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Parksville, BC - January 3, 2024

Grotto Spa, recently awarded the #1 Spa in Canada by Spas of America, proudly announces the unveiling of its latest transformation: "The Grotto." Representing a $2.5 million investment, updates include fully renovated locker rooms and will introduce an elevated experience called The Grotto, a blend of nature-inspired elements featuring the introduction of 4 cedar barrel saunas set in an outdoor garden patio.

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Please note that Cedar's Restaurant and Lounge is open during the Spa and Treetop Renovations.


Treetop Tapas & Grill Closure Notice

The Grotto Spa is now open after some exciting renovations, however the Treetop Tapas & Grill will be closed for a Full Kitchen Renovation; reopening on Friday March 8, 2024. Light food and refreshments will be available and the Cedars Restaurant and Lounge is always open for your dining pleasure.


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Parksville, BC - January 3, 2024

After over four decades of dedicated service in the hospitality industry, Paul Drummond, the General Manager at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, has announced his retirement. His departure marks the end of an era characterized by profound contributions to the resort, the community, and the broader tourism sector.

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(Paul Drummond, left)



We invite you to reconnect here and enjoy spending quality time with each other while exploring one of the most spectacular locations in the world, Parksville, British Columbia. Reconnect, relax and discover Tigh-Na-Mara, Vancouver Island's Natural Choice for vacationing families, romantic retreats, corporate meetings, events and spa getaways.


Spa Closure: 

In celebration of the Grotto Spa’s 20th Anniversary year, we are preparing now for exciting updates and renovations that will take place in early 2024! 

As such, the Grotto Spa will be closed for annual maintenance and renovations starting Sunday January 7, until Friday, February 16, 2024.

Reopening announcements will be posted on Social Media and our Website; please follow us for updates! 


Air Conditioning: All ocean view rooms have air conditioning and all guestrooms have sliding doors with screens leading out to a private balcony, patio or deck area. Like the majority of resorts in Parksville not all our guestrooms are air-conditioned, however plans are in place to install air conditioning in every room.   In the meantime, every guestroom has a fan, and additional fans can be delivered on request. And unlike other resorts, we enjoy year-round ocean breezes and beautiful shaded woodland, not to mention ocean swimming and an indoor pool, to keep you cool.

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We are excited to announce our transition to locally-made and environmentally responsible FIRE STARTER! 

We have partnered with One Light Fire Starter to supply the fire starter for the rustic cottages.  As Assistant General Manager, JIm Hykaway notes,

          "It checks a lot of boxes – green (recycled), non-profit social enterprise,
          inclusive employer and local. It lines up with our goals and values and just makes sense."

Made locally in Powell River, BC, One Light Fire Starter will start your fire in minutes without kindling and is made with 99% recycled materials that are diverted from the waste stream. One Light is a social enterprise created in 2020 with a vision for inclusive employment in manufacturing with the added goal of creating products made from recycled materials.  Their fire starter is manmade with recycled untreated lumber, paper rolls, candle wax and a wix. 

One Light
208-5831 Ash Ave.
Powell River, BC V8A 3L5


Amenity Line

We are excited to announce our transition to locally-made and environmentally responsible amenities from Beauty Through Balance! These formulations are all natural, superior quality, and free of commonly used synthetics. Beauty Through Balance has long been a partner with The Grotto Spa and we are pleased to expand that relationship to bring spa luxury to the rest of the resort.

Plus, with our new refillable dispensers, we are taking an eco-friendly approach by eliminating a large amount of plastic waste, switching away from single use plastic bottles while also being able to guarantee cleanliness and safety for each guest. Retail sizes are available in our Pines Gift Shop for memories that can come home with you from the first resort to have BTB as in-house amenities!

Be uplifted and refreshed with the Canadian Forest Elements line, scented with spruce hemlock, fir needle, fir balsam, pine, cypress, sweet orange, white grapefruit, and mint. With actives including hemp seed oil and specialized herbal extracts, your skin and hair will benefit, not just your nose!

These amenities are free of:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates/Synthetic Detergents
  • Dyes/Colors
  • Petrochemicals
  • Artificial fragrances
  • Synthetic grade essential oils
  • And other commonly used synthetics

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