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Galiano Oceanfront Inn

Address: 134 Madrona Drive

Neighborhood: Sturdies Bay

City: Galiano Island

Phone: 877-530-3939

Website: www.galianoinn.com

Expert Review

Galiano seems frozen in time with stands of Douglas fir and sequoias saluting the few hikers and bobbing seals guarding the quiet, shell-covered beaches.  The Galiano Oceanfront Inn first opened as a resort (under a different name) in the 1930s, but its latest incarnation began in 2000 when new owners revamped the property with a European-style spa and elaborate gardens. The inn’s modern suites and formal restaurant bring a taste of city slickness, no doubt catering to patrons from Vancouver, less than an hour away by ferry. At the Madrona del Mar Spa, the sea is omnipresent – visible through the wide windows and oceanfront cabanas, and audible during massages on the beach. One dimly lit room contains a flotation bath; visitors can float weightless in warm, super-saturated saltwater, a process said to curb stress, insomnia, and symptoms of rheumatism and asthma.

Tags: island | spa | inn

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