Coastal Living Magazine "Island Spas we love""Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa, Galiano Island, British Columbia. Surrounded by beauty, the inn's Madrona Del Mar Spa promotes the healing power of water. Guests relax to ocean sounds in the open-air massage cabana, feel weightless in the Mediterranean Sea Flotation Bath, and meditate beside garden waterfalls. ..." For a listing of all the spas mentioned, read more here.
Vancouver Province "Galiano Getaway""This lovely waterfront retreat is just 5 minutes from the ferry terminal, meaning you can walk on the ferry and have a car-free visit. ....Enjoy a wood-fired pizza on the terrace....Madrona del Mar Spa for a relaxing treatment in a beachside cabana or tranquil spa cottage in the garden" For the complete story, read more here.
Best Gulf Island Resort AwardThe Georgia Straight voted the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa as the Best Resort in the Gulf Islands.
We were in good company, with Hastings House on Salt Spring Island and Poets Cove Resort on Pender Island in the top three.
A Mandatory Annual Visit to the Galiano Inn"For many, GALIANO OCEANFRONT INN AND SPA puts a mandatory annual visit on the calendar to the island. Every room in this oceanfront spa resort boasts an ocean view and wood-burning fireplace and is kitted with luxurious amenities. You don’t need to be a hotel guest to take advantage of the praised fine dining ATREVIDA RESTAURANT. However, it is worth going for summer lunch for the wood-fired pizza alone".
Sip Northwest Magazine
The Vancouver Sun"Just a short ferry ride and you're there...surrounded by rocky shoreline, towering Douglas firs and majestic twisted arbutus trees." Author Colleen Bessel highlights: beaches, hiking, kayaking, and all of Galiano's other wonderful experiences. The Inn gets a special mention for our food...
"fresh wood-fired pizza straight from the outdoor stone oven at the Galiano Inn...for that special occasion, treat yourself to oceanfront fine dining at Atrevida in the stunning Galiano Inn and Spa".
For the entire article, read more
SunCruiser Magazine"After a day of exploration and adventure, our favourite oasis is the casual elegance of the boutique Galiano Island Oceanfront Spa Resort. It's in a breathtaking setting, gracefully strung out along the bay, just to one side of the ferry terminal. Each of the 20 rooms has a wood-burning fireplace and an ocean view that compels you to linger...Their new dock is available for moorage from May to October .... Intimate luxurious Madrona del Mar with enchanting ocean views is definitely the place to relax, detox, and improve your well-being just in time for dinner....the award-winning restaurant and the only oceanfront gourmet casual dining on Galiano"
The Vancouverite: Searching for Solace"So if you're craving peace and quiet and beautiful scenery, I highly recommend a trip to Galiano Island. It's a tiny gem that's only an hour by boat but feels like a continent away. It's only been a few days away from this island but I already miss it". By author Cindy Yu
Vancouver Observer: Galiano Inn ~ RomanceGaliano Inn is a great place to spend a weekend "When Christoper Reeve wanted a special weekend with his beloved, Dana, he took her to The Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, which, he said in his biography ... is the most romantic place on earth."
Linda Soloman, Vancouver Observer
Top 10 International Spas Gone Local ... from Sedona to Udaipur to Galiano IslandMadrona del Mar Spa at Galiano Oceanfront Inn, where the sea is omnipresent – visible through the wide windows and oceanfront cabanas, and audible during massages on the beach.
Montreal Gazette "Galiano Weekend is Bliss!""En route to the inn's flotation pool, I peek into my travel companion's room at the spa. She is in mid-treatment, and looks dreamily up at me. I ask, "If you could choose one word to describe this weekend, what would it be?" "Bliss," she whispers and closes her eyes again".
Read the entire article here
Vancouver Magazine "Great Spa Getaways"Madrona del Mar Spa at the Galiano Inn makes use of fruits and plants indigenous to the West Coast in all its treatments.
"The hemp glacial clay uses a special blend of organic hemp powder and B.C. glacial clay, considered the best in the world.
Go for the Mediterranean Sea Flotation Bath...and float effortlessly in the sea--green slate and tile pool that's filled with warm water and saturated with sea mineral salts."
Eating & Drinking Guide Best Restaurants Annual GuidePerhaps the best.. Steps from the ferry, the Galiano Inn is a beautifully appointed respite.
"...the restaurant features mainly regional fare carefully prepared and the wine list includes reasonably priced, hard-to-find B.C. wines expertly selected."
Doctor's ReviewThis publication for doctors recommends three hotels, one in Vancouver, one in Victoria, and one in the Gulf Islands, and answers the question: "In need of pampering?....The Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa"
"The ambiance captures the beauty of the coast by using lots of rock and wood throughout as well as carvings and prints by First Nations artists."
Author Camille Chin reviews the Inn.
Good Life Connoisseur MagazineThis exclusive magazine has provided a feature story... "There is little doubt that the gem of the Island is the Galiano Inn."
Vista MagazineCanada's foremost health magazine talks about the importance of a special retreat: Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa.
Editor and Author Carol Crenna describes the spa experience in terms of a healing experience.
US Airways MagazineThe major luxury destination is the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, where guests can indulge in massages, shop for British Columbia vintages in the wine shop, and enjoy outstanding meals made with locally sourced produce, meats, and seafood at the restaurant. Read more
1000 Places to See Before you DieThis popular traveller's life list of "must see's" has sold millions of copies. 1000 spectacular, compelling, essential, offbeat, utterly unforgettable places...including a recommendation to visit us.
"The Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa is a charming alternative, situated on Sturdies Bay, located above a private beach with views onto the boat harbour and a distant lighthouse".
Style Magazine and the Georgia Straight"Spa'd Rotten" on Galiano Island
Let yourself liquefy on the massage table. Then finish your spa retreat with some real water action, as in the mineral salt-boosted flotation tank at Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa.
If you want the quintessentially B.C. experience, book a Hemp-Glacial Clay Wrap at this spa.
Spalife MagazinePacific Island Paradise ... cover story
"Pulling through the large wrought iron gates into the courtyard of the Galiano Inn feels like we’ve time travelled to the Mediterranean. The city rolls from my shoulders and I feel better just breathing in the salty air.
The fountain splashes in the central garden filled with swaying grasses, lavenders and a multitude of flowers..."
The Vancouver Sun /The ProvinceWelcome Spring with a Romantic Getaway to Galiano...full page feature
Award-winning author Cheryl Mackinnon writes: "a sparkling treasure amongst B.C.’s Gulf Islands. ...With an eye to providing environmentally sensitive and highly enjoyable vacation experience for discriminating guests, the updated Galiano Inn and Spa is fulfilling its mandate. Thoughtfully appointed Spa Suites massage the senses as nature’s palette mingles with luxurious linens, toiletries and exclusive Madrona Massage tables"
The Calgary HeraldWine wanderings lead to idyllic vacation
"Rittich relished her stay at the Galiano Inn, which combines the ambience of a spa with the casual elegance of a Mediterranean-style oceanfront inn."
Northwest Meetings and Events"Tucked away on a remote island near Vancouver, this boutique Mediterranean-style resort provides something new even for spa connoisseurs".
Times ColonistFerry mistake proved to be a culinary blessing
"This is fated to be a West Coast destination...Flavours are gently complex, be it a bowl of soup made with fresh yellow and red vine-ripened tomatoes flecked with herbs, or almond crusted goat's cheese cooked on a cedar plank, dressed with thyme ver jus and served with pear roasted with lavender and honey. After the benefit of a glass of sparkling Glenora Fanatasia Zanatta my choice was a trio of seared scallops crowned with an enormous roasted tiger prawn drenched in herb laden Cafe de Paris butter, garnished with carrot, herb and beet emulsions. I almost wept".
North American InnsThe Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa was chosen as one of the Top 10 Most Memorable Bedrooms by Editor Mary Hughes.
"In the 10 years that North American Inns has been in business, I have stayed at some incredible inns and resorts... I look for an escape to unwind. I have found this in the bedrooms that I love. They need to be relaxing, warm and inviting. When I stay at an inn I am always searching for a bedroom that I would love to have in my own home.”
Of her room on Galiano, she mused: “… a balcony overlooking the water… a fireplace for chilly nights. I always said if I was a movie star, that this would be the perfect hideout”.
Glow Magazine Annual Spa GuideONE OF THE 10 BEST SPAS IN CANADA: "Most Innovative treatments"
The Globe and MailThe Galiano Inn...Special Report to the Globe and Mail
"Imagine finding out that you could live in a place that boasts bald eagles, white-shell beaches, cliff-side ocean views, arbutus trees, lots of sunshine and a temperate climate, and still be a resident of this country."
Cruiser Cravings - Ten Gourmet delights for skipper and crew and where to get them
"The chef emphasizes contemporary Canadian cuisine and uses local organic ingredients.To go with this cornucopia is a wine list featuring the best of Pacific wines. Sip yours while you watch the ferries..."
Washington PostCertifiably Plush!
"When we woke up the next morning, at the certifiably plush Galiano Inn, (our room had a fireplace and a vast, golden-spigoted bathtub), pulled back the curtain and there it was: gazebo, beach rocks, mallards, open water. At the other end of the cove stretched the long, deserted pier where the ferry had brought us in, and we could almost make out the wooded shoreline on the island across the channel…I could see that in the Gulf Islands my favourite places on land were going to be the ferry landings…”
The GuardianThe Guardian, London, England: A Change of scene
"Certainly this is where we have the finest food - prawn and lobster saute with garlic flower and jasmine butter, for instance, at the Galiano Inn, an excellent restaurant/hotel/spa where even the soap makes your mouth water (it smells exactly like a blackberry smoothie)…"
Best of the Vancouver International Wine FestivalRestaurant at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa recognized for its British Columbia focused wine list.
Read about all of the winners here
Cool cats & views of GalianoGALIANO ISLAND, B.C. — When my travel pals found out I went for a ride to Bluffs Park with Humphrey Bogart, they all had the same response: "I hope he wasn't driving."
Diane Slawych, Special to Sun Media
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