Absolute Oceanfront

Absolute Oceanfront Absolute Oceanfront, 3600 Yellow Point Road, is a luxurious one-bedroom apartment and hotel room tucked away in the Inn of the Sea Resort at Yellow Point, 25 kilometers southeast of downtown Nanaimo. If you'll be picking up a rental car after flying in on Air Canada Jazz or Island Express Air, it's just 11.5 kilometers east of Nanaimo Airport (YCD). You can even sail your own private yacht here and tie up to a deep water pier directly below Absolute Oceanfront.

The Inn of the Sea Resort, dating from the 1970s, consists of 44 units in two three-story blocks, with Absolute Oceanfront occupying the upper two floors of one of the waterfront condominiums. The resort has a large oceanside swimming pool open from mid-May to early October and a Jacuzzi available yearround. A coin-operated laundromat is beside the tennis court and there's ample free parking. Several small provincial parks in the vicinity offer picturesque coastal hikes and the sea kayaking in this area is excellent.

The upper unit at Absolute Oceanfront has a bedroom with queen-size bed plus a sofa which can be converted into a second bed in the living room. This unit contains a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and fridge, a bathroom with shower and bath tub, and a lounge with a 50-channel TV, DVD and CD collections, and a wood-burning fireplace. The skylight brightens everything up, and the private balcony provides unobstructed sea views to the sound of the waves beating on the rocky shore below. On moonlit nights, the sight of the stars is almost magical. The downstairs unit (separate entrance) is a hotel room with a smaller balcony, a TV with DVDs, bar fridge, coffeemaker, and shower and bath tub. Wireless internet is available.

Absolute Oceanfront is available yearround although advance reservations are mandatory (no last minute drop ins). Prices vary according to the season, starting at $195 double for the upper unit in winter, $235 in spring, and $275 in summer. The downstairs "hotel suite" unit is $115/135/165 winter/spring/summer. Both units together (up to six persons) costs $225/275/325 plus $15 for each additional adult after the first two. The full rate schedule is posted on AbsoluteOceanfront.ca and there are substantial weekly and monthly discounts. Families with at least one member over the age of 25 are welcome, but pets and smokers are not. There's a two night minimum stay (three nights on holiday long weekends).

Updated on 24 August 2010.

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