Soak it up
If you have a weekend to spare and don’t mind a bit of a drive, pack up the family — or a lucky friend — and head across the border to Parksville, British Columbia (about a five-and-a-half-hour trip, including a ferry ride). There, amidst the rugged coast and old-growth forests, the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort is an oasis of luxury in the wild.
Featuring log cabins and suites, this waterfront resort boasts an indoor stone grotto and mineral pools that promise to soothe your aches and pains. Spend hours going from warm-water soaks to the spa (try the Pacific Body Balance treatment, combining a sea salt scrub and thermal glacial clay wrap).
Then, head up to dinner at Treetop Tapas & Grill without changing out of your bathrobe; order the Endless Tapas for an all-you-can-eat parade of exquisite and guilt-free, spa-inspired plates.
Bringing the kids? Tidal pools, a playground, scheduled activities and, most importantly, babysitting services are available, so Mom can get her much-needed R&R.
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, 1155 Resort Dr., Parksville, B.C.