NANOOSE BAY – Increased demand on staff, executives and owners often means more stress and deadlines therefore more need for rest, rejuvenating and relaxation.
That’s how Paul Dodds, General Manager of Pacific Shores Resort and Spa sees it.
“Corporate events, staff training and company retreats are a fantastic way to invest in an organizations’ most important resource – their employees,” says Dodds. “It helps build teamwork and loyalty, and there are well documented benefits for recharged and singularly focused teams that understand the direction and vision of an organization when they leave a corporate retreat.”
Overlooking beautiful Craig Bay and only six kilometers from Parksville, the 143 room Pacific Shores Resort is an ideal place to reconnect, relax and unwind, with its on-site restaurant, walking paths, indoor pool, two jacuzzies, sauna, fitness centre, and Aquaterre Spa. The family and pet friendly property also gives guests access to bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, ping pong, pool table and more.
“Our beautiful secluded and tranquil location, fresh ocean air, beautiful gardens and natural surroundings allow for a restful and relaxing experience,” says Dodds.
The property includes a variety of accommodation options, including one- and two-bedroom suites with washer/dryer, full kitchens, and they offer standard guest rooms with king or queen beds. Some rooms include a small sofa bed.
Pacific Shores has over 2,700 square feet of flexible, natural light meeting space. The ballroom holds up to 100 guests and the Garden room hold up to 50 guests for meetings, dinner and dancing.
“We offer multiple indoor and outdoor meeting venues, (one of which is on the beach), for weddings, receptions, ceremonies, fundraisers and themed events,” Dodds says.
The largest outdoor venue will hold up to 140 guests under tents, and there are two private barbecue areas for smaller groups of up to 30 people.
Weddings are very popular at Pacific Shores Resort and Spa, as guests view the manicured gardens, beachside ceremonies, ocean view and sunsets as the perfect venue for a memory-making experience. “We allow just wedding ceremonies and photographs on the beach overlooking beautiful Craig Bay for a small fee,” says Dodds.
Dodds notes the property has been undergoing renovations, including painting, roof replacement and heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades. New additions include paddleboard (Pickle Ball) courts, new gardens, meeting space and lobby renovations. He adds that the 13 acres of lawn area offers guests a unique way to celebrate special events and activities.
“We can put up tents in the lawn area for outdoor events and we have an outdoor barbecue area with a pizza oven,” Dodds says. “We are partner/ spouse/family friendly and offer a multitude of ways for the whole family to retreat. Pacific Shores also has live entertainment on weekends.”
Their Aquaterre Spa is extremely popular due to its five-star rating on Trip Advisor. They offer massage services, body treatments, facial esthetics, pedicures and manicures and more. Packages are also available for couples, men and teens.
The Spa has two licensed rooms for clients who would like a glass of wine during their treatment (advance notice is preferred for alcohol service). Massages include relaxation massage, deep tissue, hot rock, couples and more which help increase circulation, provide joint release and flexibility to improve one’s overall wellbeing.