The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa (Courtenay-Royston, BC)

Kingfisher Oceanside Spa & Resort (Royston, BC)As I mentioned in my review of the Backstreet Pub, Royston is where the Kingfisher Oceanside Spa and Suites is. And it’s just a few kilometres away from Courtenay and Comox. I did not know that. I did not expect that the Kingfisher would be a bit further down the road from Courtenay. Whenever I undertake a trip organized by my good friend Luba Plotnikoff, I just go with it, rarely ask any questions – I trust her THAT much.

The Kingfisher Oceanside Spa & Resort (Courtenay, BC)

Luba is an expert in the travel PR business and has a number of client properties in Vancouver Island. I am grateful Luba arranged for an invitation from the Kingfisher to stay with them and write part of my book there. The Kingfisher is just slightly out of the way (if you have a car, it is a minimal distance, less than 10 minutes by car from the Courtenay-Comox bridge), but it is just the right amount of “far away”. Frankly it was like a little slice of oceanside paradise.

The Kingfisher Oceanside Spa & Resort (Courtenay, BC)

Staying at the Kingfisher allowed me to concentrate on writing my water governance book rather than seek to go out on the town as I normally would be tempted to do. You can read my travel-related posts here. Writing my book was the goal of this trip to Vancouver Island, so it worked out perfectly.

The Kingfisher Oceanside Spa & Resort (Courtenay, BC)

The Kingfisher suite I stayed at was bigger than my own apartment! And so well distributed – I also liked the French doors, and the distribution and layout of the suite. You don’t have to spend a lot of money while having an extended stay, as the suite has a full-sized kitchen with microwave, coffee maker, electric stove. That was something I really liked because I know that if my readers were to visit, they’d probably want to find ways to save money.

The Kingfisher Oceanside Spa & Resort (Courtenay, BC)

Even better? It comes with a wall-mounted bed, so you could have easily up to 4-5 people comfortably staying in the suite (okay, maybe 5 would be pushing it a bit too much). But a family or group of friends? Not a problem.

The Kingfisher Oceanside Spa & Resort (Courtenay, BC)

Overall, I really loved staying at the Kingfisher, not only because of the spa and the fabulous suite, and the oceanside views, but because it provided me a much needed respite to focus on my writing. I’ll definitely come back and have another extended stay (this time, on my own dime!). Most likely, with my Mom this summer so that she can come and finish her own book.

Disclosure: My stay at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa in Royston/Courtenay was sponsored very generously by the hotel as part of my recent Vancouver Island writing retreat (which included stops in Victoria, Courtenay/Comox, Nanaimo and Parksville/Qualicum Beach). I covered every other single expense I incurred during this travel, including (but not limited to) breakfast, lunch, dinner and transportation (except when explicitly indicated). I wasn’t paid to write this review, nor was I required to do so either. The purpose of this blog entry is just to describe and document my experience at the resort. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.

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Comments (3)

KarinJanuary 17th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Oh now I want to go there. I love that your full disclosure actually meets the definition of full disclosure! Does the resort also have restaurants that are noteworthy?

RaulJanuary 17th, 2011 at 8:20 pm


Thanks so much for the compliment! I do try to write full disclosure statements that will reflect that, while this is my own opinion, I know that I got a complimentary stay and thus my readers may want to take that into consideration. That said, everyone I talked to at the Kingfisher was absolutely delighted (and that has always been my experience with every property I have been to).

I do have a couple of blog posts about the restaurant that the Kingfisher has (amazing service, great food, not very expensive and a view that is to-die-for).

MuskieJanuary 22nd, 2011 at 7:33 am

My sister used to work there. Their brunch is famous locally, my grandmother’s like it but if you don’t have reservations sometimes you can’t get in.

This is the familial homeland so I can tell you what every restaurant and pub is like if you need some other picks for your next trip.

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