Awards & Recognition

We are unconditionally committed to providing you, our guest, with the most memorable world-class experience, unequalled by any coastal Inn from Mexico to Alaska.

Relais & Châteaux

Just one-and-a-half short years after opening, the Inn was named as a Relais & Châteaux property. The designation honours the Inn as one of just over 580 hotels and restaurants in 65 countries throughout the world which uphold the Relais & Châteaux quality charter. Our designation was unusual, occurring well ahead of the required three-year operation period for consideration.

Since then, our owner & Maître de Maison Charles McDiarmid was recognized with the Passion Trophy, presented to owners of Relais & Châteaux properties who, with exceptional personal commitment and creative vision, have transformed guest stays into cherished memories.

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Immaculate Cleanliness

Achieving the highest levels of cleanliness is included in our standard of service at the Inn. We take every measure daily to keep our rooms, facilities and amenities refreshed, renewed and sanitized at all times.

AAA Best of Housekeeping Award

  • Surpassing Expectations
  • A 2021 AAA Inspector’s Best Of Housekeeping Hotel

BC Hotel Association Housekeeping Award

  • Highest Standards of Excellence

A Pre-eminent Establishment

We are proud to create exceptional experiences for our guests. We are continuously rewarded by the positive feedback we hear from you, and are honoured to have received formal recognition for our service, ambience and location.

Condé Nast Traveler (North America):

Travel + Leisure:

  • #5 Favorite Resorts in Canada (World's Best Awards 2023)
  • A Top 100 Hotel in the World in 2021
  • Hall of Fame recognition for ranking high on the World’s Best Awards list for over 13 years running

AAA - Four Diamond Property:

  • Upscale style and amenities with the right touch of service.

Forbes Travel Guide Global:

  • Four-Star Rating

Condé Nast Johansens:

  • Most Excellent Lodge
  • Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway

Andrew Harper's Hideaway:

  • Grand Award Winner in this "connoisseurs' worldwide guide to peaceful and unspoiled places”
  • Top 20 International Hideaways (fourth overall, only Canadian winner)

Condé Nast Traveller (International Edition):

The Times UK's 2022: Best Hotel in British Columbia

Business Examiner: 2023 Vancouver Island Business Excellence Award Winner

The Pointe Restaurant
The Pointe Restaurant at mid day

Exceptional Amenities

Winning “top” destination awards encompasses our excellent facilities and offerings that go beyond what guests anticipate. However, our amenities are so highly regarded, they have been awarded recognition in and of themselves.

Condé Nast Traveler (North America):

  • Best for Leisure Facilities (Condé Nast Readers’ Travel Awards)
  • Top “Year-round Resort Spa in Canada”
  • Best by Design in the Americas (with the talented team at BBA Design Consultants Inc. in Vancouver, who helped transform our vision into a relaxing getaway destination for many)

Travel + Leisure:

  • #1 Hotel Spa in the Continental U.S. and Canada (Ancient Cedars Spa)
  • Best Hotel Spa Overall—worldwide (Ancient Cedars Spa)

Forbes Travel Guide Global:

  • Four-Star Rating for Ancient Cedars Spa

Condé Nast Johansens:

  • Most Excellent Spa Hotel in the United States and Canada

Wine Spectator:

  • Best of Award of Excellence for The Pointe Restaurant

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards:

  • Gold standing in the "Best Vancouver Island" category as a culinary destination (eight years standing)

Condé Nast Traveller (International Edition):

  • Top Canadian Hotel for leisure facilities
Beach access from the Inn
Beach Access from the Pointe Building


Surrounded by nature, it’s easy to see why we’ve been inspired to include environmentally responsible methods within our daily operations and offerings for our guests. We track our progress and pursue certifications that hold us accountable for our actions. Read more about our sustainability certifications here.

Condé Nast Johansens:

  • Most Excellent Eco-Resort

Relais & Châteaux Sustainability Trophy:

  • Promoting social and environmental responsibility

A Word About Online Reviews

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