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Secluded oceanfront property, on-site mineral water hot tub and spa

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests described attractive ocean views
  • Several guests enjoyed treatments at the on-site spa
  • Several reviewers appreciated the in-room fireplaces
  • Many reviewers enjoyed the on-site mineral water hot tub
Cons
  • Several reviewers found the location too far from the town of Ganges
  • Several guests felt the room rates were unreasonable
  • A few guests complained that the Wi-Fi service was unreliable
  • A few reviewers described their accommodations as dated and in need of repair
  • A couple of guests thought that their balconies appeared unsafe
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 7, 2013
Overview
This resort features a selection of chalet units situated in a secluded area on the waterfront on northeast Salt Spring Island. Offering units with full kitchens, this property is well suited for guests who are looking for self-contained units in a relaxing environment.

All units are smoke free and include a wood-burning fireplace, a full galley kitchen stocked with condiments, a two-person jetted tub, a BBQ, a deck and free Wi-Fi. Beach studio units are furnished with one queen bed.

One-bedroom ocean-view and forest-view chalets are furnished with one queen bed and two single daybeds in the living room. Two-bedroom chalets feature a master bedroom on an upper floor with a private deck and a queen bed, one double bed and one twin bed in the second bedroom and a sofabed in the living room. Three-bedroom chalets offer the same configuration as two-bedroom suites, but also have a third bedroom with one double bed.

Retreat rooms offer more budget-friendly accommodations for guests who are visiting the resort. These rooms include free Wi-Fi and are furnished with one queen bed or two twin beds. Guests staying in these rooms share common TV, bathroom and kitchen facilities with other guests.

Free parking is available on site and pets are permitted in select units for an additional fee of $20 per night.

The on-site spa offers body treatments and esthetic services. On-site recreational facilities include badminton, a mineral springs hot tub, bikes and row boats. Other on-site amenities include guest laundry facilities, firewood, games/books, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, yoga classes and wellness retreats. This property does not have an on-site restaurant.

The town area of Ganges is 17 minutes away by car and features restaurants, shopping, the Ganges Water Aerodrome terminal (water plane) and the B.C Ferry terminal (Mayne Island, Pender Island and Tsawwassen ferries). The Mt. Maxwell Provincial Park is 36 minutes away by car. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Reviews sourced for this editorial were somewhat mixed. However, many guests praised the ocean views from their units and one reviewer spotted deer roaming the property.

Many reviewers agreed that the mineral water hot tub was a highlight of this property and several guests thought that the overall ambiance of the resort was comfortable and cozy.

Several guests described enjoyable experiences at the on-site spa, while a few reviewers found the staff to be friendly.

The rooms were thought to be clean by several guests, however some other reviewers disagreed (see below). Some other guests appreciated that their units were equipped with a wood burning fireplace, firewood and a BBQ.
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The Bad
As mentioned above, reviews were somewhat mixed for this property and there were several common concerns mentioned by guests, among the reviews used for this analysis.

Several guests thought that the room rates were expensive, given the quality of accommodations provided. A few reviewers described their units as dated and in a state of disrepair. One guest said that this property was rustic at best. Several reviewers said that their rooms appeared unclean and some guests found dirty or stained linens. A few guests noticed a musty smell in their rooms, while a couple of reviewers found dead bugs or flies in their units. A couple of guests thought that their balconies appeared unsafe or unstable.

A few reviewers found the Wi-Fi service unreliable or non-existent in their units. A couple of guests mentioned that the walkway to their building was steep and rocky.

A couple of guests complained that their units lacked privacy and that they could hear and see other guests on their balconies.

Several reviewers thought that this resort was too far away from the town area and that a car was necessary to access this property and to explore the island. A couple of reviewers mentioned that there were no amenities or restaurants within walking distance.
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TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #8 out of 20 specialty lodging properties in Salt Spring Island, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 66 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
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Rated 7.4/10 based on 13 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 1 hotels in Salt Spring Island

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Map Marker Salt Springs Spa Resort
1460 North Beach Road, Salt Spring Island, BC