PARKSVILLE – Unwind, recharge, redefine and reconnect.
These are the goals that the team at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre aspires to, for participants in their corporate and wellness retreats. With its remarkable reputation, this award-winning property has transformed the concept of corporate retreats, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Suzy Kirkland, the Marketing Manager, highlights the shift towards prioritizing well-being and seamlessly integrating wellness components into these retreats. In fact, Tigh-Na-Mara offers the option of hosting distinct wellness retreats alongside business retreats, creating a comprehensive and rejuvenating experience for participants.
This approach has proven highly effective, with clients beginning their journey with a revitalizing wellness retreat before transitioning to a subsequent retreat focused on business matters. By incorporating activities such as visits to the renowned Grotto Spa or organizing customized team-building exercises, an unparalleled sense of camaraderie is fostered. Participants leave the resort feeling revitalized, centered, and ready to embark on the multiple-day business retreat, fully equipped to tackle the challenges ahead.
Tigh-Na-Mara is one of the few privately owned resorts on Vancouver Island and boasts an impressive array of amenities, including 192 handcrafted log guest rooms, two restaurants, an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and fitness facility, a children’s playground, an outdoor multi-sport court, common gas grilling stations, 3kms of beach and some of the warmest ocean swimming waters in Canada, not to mention, over 10,000 square feet of conference center space. However, the crown jewel of the property is the 20,000 square foot Grotto Spa, recognized as the number one spa in B.C. by Spas of America. Additionally, it has received the Quality Assurance Approval from Leading Spas of Canada for its unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest hygiene and customer service standards in the industry.
The Grotto Spa offers a wide range of treatments, including body treatments, massages, facials, and pedicures, many of which incorporate natural ingredients sourced from the West Coast. Guests at the spa also have access to the Grotto Mineral Pool, a cool-splash waterfall, and a whirlpool, all designed to provide a serene and rejuvenating experience. The Relaxation Lounge provides the perfect environment for visitors to unwind before indulging in a spa treatment, where they can enjoy healthy refreshments while basking in a tranquil atmosphere.
For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, guests can savor a selection of endless tapas, at Treetop Tapas & Grill, overlooking the surrounding forest, all while comfortably dressed in their spa robes and sandals. Meanwhile, Cedars Restaurant & Lounge serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, ensuring that guests have a variety of culinary options mixing traditional dishes with Chef Eric’s creative spin.
Reflecting on the past year, Kirkland expresses excitement about the upcoming summer season, with the final touches being placed on the newly renovated ocean view guestrooms. She recommends strategic timing for corporate retreats, advising businesses to organize wellness retreats during the spring, when there is greater availability of dates.
This enables teams to come together for a fun-filled team-building retreat, setting the stage for a subsequent business-focused retreat in the fall. By giving team members the opportunity to explore the oceanfront property and its beautiful beaches, they can relax and recharge between sessions, enhancing the overall retreat experience. Additionally, Tigh-Na-Mara’s experienced staff is readily available to provide expert guidance based on successful corporate retreats from the past, ensuring that each retreat is tailored to meet the unique needs of the organization. Kirkland emphasizes the resort’s ability to customize team-building activities and outdoor adventures, catering to a range of budgets. Furthermore, she underscores the importance of planning ahead and considering options for inclement weather to optimize the retreat experience.
Tigh-Na-Mara is not only a great place to stay but you feel good staying there too. They are committed to the community and environment. Using sustainable practices while
creating memorable guest experiences is part of their culture.
They recently won the 2023 Community Contribution and Impact award, through BC Tourism & Hospitality, which highlighted the resort’s yearly Toy Drive & Breakfast event and the numerous charities it serves throughout the year. It is also rated a 4 Green Key certified resort due to its commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. Tigh-Na-Mara recently transitioned to locally made and environmentally friendly amenities from Beauty Through Balance. These all-natural, high-quality formulations are free from commonly used synthetics, offering guests a truly authentic experience.
The resort has also adopted an eco-friendly approach by introducing refillable dispensers, significantly reducing plastic waste, and moving away from single-use plastic bottles. This initiative ensures cleanliness and safety for each guest while upholding their commitment to sustainability. Visitors can even bring home memories of their stay with retail sizes available in the Pines Gift Shop.
In addition, recycling and composting is a part of everyday life at Tigh-Na-Mara. The team recycles paper, bottles, plastic, cans and food waste. In the guest rooms they offer recycling bins and compost bags. As they replace appliances throughout the resort, energy efficient models are installed. All renovations are done with sustainability and the three Rs at the forefront. Their Green Program includes eco-friendly cleaning products throughout the resort, electric car charging stations, well water for watering and the team gets around the 22 acre resort using electric golf carts. There are six, soon to be nine, electric car charging stations throughout the resort.
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre offers a transformative retreat experience, intertwining well-being and business seamlessly. With its breathtaking natural surroundings, top-tier amenities, and dedication to sustainability, the resort continues to be a premier destination for those seeking an unparalleled corporate retreat experience.