In a remote spot off Vancouver Island in British Columbia, surrounded by rain forest, mountains, and beaches, the Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat first opened in 1998 as an overnight floating lodge experience; since then, it has grown into a luxury tent retreat. While the camp has a rugged outpost atmosphere, with huge stone fireplaces and a long wooden cookhouse, it’s an outpost with every possible luxury: from white linen tablecloths and polished silverware to soft comforters and high-thread-count bedding. There are two different kinds of luxury tent experience on offer. The original deluxe tents are built on raised platforms a little way from the main camp, and these enjoy comforts such as cozy Adirondack-style beds, wood-burning stoves, and antique furniture. The prospector-style luxury tents take it up another level, with in-floor heating and en suite bathrooms that have an indoor/outdoor shower. Guests book in for all-inclusive adventures that last three, five, or seven nights and include options for activities ranging from whale-watching to clay pigeon shooting.
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Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat lives up to its name: not accessible by road, guests must arrive via boat from Tofino or seaplane from Vancouver. Backing onto Strathcona Provincial Park, one of the largest pristine wildernesses in British Columbia, the camp is at the mouth of a nine-mile fjord that leads to the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by unspoiled rain forest, soaring snow-capped mountains, and stunning beaches. The activities on offer include horseback riding, watching whales or black bears, clay pigeon shooting, and paintball in the forest. The signature camp adventure is a trip to Flores Island to experience the world-renowned Wild Side First Nations Interpretive Trail, which includes a gourmet seaside picnic, the chance to see whales, a 12-kilometer hike through cedar boardwalks and old-growth forest trails, and a visit to Nuu-Chah-Nulth Village, site of the Ahousaht First Nations.
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Rooms: Eight deluxe tents, 12 en-suite tents; from $4,230 for three nights all-inclusive. Check-in: 3:30 p.m.; check-out: 3:30 p.m. Dining options: All meals and drinks are included. On the menu: gourmet Cascadian coastal cuisine made with local products sourced directly from farmers and producers. Multi-course dinners come with sommelier-picked wine pairings. Cocktails are available at the daily happy hour. Spa and gym details: There's a spa looking out on the water, a wood-fired sauna, and a gym overlooking the estuary. Guests can also enjoy a guided run on the trails.
Who's it for: Couples seeking an intimate wilderness retreat; families and groups might prefer the lively months of July and August. Our favorite rooms: The deluxe tents are set on the far side of the camp with sweeping views over the mountains. The luxury en-suite tents look out over the water. Stargazing: Guests can watch the stars at night from the cedar hot tubs, which overlook the water and mountains.