I feel a little bit back in the twenties of the last century. I almost expect Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, the star couple from the film "The Great Gatsby", to turn the corner as we drive up the wide driveway to the Digby Pines Resort in the town of the same name in Nova Scotia last September. The large luxury hotel appears grand in the midst of its spacious and well-tended gardens, and it has a little bit of the flair of the "Roaring Zwenties" with its lightness of being. Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" keeps ringing in my ears. Somehow all of this fits here. And this is actually not surprising, since the luxury hotel was built in 1929 in the style of a Norman chateau. At that time, wealthy families spent their entire summer vacation in fashionable resorts like this, and that spirit still runs through the hotel today.
The Digby Pines Resort - the grand hotel among luxury hotels in Nova Scotia
Today, the hotel is part of the Nova Scotia province, which keeps the atmosphere of the hotel wonderful and at the same time ensures that a modern visitor feels comfortable there. In the imposing entrance hall you will be greeted by a large lobby with many comfy wingback armchairs set in comfortable seating arrangements on the polished wood parquet against the backdrop of white columns with Corinthian capitals - a perfect place to relax in the fresh air after an active day to relax while talking with friends.
The rooms of the luxury hotel are functional, but not overly decorated. Here you can tell a little the age of the hotel, but everything is available, what you need for a pleasant stay, only the furniture looks a bit antiquated.
Large dishes are served three times a day in the Churchill's Room: in the morning there is a sumptuous breakfast buffet with a large selection. Fresh Nova Scotia cuisine with a French touch is served for lunch and dinner. You should reserve your table early because the restaurant is popular with guests, and rightly so, as we think. The Nova Scotia-style meatloaf and the Digby scallops, fresh clams that are caught here just off the coast that we ordered on our evening at the Digby Pines Resort, left nothing to be desired. Neither is the service, which was very attentive and courteous, but not intrusive. A successful dinner in a dignified environment.
Relaxing stay at Annapolis Bay
The only thing we regretted during our stay at this luxury hotel was that we had not planned a longer stay here. With the extensive spa and wellness facilities in the in-house spa, the beautifully landscaped gardens and the hiking and walking trails in the area you can plan well a multi-day relaxing holiday. There are tennis courts, croquet, shuffleboard or outdoor chess, and there is a fully equipped fitness center where you can have enough of your appetite for dinner. Also golf lovers will feel comfortable here, because the resort has a golf course with 18 hole.
The nicest part of the whole complex is the pool, which is located between the hotel and the Annapolis Bay and in the afternoon you can swim its laps. On hot days, I can hardly imagine anything more relaxing than to cool off in its deep blue water again and again and let it dry on one of the comfortable loungers from the sun. Even in September, this is still possible, as the pool is protected by a glass front from the winds that can blow in from Annapolis Bay.
My conclusion about this hotel: a wonderful place to relax for a few days. You should treat yourself to this time on a tour of Nova Scotia.
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Source: own research on site, kindly supported by Tourism Nova Scotia
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