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Wake up to the sights and sounds of Chesterman Beach with waves crashing into the rocky coastline and the dramatic mountain range across the water. Fall back into your plush bed, feel the warmth of the in-room fireplace, and get ready to explore one of Canada's most luxurious escapes—The Wickaninnish Inn. This 75-deluxe guestroom hotel is a member of Relais & Châteaux where guests can expect the highest of standards. The Wickaninnish is surrounded by national parks and incorporates nature into many of its design elements, like the soothing earth tones and natural materials found throughout the property. British Columbia offers unparalleled opportunities to enjoy our planet's natural environment and the inn is happy to arrange special experiences that include art tours, rainforest and beach hikes, and even surfing lessons. After a day of adventure and exploration, partake of the hotel's amenities like the award-winning Ancient Cedars Spa and the fine dining restauant. This gay-friendly inn is also an ideal place to get married as they have hosted numerous same-sex ceremonies. 500 Osprey Lane. Tofino, BC, Canada. Tel: 1-800-333-4604. Rooms begin at $340. www.wickinn.com

[Published: December, 2011]