-- Vancouver Island Hotel Earns #1 Spot for Second Straight Year --
TOFINO, British Columbia, July 7, 2015 /CNW/ -- The Wickaninnish Inn was ranked #1 on the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2015 list of Top Resorts in Canada, it was announced today.
The Wickaninnish Inn is located in Tofino, on Vancouver Island's rugged west coast. With the Pacific Ocean at its doorstep and an old growth temperate forest as a backdrop, the casually elegant 75-room Relais & Chateaux property is a top destination for discerning travelers, foodies, honeymooners, nature lovers, romance seekers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe. It offers easy access to surfing, kayaking, hiking, whale watching, wildlife viewing, stand up paddle boarding, and other pursuits in the Pacific Rim.
"We are thrilled to be ranked, once again, among the world's best by the readers of Travel + Leisure, said Charles McDiarmid, managing director. "We'll be celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2016, and this latest recognition will make the milestone even more special for us. I'm grateful to the many guests who have supported us all these years, and especially proud of our team, which is committed to providing exemplary service and genuine hospitality at every level."
The Wickaninnish Inn is also famous for its winter storm watching, an adventure conceived by the McDiarmid family prior to its actual construction. During storm watching season, from November through February, guests are provided all the appropriate rain gear so they can head out to the beach to witness the powerful 25-foot waves crashing against the shore.
"The Wickaninnish Inn was planned from the ground up with storm watching in mind," said McDiarmid. "I wanted our guests to have the same thrilling experience that I did growing up in Tofino, watching the great forces of nature at work. Here, a rainy day really is magical."
All rooms at the Wickaninnish Inn have floor to ceiling windows angled for a great view of the Pacific ocean, and The Pointe Restaurant offers 240 degree views of the scene along with a sound system that brings in the sound of the surf while diners enjoy the fresh, innovative, refined west coast cuisine of chef Warren Barr and his team.
The Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards rely on guest experiences. Hotel/resort rankings are based on readers' ratings of five characteristics: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. This year's results will be featured in the August 2015 issue of the magazine, as well as on www.travelandleisure.com.
The Wickaninnish Inn has consistently earned top spots in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards in addition to other notable accolades. These include a spot in the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame, and being named the #1 Resort in Canada by Conde Nast Traveler in 2014. In 2012, the Inn's Ancient Cedars Spa was voted the #1 Hotel Spa in the Continental U.S. and Canada, and Best Hotel Spa Overall (worldwide) in 2008.
About the Wickaninnish Inn: Perched on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino, the Wickaninnish Inn is a year-round destination exemplifying "rustic elegance on nature's edge." A member of Relais & Châteaux since 1997, the Inn is owned and managed by Tofino's McDiarmid family and is exclusively located on beautiful Chesterman Beach. For reservations or information, visit www.wickinn.com or call 800-333-4604.
For information about Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards, visit www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest.
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