If you’re looking for a top resort experience to book in Canada, you won’t have far to look if you’re in BC. From celebrated stays like the Fairmont Empress to the CNT-ranked Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, you’ll find plenty of classic and unique accommodation options right here in-province. And now, Klahoose Wilderness Resort joins the growing number of Indigenous-owned experiences in BC to be recognized on a global scale.

Klahoose Wilderness Resort

The Klahoose Wilderness Resort was recently named one of the world’s top 15 best new hotels to visit in 2023, according to AFAR Magazine.

Accessible via an hour-long seaplane ride from Vancouver, the wilderness retreat stretches across 2,500 acres of Klahoose territory, which has been protected by the community for centuries.

Here, towering glacial waterfalls, lush evergreens, and snowcapped mountains envelop visitors in natural beauty.

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The resort itself includes four lodge rooms and three cedar cabins, all facing the sea. Guests can participate in whale-watching, grizzly bear tours, wood-carving lessons, and even a traditional smudging and brushing ceremony around a fire.

Needless to say, this stay is at the top of our list when it comes to slow tourism and Indigenous-led experiences.

As for the rest of the hotels & resorts to make the list, let’s dive right in.

AFAR Magazine’s 2023 Stay List:

  • andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge, Tanzania
  • Klahoose Wilderness Resort, BC
  • Coulibri Ridge, Dominica
  • Flockhill, New Zealand
  • Raffles Udaipur, India
  • Muir Hotel, NS
  • Villa Passalacqua, Italy
  • Nayara Bocas del Toro, Panama
  • Habitas AlUla, Saudi Arabia
  • Intercontinental Khao Yai Resort, Thailand
  • Hotel Chelsea, New York City
  • Sommerro, Norway
  • Pa.te.os, Portugal
  • Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, Indonesia
  • Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection, New York

The list focuses on hotels that don’t just shine because of their stunning locations around the globe, but for their efforts to connect guests with “biodiverse landscapes.” What’s more, each hotel on the list is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and helping improve the communities they’re located within.

So if you’re looking for some new resorts to check out this year, this is a great place to start. Happy travelling!