Recently, Robyn and I had the opportunity to stay at the Painted Boat Lodge for the weekend. It was a great little romantic getaway for us and totally unexpected too.
Painted Boat Resort and Spa
Painted Boat Resort and Spa is located on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia in Madeira Park, a short jump from Pender Harbour. With a short ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay and roughly a 50 minute drive up along the coast it is a great little getaway destination from the busyness of the Vancouver area.
Painted Boat offers not only the ability to book one of 31 luxurious vacation villas but also offer the opportunity to own one of them (partial or full) as well. With a large selection of amenities on the property it can easily become a home away from home.
They have their own marina with enough room for about 60 boats, a full-service restaurant with conference and wedding facilities, outdoor hot tub and infinity pool, fitness centre that over looks their harbour view as well as a full-service spa.
Valentine’s Weekend Getaway
Robyn and I have previously stayed at the Painted Boat Resort a few years ago as we attended a wedding nearby. We fell in love with the property when we first stayed there and thought it would be great to return one day. Well that day came up recently during a contest that the Painted Boat Resort had during Valentine’s day.
On Facebook, they were offering a chance for a couple to win a romantic getaway packaged called the ‘Love Boat‘. I did not think I would have won, but I found out the day after Valentine’s day through my little sister that I had won! There were about 160 entries in their contest and I was quite excited to win. It would also be a great surprise for Robyn too! At first I thought it was just a 2-night accommodation which we were perfectly happy with, but as we arrived we found out it was a bit more than that. I should have re-read the contest as I somehow missed the “Love Boat Package” portion.
So what does their ‘Love Boat’ package entail? Well, here is what we arrived to late on the Friday night:
- Sparkling wine for two
- Fresh fruit basket
- Chocolates from a local chocolatier
- Fresh ingredents to make a romantic breakfast each morning
- A couples massage with a bento lunch at their spa
After catching a late ferry from Horseshoe Bay and managed to arrive at about 9:10PM to which we were happily welcomed from their office staff. We were given the keys to villa #15 which was 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with loft. Very spacious. When we opened the door to the villa we were welcomed with music softly playing, the fire place flickering away and a trail of rose petals to the main bedroom. The ensuite bathroom was adorned with candles inviting us to have a romantic tub in their soaker tub for two. They even supplied bath bombs! There was sparkling wine chilled on the counter top for us as well as a greeting card from the staff. We were totally blown away!
The villa it self was quite spacious. With 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with the loft there is a lot of room for a few friends too. Granted, this was just a romantic getaway for Robyn and I and it was perfect. We were totally pampered and we both really needed it. Okay, Robyn really needed to be pampered as she hasn’t really been enjoying her pregnancy. Either way, it was a great way to spend a weekend together. Romantic and Relaxing.
As I mentioned, this ‘Love Boat’ package also included a couples massage. Though, because Robyn is pregnant she required a prenatal massage. They were more than happy to accommodate Robyn and even though we could not be in the same room we both did enjoy our massages. I’ve never had a massage (I don’t count that Thai leg massage I had in Bangkok) but it was relaxing. Like one of the office girls said, we were marshmallows afterwards.
For my first experience in a Spa it was quite relaxing. We filled out our forms before being shown to where we would get into our robes and wait in the inner waiting room. They had a detox-water as well as some tea we could have while we waited for our registered massage therapists. I don’t know about the women’s change room but what surprised me about the men’s changing room they had shaving items. I’ve never seen that before but then again as I’ve mentioned I’ve never been to a spa.
They also have a secluded outdoor area. We didn’t partake in the outdoor pools but it was quiet and looked relaxing too.
Other Photos of the Property
Going to try something a bit new to me with my photos in a post. Instead of loading the 800 pix wide photos I’m going to see if I can make the little ones show up so you can just click on them to see them in a lightbox sort of style. Let me know if you like the little photos which expand to larger ones, or just seeing the larger ones.
We highly enjoyed our relaxing and romantic getaway with the Painted Boat Resort and Spa. We would recommend anyone travelling up the Sunshine Coast to stop and check in for a couple of nights. If you’re looking for a little getaway from the everyday, we would recommend doing the little trip like we did.
Disclaimer: I won this 2-night stay at the Painted Boat Resort and Spa via their Facebook page. I do also believe we had to book before the end of February (might have that wrong) so it was the off-season for the resort. The prize’s value is approximately worth $956 per couple. We still had to pay for ferry transportation etc. I was not paid to write this review but since we enjoyed our stay with Painted Boat Resort and Spa, I thought it would be nice for others to read about our experience with them!
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