorsy type then you're in for a treat - there's hiking, diving and mountain biking on offer. Alternatively, if you’re more interested in unwinding without much exertion, you can spend your getaway strolling round suspended walkways through the canopies, or really chill out with a cove-side massage. Because the majesty of British Columbia is best discovered in her wilderness...

 

Painted Boat Resort

Madeira Park, Sunshine Coast Painted Boat

 is another gem of the Sunshine Coast that combines coastal charm with contemporary elegance. Each of the retreat’s 31 villas contain soaker tubs, king-sized beds, private barbecues, and a breakfast bar. Painted Boat's' ‘The Restaurant’, overlooking the marina, offers causal coastal dining that is inspired by Pacific Rim-style, French-style, and Middle Eastern cuisine. Its spa offers a long and varied list of treatments, and its spa garden features flotation pools, a ‘massaging waterfall’, and a glacial rain shower. Holding true to BC standards, Painted Boat offers quality outdoor adventures and prides itself on being environmentally-friendly.

 

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Ucluelet, Vancouver Island Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

 might just be the most Instagrammable pick of the list. This retreat was designed to compliment the wilderness it inhabits, with architecture and décor that shows both a love for luxury and a lust for life. Black Rock’s suites provide California Kings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and high speed internet and cable. Not that you’ll be spending much time in front of a screen. Between artisan dining, Black Rock’s ‘Drift’ spa, and of course, luxuriating by the water, your schedule will be jam-packed with, well, relaxing activities. Another bonus? Black Rock is pet friendly — so if you’re travelling to relax, why not make it that much better by bringing along the furry creature you love?

 

Sonora Resort

The Discovery Islands

When it comes to coastal retreats, the Sonora Resort is arguably BC’s best-kept secret. Accessible only by water taxi or seaplane, it stands like a palace on the water’s edge. And Sonora’s palatial qualities aren’t limited to its first-class dining, nor not even to its spacious suites and private villas. Complete with fly-fishing ponds, mineral pools, a tennis court, roof top hot tubs, and many more lavish amenities, the Sonora is a coastal retreat ideal for the dreamer and the adventurer alike. Better still, it features both places and policies that are eco-friendly and that celebrate BC’s First Nations heritage. Classy, all around.

Looking for more stunning Canadian gems? Check out the best of Tofino and Whistler .