With another phase of renovations completed, the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa is welcoming guests to stay in their redesigned Ocean Courtyard Wing.
The $2 million renovation was completed at the end of November, following the completion of the modernized spa change rooms in May and the newly landscaped Serenity Gardens featuring a stream flowing into a rock bed pond, miniature waterfalls, pathways and patio areas complete with Adirondack chairs and fire bowls.
The new wing holds 14 rooms with their own deck or patio space, designed to pay homage to the Island with an authentic west coast craftsman style. The 315 square foot rooms encourage relaxation with views of the Serenity Gardens in the courtyard and the ocean providing the perfect backdrop.
“The owner, Bill Brandes, has got this really great attention for the tiniest details,” said general manager, Aaron Greasley.
From the cedar shakes and hand-made nails to the custom, hand-made lighting fixtures, every detail was carefully considered to provide quality and the perfect overall experience for guests.
“If you saw what we had before, this is a vast improvement by a long shot,” said Greasley. “They did a great job, closed it down, got it gutted and got it down to the studs and foundation. We ran everything new – new electrical, new plumbing, new mechanical, new everything.”
Each room features custom wood built-ins and cabinetry, crafted locally by Cascadian Woodtech in Union Bay. The zen-inspired bathrooms have floor to ceiling white Carrara Italian tile and heated flooring extending into the curbless rainfall showers.
“[The owner has a vision that this is to be the Wickaninnish Inn of the East side of the island,” said Greasley, referring to Tofino’s five-star hotel and spa. “We want to be on par with all of those kinds of high-level resorts which means we have to elevate our brand.”
Greasley adds the building is “future proof” with the latest technology to make guests’ stays as easy and comfortable as possible. Each room has an electronic doorbell outside that guests can easily customize to show whether or not they want privacy or require daily room cleaning. In January, each room will also be equipped with Roxy, a speech-enabled device similar to a Google Home that will allow guests easy access to resort information and services.
“We’re trying to add all these little touches to elevate what we do,” said Greasley.
The next phase of the Kingfisher’s renovations will see the next wing completely remodeled and extended by 12 feet to provide bigger bedrooms and sitting areas. The reception area will also be redone.
The renovations will continue in October 2019, but until then, Greasley says they are excited to have people stay in their new rooms and enjoy what the resort and spa has to offer.
“For us to be able to have the next 10 months of nothing, we just get to operate and be a resort and be that calm, serenity, quiet place that people really like to come to.”
The Kingfisher has won a number of awards, including being named the 2018 Best Luxury Spa of the Year in British Columbia by the BC Hair & Beauty Awards.