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Vancouver Island Spa – Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara

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Oh So Many Reasons To Visit this Vancouver Island Spa

The Grotto Spa – Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

The Grotto Spa located at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort is not only a popular Vancouver Island spa but it is also been named as the #1 spa in Canada. It’s the ultimate pampering destination with an amazing and unique dining experience.grotto spa vancouver island spa

The beach at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort where the Grotto Spa is located

Vancouver Island Spa is #1 Spa in Canada

My favourite spa just happens to be a favourite of many, in fact, it has been declared the number one spa in Canada and I wholeheartedly agree. This Vancouver Island spa is located in beautiful Parksville, BC at my favourite Vancouver Island resort Tigh-Na-Mara.grotto spa vancouver island spaTwo of my besties joining me at the Grotto Spa for our May 2019 visit to Tigh-Na-Mara Resort

The Grotto Spa was named #1 Spa in Canada by Spas of America, the Grotto Spa is also Quality Assurance Approved by Leading Spas of Canada for maintaining the highest hygiene and customer service standards in the industry.

Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort

The Grotto Spa is truly like no other spa that I’ve ever been to and I have been to many over the years. I’ve enjoyed the Grotto Spa more than once with my girlfriends, I’ve taken my husband to the Grotto Spa when we’ve stayed at Tigh-Na-Mara and I recommend it to everyone I know who is going to the area, that’s how much I love it. grotto spa vancouver island spa

What makes this Parksville, Vancouver Island Spa so Special?

Imagine 20,000 square feet dedicated to your serenity and bliss. You can enjoy a relaxing dip in their mineral pool (pictures above) and then go and enjoy a spa treatment of your choice of facials, body wraps, body glows, massages, manicures and pedicures, many with a focus on West Coast natural ingredients. grotto spa vancouver island spaAfter you’ve enjoyed that bliss and been pampered then it’s time to indulge in Endless Tapas Dining at the Treetop Tapas & Grill that is on the top floor of the spa.

What is the Endless Tapas Dining at Treetop Tapas & Grill all about?

I’m not going to lie, while I LOVE the mineral pool and enjoying treating myself to a spa treatment the Endless Tapas Dining at the Treetop Tapas and Grill is always my favourite experience. The food is beyond amazing, seriously beyond, it’s this foodie’s idea of true bliss.grotto spa vancouver island spaEveryone who is a guest at the Treetop Tapas and Grill wears a robe. Yes, a robe and while you may feel it’s strange at first, it’s a very thick and comfy robe (as you can see in the photo above) and you’ll come to be thankful you’re wearing it as your tummy because very full from the delectable food. grotto spa vancouver island spaUnique dishes yet each one is so delicious. Each time I’ve gone I loved each tapas and while I’m fairly adventurous when it comes to trying out new foods, my husband is not. However, even though tapas are what I’d call unique, they’re not weird, they’re just combinations I’ve never thought of but then again I’m not a master chef. grotto spa vancouver island spaOnce you’ve tried each of the tapas, if you still have room you can re-order as many of your favourites as your tummy can fit. The most we’ve been able to do whether it was with my besties of my hubby are three extra tapas. they are deceptively filling but I never complain. This is when you love having the robe on as you loosen that robe belt as you get full.grotto spa vancouver island spaI usually make sure to leave room for one of extra “endless tapas” to be one of the desserts because there’s always one that my tastebuds just adored. This is a dining experience unlike any other in Canada! Be prepared to enjoy this unique dining experience for at least 2-3 hours, yes seriously.

A progression of menu items created by our chef allows you to savour a wide variety of tastes. With fresh local seafood, spa-inspired antioxidant cuisine and delectable desserts, this is an intimate dining experience you won’t forget!

grotto spa vancouver island spaI’ve enjoyed the Endless Tapas dining experience about four times now and each time it’s a delectable experience. I generally don’t drink alcohol during this experience (especially after I tried it the first time) as I don’t want to get full from libations. The food will fill you up oh so much.

Tips for before and after the Grotto Spa and Endless Tapas Experience

  • Make reservations in advance for both the Endless Tapas and a Spa Treatment when you can. They can get booked up weeks in advance. When I took my husband for the Endless Tapas I booked it for us two months in advance. However, it always worth calling even on short notice as they could have an open spot and they will accept walk-ins if they have space available. You never know, it could be your lucky day!
  • Leave your phones and cameras back in your room or cottage as no photos are allowed anywhere in the Grotto Spa or at the Treetop Tapas and Grill.
  • I prefer to have my spa treatment before the Endless Tapas because I’m so full and almost ready for a nap afterwards.

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  • Don’t eat or drink too much before your Endless Tapas experience.
  • Plan a relaxing evening or time after the Endless Tapas. Enjoy some wine or time with your loved ones back at your spa bungalow, oceanfront suite or rustic cottage (these last ones are pet-friendly) because you will be so full you may wish you could roll down to your cabin – or maybe that was just me?
  • Enjoy the food, don’t be afraid to try something new it’s all so amazing and you get west coast food like you’ve never experienced before. You won’t regret it.
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy

Want to find out more?

Go to the Tigh-Na-Mara website and book your spa treatments and Endless Tapas now. This fabulous Vancouver Island spa and NUMBER ONE spa in Canada books up oh so quickly GO HERE.


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One of many amazing views at Tigh-Na-Mara

Check out the testimonials from the two moms and two of my besties after our very first experience with the Grotto Spa. You’ll also get to see a forbidden photo, don’t worry it’s all clean but our server took a photo for us as we were the first to arrive at the Treetop Tapas. Shhhh don’t tell anyone. Check it out –> Our First Endless Tapas Experience and More on Tigh-Na-Mara Resort. My besties first mom’s getaway at Tigh-Na-Mara. I was there once before that trip so I knew my besties had to experience it too.


By on August 17th, 2019

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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34 thoughts on “Vancouver Island Spa – Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara”

  1. This looks like they take pampering to the next level, and I’m all for that. The food and that mineral pool look amazing.

  2. I’m definitely adding the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort to my travel wish list. The mineral pool looks inviting and those tapas, dining in robes, and relaxing sounds amazing.

  3. This sounds so relaxing. I have it on my list next time we are in Canada. Thank you so much for sharing such a great place. It’s perfect when you spend so much time exploring you need a little relaxation.

  4. WHAT?! Why am I just now hearing of this place? I live just south outside Seattle, this could totally be a girls weekend trip! It’s gorgeous!

  5. Canada has always been on my bucket list, Vancouver especially. This looks and sounds like such a fantastic place to go and vacation at!

  6. This sounds so nice. I would love to take the time and go and enjoy a spa. So relaxing. Thank you so much for sharing this. God Bless

  7. I’ve never been to Canada but if I ever visit I will definitely be visiting the Grotto Spa. It’s absolutely gorgeous and sounds fantastic.

  8. Wow this would definitely be a relaxing vacation to take! How gorgeous, I love the spa grotto! I am going to have to add this to my bucket list. Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. The spa is truly a sight to behold! Wow, how amazing. Anyone going there is fortunate to experience the view much less the spa experience. I’m blown away by this. Happy, and jealous, of those have had this great experience. Amazing!

  10. The photos are so beautiful to look at and they make me wish I was there. When I lived in Quebec I used to go to a spa with my girlfriends once a year. I haven’t been to one since I moved to Nova Scotia. I really should look into going to one because I really need some pampering and relaxation.

  11. This spa looks and sounds AWESOME and the food looks good too. The view looks so amazing I would love to visit this place someday.

  12. I love the Endless Tapas it looks so good.. What a beautiful place to travel too and have some spa time which i do enjoy. Looks like you had an amazing time there together too.

  13. Going to a spa never really grabbed me, but wow, this is amazing, and I’d love to go here. It is perfect for a gals’ get together, or couple’s retreat, and that mineral pool is gorgeous!

  14. If I ever go back to Canada, which is where I am originally from, I would love to visit this place! This is exactly what I envision when I think of a spa retreat. I think this is the nicest spa I have ever seen.


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