Cowichan Bay is a pretty little village of gaily painted clapboard buildings all lined up along a harbor where sailboats float in serene waters. Not a bad setting for this modern, well-appointed, all-suites hotel. At first glace, it looks like any anonymous chain hotel built back in the 1970s or [’]80s, but it is much, much better than that. For one thing, it takes its place in a “Cittaslow” community seriously, offering locally grown fare in its Terrain Restaurant and kayak lessons from the dock below. For another, service is unusually attentive, especially at this moderate price range. All rooms have ocean views, some with patios perfect for enjoying a glass of wine while the sun sets, as well as kitchenettes, living areas, and a sunny, traditional-style decor with comfy leather armchairs, and glossy, maple-colored headboards.