NANOOSE BAY – In­creased demand on staff, executives and owners often means more stress and deadlines therefore more need for rest, rejuvenating and relaxation.

That’s how Paul Dodds, Gen­eral Manager of Pacific Shores Resort and Spa sees it.

“Corpor­ate events, staff training and company retreats are a fantastic way to invest in an organiza­tions’ most important resource – their employees,” says Dodds. “It helps build teamwork and loyalty, and there are well docu­mented benefits for recharged and singularly focused teams that understand the direction and vision of an organization when they leave a corporate retreat.”

Overlooking beautiful Craig Bay and only six kilometers from Parksville, the 143 room Pacific Shores Resort is an ideal place to reconnect, relax and unwind, with its on-site res­taurant, walking paths, indoor pool, two jacuzzies, sauna, fitness centre, and Aquaterre Spa. The family and pet friendly property also gives guests ac­cess to bikes, kayaks, paddle­boards, ping pong, pool table and more.

“Our beautiful secluded and tranquil location, fresh ocean air, beautiful gardens and nat­ural surroundings allow for a restful and relaxing experi­ence,” says Dodds.

The property includes a var­iety of accommodation options, including one- and two-bedroom suites with washer/dryer, full kitchens, and they offer stan­dard guest rooms with king or queen beds. Some rooms in­clude a small sofa bed.

Pacific Shores has over 2,700 square feet of flexible, natural light meeting space. The ball­room holds up to 100 guests and the Garden room hold up to 50 guests for meetings, dinner and dancing.

Smoke N Water Restaurant features live entertainment on weekends

“We offer multiple indoor and outdoor meeting venues, (one of which is on the beach), for wed­dings, receptions, ceremonies, fundraisers and themed events,” Dodds says.

The largest outdoor venue will hold up to 140 guests under tents, and there are two pri­vate barbecue areas for smaller groups of up to 30 people.

Weddings are very popular at Pacific Shores Resort and Spa, as guests view the manicured gardens, beachside ceremon­ies, ocean view and sunsets as the perfect venue for a mem­ory-making experience. “We allow just wedding ceremonies and photographs on the beach overlooking beautiful Craig Bay for a small fee,” says Dodds.

Dodds notes the property has been undergoing renovations, including painting, roof replace­ment and heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades. New additions include paddle­board (Pickle Ball) courts, new gardens, meeting space and lobby renovations. He adds that the 13 acres of lawn area offers guests a unique way to celebrate special events and activities.

“We can put up tents in the lawn area for outdoor events and we have an outdoor bar­becue area with a pizza oven,” Dodds says. “We are partner/ spouse/family friendly and offer a multitude of ways for the whole family to retreat. Pacific Shores also has live entertainment on weekends.”

Their Aquaterre Spa is extreme­ly popular due to its five-star rating on Trip Advisor. They offer massage services, body treat­ments, facial esthetics, pedi­cures and manicures and more. Packages are also available for couples, men and teens.

The Spa has two licensed rooms for clients who would like a glass of wine during their treatment (advance notice is preferred for alcohol service). Massages include relaxation massage, deep tissue, hot rock, couples and more which help in­crease circulation, provide joint release and flexibility to improve one’s overall wellbeing.