Posted on March 2, 2011
Oceanside Opulence At Black Rock Resort
Staying at Black Rock Resort on Vancouver Island’s west coast.
While many may head north when greeted by the Highway 4 junction, turning the wheels south instead will find you at one of Vancouver Island’s most elegant and breathtaking resorts on the West Coast. The views aren’t too shabby either.
My partner in crime and I made our way into Ucluelet just a few hours before sunset and found ourselves at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. Aptly named for the jagged shore it’s perched on, visitors to Black Rock are instantly greeted by a sky-high lobby and warm smiles.
No guest suite at Black Rock is without the natural beauty that creates the uniqueness that surrounds Ucluelet. Featuring either ocean or forest views, each room is flooded with natural light.
At over 700 square feet, our one-bedroom suite included a comfortable living room with big screen TV, dining area and a fully-stocked kitchen with more than just coffee and wine. Including dishes, cooking utensils, a dishwasher, fridge and oven, preparing a feast-pour-deux was a task made simple.
Luxury in our bathroom was not at all overlooked. We were treated to a rain shower, heated tile flooring and an enormous soaker tub that I couldn’t resist test-driving at least once.
Accommodation away from home is really about one thing: sleep. The king-sized platform bed with lavish sheets certainly lent to blissful slumbering for us both, enhanced only by the lullaby of crashing waves right outside our window.
However, the undisputed gem in the crown of our room was the sweeping terrace with an unending view of the horizon. Quite possibly larger than my apartment, it was the perfect place to take in the first sunset I’d seen in Ucluelet in more than a decade with a glass of red wine and a few cuddles.
With some sunlight to spare, we had time to explore the property around Black Rock on our first day there. Conveniently situated on the Wild Pacific Trail, guests of the Black Rock are steps away from world famous panoramas and a seascape that will take your breath away.
The rays of a West Coast sunset are nothing short of inspiring.
Quickly apparent to me was the fact that one could spend their entire retreat at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort without the need to leave the property at all. Fetch is the resort’s acclaimed restaurant with its impressive wine selection, locally sourced seafood and sustainable dishes. Serving up incredible creations from Executive Chef Andrew Springett and his team, Fetch is simply a culinary delight and filled my tummy with one of the best eggs Benny breakfasts I’ve had in a long while.
With its wave-inspired bar, Float – the adjacent lounge – was where we found ourselves each evening. Shaking up tasty cocktails, brewing unbelievable coffee and dishing out delicious desserts and appetizers, Float was the perfect way to end each day. Our server, Julie, was attentive and full of fun.
While most of our time in Ucluelet was spent beachcombing, relaxing and getting drenched in liquid sunshine, Black Rock also offers up indoor facilities for its guests. With a complete fitness centre, luxe spa facilities at Drift (I hear their massages are to die for!) and a toasty hot tub, it’s impossible to escape the paradise that Black Rock creates.
Part of staying grounded in the everyday is taking time to recharge. With hectic work schedules and a lot on the go all the time, Black Rock provided the most incredible getaway for both of us. With storm season at its peak, now would be the ideal time to experience it for yourself.
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is located at 596 Marine Drive in Ucleluet. You can contact the resort at 1-877-762-5011 or by e-mail. You can also find Black Rock Oceanfront Resort on Facebook or follow their updates on Twitter.