February 22, 2011 | Tips from Travellers >
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I could hear the ocean. I couldn’t sleep because I was excited to be able to hear the waves crashing into the rugged shoreline. They were so close. They were just outside my window. I was staying at the Blackrock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet, BC, and to say I had a ‘room with a view’ would be an understatement.
My two bedroom suite was modern, comfortable, with vaulted ceilings. It showcased a west coast flavour with its decor and design. The full length windows in both bedrooms and the living and dining areas showed off nature’s masterpiece with breathtaking views of the open Pacific Ocean and the entrance to Big Beach in Ucluelet.
We had friends for dinner, and were able to cook our meal in the fully stocked kitchen (including a dishwasher!), and each other’s company as the sun set behind the ocean vista before us. They stayed to drink wine by the fireplace before saying goodnight.
I walked into the bathroom and was forced to choose between a luxurious bath and a luxurious shower. The bathtub, which might be the deepest I’ve ever seen in my life, had a sliding window on the wall near it, so you could have a bath and watch the ocean through the bedroom windows. Then I noticed the shower had a giant pie-plate sized shower head coming out from the middle it's huge tiled stall.
They call it a “Rainforest Shower.” If you’ve seen those shampoo commercials where warm water is cascading from the ceiling, mysteriously, and the actress in the commercial looks like she’s died and gone to heaven... then you might have an idea of my experience in Blackrock’s rainforest shower.
I set my alarm so I wouldn’t miss the sun rising over the tree tops of the temperate rainforest that surrounds the Blackrock Oceanfront Resort. As the sky lit up I could see the ocean I’d been listening to all night, and watched it from my bed until the sun shone into the room. I walked out on the wrap around balcony in my stocking feet, breathed in the crisp salty air, and started to plan another gorgeous day on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island.