We parked along a winding road and walked over to a covert trailhead. Descending moss-covered rocks we came to a clearing where glistening blue waves crashed on the rocks. Deanna raised her hand to her forehead to shield her eyes from the sunshine and said: “Welcome to the top of my world!”
What a world it is. Twisted arbutus trees and evergreens cling to rocky cliffs, that bend down to outcroppings carpeted with fragrant wildflowers. I could have spent all day, with the ocean spray streaming through my hair, unsure of where to focus my gaze: On the sand where Deanna was finding marbles, antique glass, and sea urchin shells, or out at the water where orcas are known to breach and frolic in the channel. I can see how this would be anyone’s (very) happy place.
Prestige Pacific Penthouse
Three private decks, a hot tub, putting green, outdoor kitchen, two bedrooms, office, wine fridge… I’m pretty sure the Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke took everything from my “dream house bucket list” and put it all into their spectacular 1,920-square-foot Pacific Penthouse suite. I was fortunate enough to be the first guest in this stunning home away from home, in the lap of luxury.
Plush furnishings, textured decor, and fluffy blankets around every corner that are perfect for draping around your shoulders as you sip your morning coffee (with beans from a local roaster) curled up a rocking chair on the deck as you peer out at the ocean.
I did just that during my stay, right before I called down to the West Coast Grill and ordered eggs benedict with Dungeness crab bruschetta and house-made Hollandaise sauce.
Just dipping into those perfectly poached eggs to see that glistening golden yolk would have left me a very happy camper for the rest of the day. But it was even better than that. Bolstered by the sweet crab, greens, and an ample helping of cubed and herb-seasoned pan fries made it an incredibly sumptuous benny experience - worthy of many photos and GIFs posted on social media to make all of my followers jealous.
After digging into breakfast at the large wooden dining room table, I turned around the the island in the kitchen to refill my coffee. I hopped up onto one of the high-top chairs and took a moment to admire the beautifully appointed room.
I looked over at the stainless steel fridge, about twice the size of mine at home, then the gas range, and imagined myself hosting a dinner party here, perhaps complemented by the culinary talents of a Top Chef Canada contestant. Guests milling about the island, wine glasses in hand, pouring out onto the patio where the full-size barbecue sent scintillating aromas across the property, like a signal that said: We’re in the Pacific Penthouse having a great time, wish you were here!
After breakfast, and daydreaming, I hooked up my laptop to the screen provided in the office room - an amazing amenity that I haven’t seen anywhere else. I didn’t need to go down to the business centre, and I didn’t have to just use my laptop screen as I began to process images from my LoveSooke tour. I had a full screen, easy connectors, a window that looked out to the water, and a beautiful, professional office space I’d love to use for all of my video conference calls.
Mid-morning I took break on the putting green outside on one of the decks with the club and balls provided, that can be found in the laundry room - yes, the full-size personal laundry room with washer and dryer. It must have been the good mood, and food, but I sunk a hole-in-one on my first try.
Returning to work, I unplugged in the office and sat out on the tea terrace - just another one of the decks that makes up 1,650 square-foot of the Penthouse’s outdoor space. Honestly, I could have worked in one of the walk-in closets and had a ton of space, too!