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B.C. home to priciest resort

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Island resort is first-class all the way. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Island resort is first-class all the way. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

It’s a billionaires resort — so for the nightly price of $3,681, you and a friend can feel like a billion bucks.

Welcome to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, named Thursday by as North America’s most expensive hotel for the summer months of July and August. It’s the eighth most expensive worldwide.

The only thing is, you’ll have to stay in a tent.

It’s still camping, after all, said resort managing director John Caton — and the price of admission includes everything: the flight to and from the resort grounds near Tofino, the five-course dinners, the countless outdoor activities — oh, and the booze.

“We’ve got an incredible wine cellar, premium alcohol, single-malt scotches that would make most people in Scotland envious,” Caton said Thursday.

“Heli-hiking, horseback riding, river kayaking, skeet shooting, .22 rifle range, archery, paintball, ziplines, rock-climbing ... or you can go out in one of our four zodiacs and see three types of whales, two types of sea lions, sea otters — bears galore.”

And there’s never a crowd. There are only 20 tents in the entire resort and always more staff than there are guests to ensure top-level service.

“There’s a time when people would say a multi-millionaire is the top of the heap, now it’s billionaires — and those are the kinds of people staying here.”

The hotel is only open from May to September, and they’re 90% booked this year.


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