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Posted March 9, 2017 by Natasha Lees in Blogs
 
 

Sand, Surf and Fun in the Sun: Introducing The Beach Club Resort in Parksville

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Located on Vancouver Island’s breathtaking east coast and directly on Parksville Beach, The Beach Club Resort offers one of the most luxurious family-friendly stays in Parksville, British Columbia. This charming hotel and resort has an array of thoughtful amenities and services such as the Pacific Prime Restaurant and Lounge, the Stonewater Spa, a seaside indoor pool and hot tub, and fitness facilities.

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Guests can choose to stay in a studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and penthouse suites. The 100% smoke-free guest suites are decorated with tasteful West Coast decor. The chic private balconies offer that Caribbean resort type of feeling. All guest rooms feature stunning ocean, city or mountain views, as well as a cosy beach theme and warm hues. The ocean view guest rooms provide beautiful views of nearby islands, the coastal mountains, the Strait of Georgia, Parksville Bay and its famous boardwalk. Mountain view rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of Mount Arrowsmith and the Vancouver Island mountains.

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Families and groups travelling together will appreciate the one and two-bedroom suites that come fully equipped with a stocked kitchen, appliances, and a microwave. Rooms also have deep soaker tubs, gas fireplaces, DVD players, free Wi-Fi and much more. The resort also offers complimentary underground parking for all guests.

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 If you don’t feel like cooking your own meals, you can always order meals from the room service menu, dine in the Pacific Prime Restaurant, which boasts one of the best beachfront patios, or dine at other nearby popular restaurants such as Smoke N’ Water. There is also a valet service, a concierge service and a 24-hour front desk team that can assist you with any questions during your stay.

Three Highlights that Make this Hotel Unique:

  • Guest rooms are conveniently stocked with everything you need to enjoy a relaxing vacation at the beach. Included are amenities such as washers, dryers, gas fireplaces, DVD players, ovens, dishwasher, deep soaker tubs, and refrigerators.
  • The property is 100% smoke-free and offers environmental programs such as ‘Soap for Hope’, which reprocesses used soap from hotel rooms and gives soap to those in need.
  • The hotel has a stunning beachfront location on Parksville Bay, just off the Island Highway.

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Our Beach Escape

We had such a lovely time at The Beach Club Resort. We were well taken care of from the moment we arrived until the moment we left to return to Vancouver. The front desk team was professional and friendly and they also recommended places to visit while we were in Parksville. I liked the fact that when you requested some more dishwashing detergent and Tide that the front desk staff would bring it up themselves. Now that’s hospitality!

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When we stepped into our room and saw the stunning view, we were extremely excited. Our son, 3, loved standing on the windowsill and peering out at the seagulls and beach. We were very happy with the room and its convenient amenities. Having a fully stocked kitchen was perfect for us so that we could save some money on food and cook our own meals. The General Manager, Arthur Wong, provided us with a complimentary bottle of Stone Road red wine, which was a delightful surprise. We had a one-bedroom suite with a king size bed, a private balcony, gigantic bathroom with a shower and a deep tub.

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There was another bathroom near the main entrance, mirrored closets, a full kitchen, and a microwave. I especially liked the beach theme and the paintings on the walls. The gas fireplace definitely came in handy when it was very cold outside and after we took long walks on the beach. We didn’t sit out on the balcony that much as it was still the beginning of March and chilly, but the sun would shine into the living room, offering natural light and an extra source of heat.

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We went to the pool once, which has a wonderful view of the beach, mountains, and ocean. I enjoyed some relaxing hot tub time while my husband and son splashed around in the pool. There are towels provided in the change rooms, which saves you from having to bring your hotel room towels down. We didn’t get to try the Pacific Prime Restaurant on the property, but we did hear many good things about it, its Executive Chef Rick Davidson, and its West Coast style cuisine. We popped into the on-site Stonewater Spa to see what type of treatments they provide. The spa provides a variety of treatments, from facials and couples massages to body wraps and manicures.

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Location, Location, Location

This hotel and resort has a dreamy location and is close to everything, including golf courses and plenty of attractions. The Beach Club Resort is close to everything you need, including a colourful playground and spray waterpark at the Parksville Community Park.

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There are many affordable restaurants in the area that are best suited for families with young kids. Some to mention are Smitty’s, The Farmhouse Cafe and Smoke N’ Water where you can listen to live music and dance the night away. In the local neighbourhood, you have your usual places like Mcdonald’s, Starbucks, dollar stores, and Subway within a five-minute drive from the resort.

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There are many trails and parks in the area and always something to do and see. Next time we visit, we will check out the Horne Lake Caves, voted, “Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC” by Canada Attractions. We did get to Qualicum Beach, which was breathtaking. We did a lot of digging with our son there and found some colourful rocks.

We also stopped by the Old Country Market in Coombs, which was interesting! During the warmer months, you can see goats prance around on the roof of the market! We spent most of our days on Parksville Bay Beach chasing seagulls, picking up shells and looking for crabs. Having a stunning beachfront location like this one provides guests with a truly relaxing escape from busy city life!

In a Nutshell

We are extremely happy with our stay at The Beach Club Resort and we will definitely return during the warmer summer months. I recommend this hotel for families that really need a break away at the beach. The suite was perfect for our little family and offered all the comforts of a ‘home away from home.’ It was exactly what we needed!

Where:

 181 Beachside Dr, Parksville, BC V9P 2H5

Tel: (250) 248-8999

By Natasha Lees, Freelance Travel Writer

*A special thank you to Ian Thorley of Bellstar Hotels and to the General Manager, Arthur Wong for making this visit possible.*


Natasha Lees

 
Natasha Lees
Natasha Lees is a dedicated and professional travel copywriter with over 16 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. Some of her past and current roles include the New York Times travel channel on About.com, Trivago, Sunwing Vacation Group, WeddingVacations.com, Mastercard Caribbean, Princess Cruises, CanadaTravels.com, Escapes.ca and a variety of other worldwide travel media resources.