Affordable Luxury in the Wild: Top 7 British Columbia Resorts 

Last updated February 2, 2024

From raw coastal wilderness and magical old-growth rainforests to breathtaking mountain ranges, British Columbia is full of diverse natural landscapes that will both inspire and engerize, complemented by the luxurious retreats of British Columbia resorts.

Experience the transformative power of nature in every corner of this province. No matter what part you choose to visit, you’re guaranteed to leave feeling relaxed, rested and rejuvenated. 

Seven Affordable British Columbia Resorts

For the ultimate wellness vacation, here are the top seven resorts in British Columbia that should be on your bucket list.

1. Wickaninnish Inn

On the rocky shores of Vancouver Island’s wild west coast, nestled within the wind-swept pines is the Wickaninnish Inn—a rustic resort with a cozy, luxurious atmosphere and unbelievable views of the Pacific Ocean.

With relaxing yoga classes, rejuvenating spa treatments and the transformative power of the ocean, this is the ultimate space to restore your mind, body and spirit.

Just a few steps away from the Inn is Chesterman Beach. Explore this beautiful, rugged beach, breathe in the fresh ocean air and feel your senses come alive. Grab your surfboard and experience the ocean like never before or enjoy a tranquil evening on the beach admiring the picturesque sunset.

The Inn boasts comfortable and luxurious suites with stunning views of the surrounding nature. When you’re craving something delicious, get a taste of the west coast at the Pointe Restaurant, where local and sustainable ingredients make for fresh and flavorful dishes.

Experience the magic of British Columbia’s west coast for yourself with a stay at the Wickaninnish Inn resort. You won’t regret it!

Price: from approximately $90 per night

2. Villa Eyrie Resort

Perched on top of Malahat Mountain, South Vancouver Island, Villa Eyrie Resort is a tranquil and luxurious resort with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and the Saanich Inlet.

Whether you’re looking for a cleansing facial treatment or a relaxing full-body massage, the spa offers therapeutic experiences that will leave you feeling restored and rejuvenated.

The resort is only a 25-minute drive from British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, which means you can explore the excitement and charm of the city and retreat to nature for a relaxing evening.

Villa Eyrie’s award-winning Alpina restaurant offers authentic European cuisine and a panoramic mountain view. The rooms feature a tasteful blend of Italian architecture and contemporary interiors. And the incredible views will make you feel on top of the world!

Price: from approximately $172 per night

3. Nita Lake Lodge

Nita Lake Lodge is located just an hour and half from Vancouver in the ski resort town of Whistler. Surrounded by old-growth forests, beautiful Nita lake and scenic mountains, you’ll feel totally immersed in nature, but close to all the adventure Whistler has to offer.

Treat yourself to soothing spa treatments at the award-winning spa. Guests can also relax in the rooftop hot tub and revel in the breathtaking mountain scenery. 

World-class skiing and snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb Resort are just moments away. There are also plenty of hiking trails and beginner biking trails nearby, so you’ll never get bored!

With luxurious and spacious suites equipped with cozy gas fireplaces, Nita Lake Lodge has everything you need to relax after a long day on the mountain. 

Visit Nita Lake Lodge for a magical alpine experience.

Price: from approximately $164 per night

4. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Located in the beautiful Cariboo region, embrace the beauty, power and vastness of the Canadian wilderness at the all-inclusive Echo Valley Ranch & Spa. 

Nearby the ranch is Fraser Canyon, where grassy benchlands, deep gorges and the raging Fraser River make for a breathtaking view. If you’re looking for an authentic ranch experience, explore the local landscape on horseback and experience nature like never before. 

Restore your inner wellness warrior with a gentle yoga session, a traditional Thai massage or a soothing mud bath. Accommodation varies from spacious lodge rooms to rustic log cabins.

This British Columbia resort also offers a farm-to-table dining experience, made from locally sourced ingredients, most of which come right from the ranch.

Price: all-inclusive experience starts at $629 per night

5. Gowlland Harbour Resort

Experience the magic and tranquility of British Columbia’s beautiful Quadra Island at Gowlland Harbour Resort. The resort’s boutique hotel rooms sit on 20 acres of serene coastal wilderness, making it the perfect place to find inner peace and balance. Bask in the peaceful, natural beauty of Quadra Island and let your worries wash away with the waves.

Feed your adventurous side by exploring the local waters on an invigorating kayak trip, or get a glimpse of the magnificent marine life on an unforgettable whale-watching tour. 

Price: from approximately $116 per night

6. Halcyon Hot Springs Resort

Looking for something extra special? Restore your mind and body at the healing hot springs of Halcyon Hot Springs Resort. Revered as medicine by local indigenous peoples for centuries, the hot springs contain a unique composition of sodium, magnesium, calcium, strontium and lithium. Come and experience the therapeutic power of these ancient hot springs for yourself.

The British Columbia resort offers a variety of accommodation options, from luxurious cabins to family-style cottages to exquisite loft chalets. Whatever your needs, Halcyon Hot Springs Resort will have a room just for you.

During your stay, you’ll have a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and Upper Arrow Lake. At Halcyon Hot Springs Resort, you can experience relaxation and rejuvenation at its fullest.

Price: from approximately $168 per night

7. Emerald Lake Lodge

Resting on the shores of Emerald Lake, surrounded by breathtaking vistas and immersed in the Canadian wilderness, Emerald Lake Lodge is a hidden gem when it comes to British Columbia resorts. Pristine nature and inspirational views will bring you closer to nature than you thought possible. 

The lodge is a perfect place to relax after a long day in the fresh mountain air, with its cozy cabins each equipped with a warm fireplace. Wi-Fi is available only in the main lodge and there is no cell phone service, so you can put down your devices and take a break from the worries of modern life.

Indulge in true Canadian Rocky Mountain cuisine with Emerald Lake Lodge’s seasonal menu. Free-range elk, bison and caribou and locally-sourced vegetables will make for an unparalleled Canadian dining experience.

Price: from approximately $146 per night

Discover Renewal in British Columbia

Visit any of these fantastic resorts and let the natural beauty of British Columbia inspire and energize you. In British Columbia, there is something for everyone—majestic mountain ranges, enchanting forests and stunning ocean views. Feel the embrace of nature, leave behind the stresses of modern living and emerge a new you!

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About the author:

Shane Dubbelman is a Canadian freelance writer based in Estonia. Slowly making his way to every corner of the globe, he has made memorable travels through Canada, South America and Europe. When he’s not traveling or writing, you can find him exploring nature, working in his garden or enjoying a nice hot sauna. Connect with Shane at Scribblisher or through LinkedIn.

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