The thing I have missed the most during the pandemic, other than seeing friends and family, has been travel. As a result, as soon as Dr. Bonnie relaxed the essential travel requirements as long as we stayed within our own health region, I booked a holiday on the Sunshine Coast because, for some weird reason, it is in the same health region.
Since working on a planned new resort at Furry Creek, I have been researching resorts around the province. One that is relatively close, and which seemed very appealing from its photos was Painted Boat-Resort Spa and Marina. So we booked in for two nights. https://paintedboat.com/
Located at Madeira Bay near Pender Harbour, the development comprises 31 stacked townhouses which are marketed as 'villas'. While they are not villas, they are well-designed, very spacious units with nearby covered parking and good views of the waterfront. The development was originally built by a group of investors from Calgary in 2007 and I gather from stories online it was not a good investment for those who purchased units. Three years ago, Frank O'Brien, editor of Business in Vancouver, wrote the following about the resort:
Painted Boat Resort, Spa and Marina is an award-winning waterfront resort in Pender Harbour on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast. Featuring quintessential West Coast architecture, the popular resort provides 31 spacious two-bedroom villas, complemented by first-class amenities that include a restaurant, spa, marina and banquet facilities. Originally developed in 2007 for quarter-share ownership in the 31 individual villas, Painted Boat is the top-rated resort on the Sunshine Coast. Colliers International has listed the majority of the resort, which includes 68 of the 124 quarter-shares, the spa, the restaurant and a marina with more than 50 slips. $10 million.