Luxury Resort with Spa and Marina on Brentwood Bay
Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa sits right on the edge of the eponymous bay; the property has such expansive views of the water that Fodor's praised the setting as "magnificent.” But there's more to do at the resort than admire the surroundings. The Butchart Gardens are nearby, and right on the resort's 50-slip marina there’s an eco-center that hosts year-round charter cruises.
Inside the hotel, many of the guest rooms feature private balconies overlooking the bay, and all of the rooms have jetted soak tubs, fireplaces, and handcrafted wood furnishings. You can also unwind at the onsite Spa-Essence of Life, which incorporates essential oils, seaweed, and crushed grapes into invigorating massages and skin treatments.
At the hotel's Seagrille and Sushi Bar, chefs use fresh, local seafood and organic produce to craft seasonal dishes such as housemade ravioli, Pacific Rim sushi, and Alberta-raised filet mignon. In the Brentwood Pub, you can enjoy craft brews and wood-fired pizza next to a crackling fire and views of the marina.
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia: Secluded Seaside Town with Exotic Gardens just North of Victoria
Roughly 12 miles (20 km) 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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