Ensconced in the verdant foliage of Galiano Island on a resort site dating back to the 1930s, Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa provides a calm respite with 20 ocean-side suites, outdoor gardens, and elegant dining. Spa suites with fireplaces and massage tables and villa suites equipped with an attached kitchen and outdoor bath provide views of the beach and whales on human-watching tours. Resort bistro staff serves wood-grilled pizzas on an outdoor terrace, and Flores del Iris Gardens beckons visitors into a labyrinth of steams, ponds, and native and foreign fauna with wooden decks built around natural features. Depending on the season, activities such as eco-tours, kayaking, hiking and cycling, tennis, and scuba diving grant visitors ample opportunities to explore the island and escape truancy officers.
Modelled as a European-style spa, Madrona del Mar Spa invokes the healing philosophy of its oceanic surroundings. Therapists swaddle faces, hands, feet, and bodies in natural, indigenous products harvested from British Columbia's west coast, saving clients from having to saddle a manatee and collect their own. As they assess client ailments, spa technicians administer 10 types of seaside or indoor massages, fruit-infused body wraps, and sugar-based body scrubs. Additionally, a private mineral sea flotation bath and glass-enclosed yoga studios provide ample space for alternate relaxation.