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Poets Cove Resort – A Little Piece of Paradise

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‘How did this escape my awareness for so long?’ was the question asked as I stared out across the expanse of ocean as BC Ferries carried us closer to the Gulf islands off the coast of mainland Vancouver.  As a recent ex-pat of the East Coast, namely Ontario, knowledge of these types of unique areas of Canada are not so easily known or appreciated.

View from Ferry

View from Ferry

Excitement mounted as I glided by such places as Mayne, Galiano and then to my port of call, Pender Island.  South Pender, my true destination,  is one of two islands that make up the Penders.  Lush and remote are the hallmark of this little piece of Pacific paradise.  It was hard to believe that I was so close to the mainland.  The feeling of having landed in a different world pervaded and continues to do so after so many weeks.

Once docked at Otter Bay on Pender Island, it was then on to Poets Cove Resort and Spa. The interesting part of my journey was my complete lack of knowledge of where I would end up. There was no prior reference other than a 5 minute look at the resort website before leaving home.

The drive to Poets was wonderful. Winding roads, dense forests, hillside homes and farms kept me captivated as we made our way.  My biggest surprise was the large population of deer.  I was fascinated by their tame nature. Due to a lack of natural predators, their numbers go unchecked flourishing without fear.

Finally, my destination was reached. Poets was seen for the first time and I was in awe. It sat below our position from the top of the road. A drive down a steep incline took us to where it was nestled.

Wow!

I’ve not seen anything quite like this. The resort resides on the shore of Bedwell Harbour. Sparkling water, boats, seaplanes and picture perfect views immediately capture your attention.

Dusk at Poets Cove

Dusk at Poets Cove

The resort sits on 14 acres of South Pender Island. The main lodge has 22 rooms, restaurant, lounge, ballroom, spa and fitness centre. There are also 15 waterfront cottages, all with DVD- equipped home theatres and radiant heat tile floors, and nine “sea- view villas” set further back from the shore.

The aim of Poets is to attract wealthy, seasoned travellers looking for a unique and “environmentally sensational” vacation. While the primary market is in Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle and Alberta, the resort also caters to international travellers and boaters stopping by on their travels up the Inside Passage.

On the water, there’s a 110-slip marina with its own Canada Customs office and “marine centre” featuring a general store, activities centre and public swimming pool. Guests and residents have their own private pool located known as the ‘upper pool’.

 

Sussurus Spa is a highly featured amenity. A full range of services are offered, massages of every type, facials, manicure/pedicures, and the popular ‘steam cave’ are part of the luxurious experience.

Each day is magical and every evening’s sunset is beyond words. All you can do is sit and watch and feel gratitude for having found a little piece of heaven in the Pacific. Make a point of finding yourself here. It’s worth the effort.

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Author:  Pamela Sylvan

Breakfast with a view!

Breakfast with a view!

 

View from a Villa

View from a Villa

Taking shade from the midday sun

Taking shade from the midday sun

 

Sunset

Sunset

 

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