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Readers' Choice Award Winner: Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa

Readers’ Choice WINNER Island Resort


The iconic Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa has undergone a stunning transformation. One of the many major changes is to the iconic Pacific Mist Spa. Guests now step into a private sanctuary of tranquility in the new spa lounge, with a candle-lit meditation wall and change rooms, rainfall showers and keyless lockers — an experience unlike any other.


The newly landscaped Serenity Gardens inspire guests with the healing powers of nature. While meandering along pathways through miniature waterfalls, a stream flowing into a rock bed pond and lush grounds, guests are immersed in a unique, one-of-a-kind experience. In the evening, guests can be found unwinding in the gardens’ Adirondack chairs around the romantic glow of fire bowls.


The Kingfisher opened a new chapter in its history with the completion of the Ocean Courtyard wing. Built in an authentic Westcoast Craftsman style, the Ocean Courtyard’s exterior boasts cedar shakes, post and beams, natural stone columns, and balconies and patios with stunning views.


All 14 re-built rooms offer understated elegance to impress the most discerning guest. With quarter-cut white oak built-in furniture and armoires, custom-built by Cascadian Woodtech in Union Bay, handcrafted designed lighting from the company that creates lighting for Disney and the Fairmont properties, and five-star bathrooms showcased by floor to ceiling white Carrara Italian tile, heated floors throughout and rainfall curb-less showers. Each room is equipped with the latest in technology, with personal concierge arriving in 2019.


It seems fitting that The Kingfisher has been recognized as the Readers’ Choice award winner for Best Island Resort.


“I am honoured to win as this award is voted by the people, and that means a lot to us,” says Bill Brandes, owner of the multiple award-winning resort. “We are humbled, as it means people are noticing all of the hard work that has gone into the Kingfisher. I want to thank my staff, as they are truly phenomenal in creating memorable stays for our guests.”


In the fall of 2019, the Kingfisher will undergo more spectacular updates. Inspired by some of the world’s top resorts, the north wing will be re-built and rooms will be expanded nearly 200 feet, creating luxurious modern suites.


The lobby will receive a major re-build, with landscaping to the road, and new signage to create a grand entrance to the resort. The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa’s upgrades and enhancements will ensure getaways will be the most luxuriously unforgettable experiences ever.