Hotel at a Glance: Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa has a location so beautiful it might make you gasp on sight. It’s tucked into forested cliffs on one side and its namesake bay on the other. The property has such expansive views of the water that Fodor’s praised the setting as “magnificent.” Inside, you’ll find elegant rooms, a luxurious spa, and several fine dining options. Select options of this getaway come with a daily $25 credit you can use toward food and drink or spa services.
- Private balconies or patios outside many guest rooms overlook the bay; all rooms have jetted tubs, fireplaces, and handcrafted wood furnishings.
- Fine dining: In the Dining Room, chefs use fresh, local seafood and organic produce to craft seasonal dishes such as wild sockeye salmon, sushi, and cider-glazed duck breast.
- Onsite pub: Enjoy craft brews and wood-fired flatbreads next to a crackling fire and views of the marina.
- Unwind at the Brentwood Bay Spa, which incorporates essential oils, seaweed, and crushed grapes into invigorating massages and skin treatments.
- Charter a cruise from the resort’s marina and sail to activities like wilderness hiking.
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia: Secluded Seaside Town with Exotic Gardens just North of Victoria
Roughly 12 miles north of Victoria, the small town of Brentwood Bay occupies a quiet stretch of coast that curls around Saanich Inlet on Vancouver Island. The seaside locale means you have access to a range of activities on the water, including kayaking, eco-cruising and scuba diving. British Columbia’s waters are also home to orca whales; you can sometimes spot them while canoeing and kayaking in the bay.
Farther inland, the most popular attraction is the 55-acre The Butchart Gardens, which flourish year-round with more than a million flowers and ancient trees. And at the nearby Victoria Butterfly Gardens, you can see koi fish, flamingos, and thousands of colorful butterflies.
Drive about 30 minutes south to find Victoria, which is known as the City of Gardens for its abundant greenery. As British Columbia’s capital and one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria is rife with culture and history; downtown, you’ll find more than a dozen art galleries, intimate teahouses, centuries-old churches, and museums.
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