As it turns out, the most expensive hotel in North America is tucked in the wilderness of Vancouver Island’s west coast – an area better known for Canuck surf bums then high-class glampers.
The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, a luxury campsite hidden in the Clayoquot Sound World Biosphere near Tofino, costs a couple around $3,923 a night in the summer months making it also the eighth most expensive hotel in the world, according to a survey by TravelMag.com.
Clayoquot guests can cozy up next to the wood stove in what looks like a tent version of a sprawling Antebellum …
Clayoquot guests hoping to cozy up next to the wood stove in what looks like a tent version of a sprawling Antebellum mansion complete with antiques, a king-sized bed (obviously) and en suite bathroom should be advised – there’s a minimum three nights stay. After all, regal camping just isn’t regal without a $12,000 price tag. But if there’s any pretentiousness there, it’s of the “only-in-B.C.” variety.
Getting to the resort requires a 45-minute private seaplane flight from Vancouver or a half hour boat ride from Tofino.
Taking the 45 minute flight from Vancouver? This is where your float plane will touch down.
In keeping with the Biosphere’s sustainable vibe, guests feast on Pacific-caught salmon and scallops and veggies grown onsite.
There’s also a green coloured tint to campsite activities, which range from First Nations-guided hikes to non-intrusive, conservation-minded fishing. And yes, there’s surfing.
The world’s most expensive hotel on the other hand, North Island Lodge, is a bit more of a journey. Located in the Indian Ocean near Seychelles, a couple looking to get a room should expect to spend $6,559 a night, that is, before room service.
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