I recently had the chance to accompany my partner to a weekend retreat at the Atlantica Hotel and Marina Oak Island. While I was there – and he was busy in meetings – I took the opportunity to meet some of the staff and get a tour of the facilities.
Atlantica Hotel and Marina Oak Island – formerly known by several variations but commonly known as Oak Island Inn or Oak Island Resort – is a quick one-hour drive from Halifax along highway 103. While the hotel is not actually located on Oak Island itself, the property overlooks the famous ‘treasure island’ as well as some of the many other islands in Mahone Bay.
I met up with Duty Manager Jeff for a tour of the facilities. Since it was pouring rain outside, we started with a look around the main building, starting with the meeting rooms. The hotel has been around for over 30 years but is now owned by I.M.P. Group Limited. The core of the hotel is the original structure, but it has been added onto significantly over the years.
The Mahone Room, with beautiful wood floors and a view out onto the property, is part of the original structure, while several more, larger meeting rooms have since been added. The largest is the Bluenose Room, which offers flexible event space with beautiful views of Oak Island – or blinds which can be closed so your guests concentrate on your presentation! The room is also connected to a lobby/networking area and an outdoor patio, which on a nicer day would be a pleasant space to have a barbecue and enjoy the fresh air. There are also a number of other smaller meeting rooms, right down to two boardroom-style rooms for up to 14 people.
I also took a tour through the Aqua Spa which offers a range of treatments to both guests and others, as well as the pool, hot tub and sauna area, which was moved and remodeled after I.M.P Group purchased the property.
The main hotel offers traditional hotel rooms and suites, including several pet-friendly rooms on the ground floor with access to a grassy area. But the hotel also offers a couple of other options for your stay, which I ventured out into the rain to take a look at. One option is the newly-built set of ‘villas’, which are available for rent or for purchase as a condo. These are modern, open and fully furnished and I wanted to move in immediately! Another option is the seaside chalets, which have a more rustic cottage feel and which are right beside the water, with a grassy area and fire pit in front of each.
Despite the rain I walked around the rest of the property to take a look at the outdoor pool, mini golf course, tennis court and marina, which on this rainy November day was empty except for a lone loon. I was left with very wet feet but a definite longing to return on a sunny day in the summer to see the resort in action – as Jeff explained, in the winter most of the hotel’s business is conventions and retreats, whereas in the summer the focus is more on the resort aspect.
After my tour I curled up with my book in the Fireside Lounge until it was time to venture back out into the rain for the drive back to the hustle and bustle of the city, after too short a time away.
Learn more about the Atlantica Hotel and Marina Oak Island at atlanticaoakisland.com.
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