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Exterior of the Beach Club Resort In Vancouver

SmarterTravel Spotlight: Beach Club Resort, Vancouver Island Review

Vancouver Island is a popular tourist destination, whether it’s people living in Vancouver wanting to get away for the weekend or people from all over the world who want to experience all the island has to offer. During my stay, I stayed at the Beach Club Resort, and I have to say, I was impressed. From its stunning waterfront views to an on-site spa, it was everything I could want in a hotel and more. 

The Beach Club Resort is part of the Bellstar Resort family, which has seven resorts throughout western Canada. Built on the former site of the Island Hall Resort, which was built in 1917 and was a large contributor to the island’s history. The Beach Club Resort was built in 2008, and honors the history of the Island Hall Resort with a memorabilia wall. The resort continues to strive for excellence much like its predecessor did. 

Location: Parksville, British Columbia

Rathtrevor Beach with view of Snowcapped Mountain Ranges at low tide in Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Yaya Ernst | Adobe Stock

Located in Parksville, on the eastern side of Vancouver Island, The Beach Club Resort is across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver. It is about thirty minutes north of Nanaimo and a two-hour ferry ride from Vancouver. It is a convenient location for all of the attractions on the island’s eastern side. 

Property: The Beach Club Resort

The Beach Club Resort features many amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Amenities include: 

  • Heated indoor pool and hot tub. 
  • On-site spa.
  • On-site restaurant.
  • Fully equipped fitness center.
  • Beach access.
  • Boardwalk access.
  • Kayaks, bikes, metal detectors, and other outdoor amenities are included in your stay. 

Rooms: Whatever Size Your Party Needs

I stayed in a one-bedroom suite, and it was more than enough. It came complete with a full kitchen, balcony, one and a half bathrooms, and even a washer and dryer. I did a load of laundry the night before I left so I could come home with a suitcase of clean clothes—a perk you don’t have everywhere! The dryer will come in handy for drying bathing suits after swimming as well. I had a living room with a gas fireplace, perfect for warming up after a long day of outdoor activities in winter. 

Other rooms available are traditional studios, two-bedroom suites, and penthouses. Studios do not have kitchens or separate living spaces, so if you need that extra space, you should book a suite or penthouse. 

Dining: Restaurant and Lounge

Lunch, dinner, brunch served; ocean views

The on-site restaurant features fresh, locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. It partners with local businesses to give guests quality, fresh food. For breakfast, you’ll find a variety of egg dishes, oatmeal, toast, waffles, and more. The all-day menu includes everything from salads to steak dinners. If you have an earlier start, you probably should stock your suite kitchen with breakfast foods – the restaurant doesn’t open until 8 AM for breakfast. In-room dining is available. 

They now offer a Pour & Explore dinner series, which pairs wine or beer from local wineries and breweries with delicious local cuisine prepared at the restaurant. Set up on the outdoor patio on the waterfront, we had an amazing eight-course dinner paired with seven different wines. Courses included local goat cheese, Steelhead Mi-Cuit, and Oxtail—all expertly paired with complimentary wines. 

Price & How to Book

Prices start at $169 and can be booked on Expedia

FAQ Beach Club Resort

Booking and Rates:

  1. What are the nightly rates at the Beach Club Resort? At the time of publication, the lowest price available was $169 per night. 
  2. Does the Beach Club Resort offer any packages or deals? The Beach Club Resort offers a variety of packages, including Stay and Sip, which includes two free pints of local beer on tap, Stay & Spa, and Stay Romantic. 
  3. What is the check-in and check-out time at the Beach Club Resort? Check-in is  4:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. 

Amenities and Activities:

  1. Does the Beach Club Resort have a pool? The Beach Club resort has an indoor pool and hot tub for guests to enjoy during their stay. 
  2. What on-site dining options are available at the Beach Club Resort? One restaurant and lounge is on-site, serving food daily from 8 AM to 9 PM. 
  3. Are there any spa services available at the Beach Club Resort? The Beach Club Resort has an on-site spa; reservations are recommended, although walk-ins are welcome depending on availability. 
  4. Are pets allowed at the Beach Club Resort? Pets are not allowed at the Beach Club Resort. 
  5. Is there free Wi-Fi at Beach Club Resort? Yes, there is complimentary Wi-Fi. 

Location and Accessibility:

  1. How close is the Beach Club Resort to the beach? The Beach Club Resort is a beachfront location offering convenient access to Parksville Beach. There is a boardwalk for strolling along the beach and direct access to the beach all year round. 
  2. What is the nearest airport to the Beach Club Resort? Nanaimo airport is 39 minutes away and offers nonstop flights to Vancouver and Kelowna, British Columbia, and Calgary, Alberta. Comox airport is about an hour away and offers nonstop flights to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Puerto Vallarta. Qualicum Beach Airport is 15 minutes away and has flights to and from Vancouver, and has a shuttle service to the hotel. Guests also have the option to take a helicopter from Vancouver, and can reserve a spot on a shuttle from the Nanaimo Harbor Heliport.
  3. Does the Beach Club Resort offer parking for guests? Yes, there is underground parking available for guests, as well as EV charging stations.

Editor’s Note: The Beach Club Resort hosted the writer of this story.

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