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 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.
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.
Getting to the resort requires a 45-minute private seaplane flight from Vancouver or a half hour boat ride from Tofino.
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.