For the ultimate in West Coast luxury, “the Wick” has it all. This Relais & Châteaux property was the first true luxury inn along this coast, and since the day owner Charles McDiarmid opened it in 1996, he has not stopped improving the decor, the service, or the amenities. Most recently, he’s added a bike shed with free bikes for guests to use, and hired a whole new culinary team that’s shaking things up in the multiple-award-winning Pointe Restaurant. The Wick’s form of luxury is a subtle one—its decor is a simple, rustic-elegant West Coast style, with lots of stone, cedar, fluffy linens, and soft, misty colors. But look closer and you’ll see that the wood is hand carved, the stone perfectly buffed, the sheets silky soft, and the fittings designed to slide smoothly and soundlessly. Most of all, you’ll be awed by the setting, perhaps the most beautiful on a shoreline with no shortage of stunning scenery. It sits on a rocky promontory overlooking Chesterman Beach and surrounded by old-growth forests. Every view is an ocean view, even the ones from the exceptional Ancient Cedars Spa, where you can indulge in a locally harvested seaweed treatment. The inn is filled with art by local artists, and there’s a First Nations carving shed on the property, where you can watch the masters at work. A stay here is an unforgettable experience that would be a once-in-a-lifetime thrill if so many guests didn’t keep coming back again and again.