Baillie Lodges’ new look is set in one of the most breathtaking and secluded regions on Canada’s beautiful Vancouver Island Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge expected to reopen on June 17, 2021. The Australian-based luxury lodge operator Baillie Lodges’ has completed a CAD $ 2 million makeover on the iconic property.
Upgrades include a complete renovation of the interior of the beautiful property’s 25 luxury tents for a more modern look, while specially ordered furniture and decor, some from regional First Nation artists, will create a true sense of place. Meanwhile, an updated itinerary for wilderness adventures is also being introduced, including a number of signature experiences to be included in the award.
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is only accessible by seaplane and offers a unique escape from everyday life. Nestled among magnificent coniferous forests, the lodge is truly a forest list, a worthy destination where guests can explore British Columbia’s unique landscape and wildlife. Adventurous days are spiced with gourmet, local production-driven, sustainable eateries, fine wines and the chance to relax in generously appointed campaign-style guest tents.
In close collaboration with the team at KSL Capital Partners, which has owned Clayoquot since April 2019, Baillie Lodges has embarked on a three-year strategy to elevate the guest experience and customize the luxurious wilderness cabin with the company’s growing portfolio of boutique lodges around the world.
The first stage of Clayoquot’s renovations has seen a refurbishment of its 25 luxury tents inside, leading to a brighter, cleaner atmosphere with luxurious bedding, new king beds and generous lounge areas. The tents maintain their individual styles with views opening directly onto Clayoquot Sound and the surrounding wilderness. A second step in the renovation will take place after the 2022 season and will include a significant renovation of the Cookhouse Restaurant, bar and key guest facilities as well as a makeover to the Healing Grounds Spa.
The new look Clayoquot is famous for its range of unforgettable adventures, including horseback riding, whale and bear tracking, canyoning and scenic helicopter flights as well as spa treatments and daily yoga. The new look Clayoquot has an itinerary with signature experiences to showcase the natural highlights of Vancouver Island, and align it with the all-encompassing character of the existing Baillie Lodges properties.
Lodge General Manager Sarah Cruse has returned to lead the team at Clayoquot along with her many loyal Canadian employees who know and love the property. Ms Cruse said the team was very excited to open the luxury camp and once again welcome the guests who really bring it to life after an extended hibernation in 2020 and until 2021. “We are super pumped to show the new look Clayoquot to a new generation of avid travelers it has been pretty quiet here apart from the renovation work and the good sounds of the rumble in the kitchen, ”said Mrs Cruse.
Some of Baillie Lodges’ key employees have also joined the Clayoquot family this year; Executive Chef Asher Blackford, former sister property of Southern Ocean Lodge, has taken the helm in the kitchen, while Assistant General Manager Kate Hollick, formerly Longitude 131 °, is already enjoying this very diverse wilderness setting.