Couples Resort

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Ontario's Couples Resort is on the shores of Algonquin Park's Galeairy Lake, which mostly is in Algonquin Park. and the Madawaska River. The village of Whitney, Ontario is a short 15-minute walk away. Algonquin Park being our back yard we are surrounded with breathtaking wilderness, pure fresh air, secluded forests, pristine waters, an abundance of sunny days and a blanket of stars at night.

A 5-STAR Luxury Resort for 48 couples. Endless Nature and Sports Activities, together with Pampering Spa Treatments and followed by Decadent Gourmet dining by our International Chefs.

Those of you who need to escape from the bustle will find us calming and rejuvenating. There are many ways to do nothing if that is your wish. On the other hand, unlimited activities will keep the adventurer active all year round. Ontario's Natural Algonquin Park is ideal for the sport enthusiast or avid adventurer who will be delighted with the extraordinary activities available.

"Thank you for your interest in our Couples Resort.  Here you will find the time to spend quality time together, and this is why we exist, to be here, so that you can spend lots of time together.  We, the Sorensen Family, started in 1967 to take care of guests, in 1989 we moved to couples only (no kids and no meetings/conferences) as we knew that many couples needed special time together.  In 2006, Canada Select which was rating 4000 accommodation properties in Canada, decided we should join them because we were easily in the top 1%, a 5 Star, and we are glad we made it for you to enjoy as you deserve it.  Now, many times of the year, we offer rates up to 70% off, as we wish to be accessible to as many couples as possible, as all couples should benefit from quiet time together.  We have learned over the decades from our guests that those guests that have a love for gratitude for each other and for their surroundings are the happiest people, daily I ask how grateful am I, and I hope you are filled with many things that you are grateful for.  If you know other couples who need time away please pass on the word."

Your Hosts, Resort Team & Sorensen Family.
Couples Resort, Ontario, Canada

Your Hosts, The Sorensen Family & Team 
The Couples Resort, Ontario - Canada

 

FAQ's

COUPLES RESORT SEMI-FORMAL**
Please note that our dining room is 1st Class and Elegant and guests MUST dress up at Night.
Most guests are celebrating a "special night" be it birthday, anniversary, honeymoon, milestone etc. 
Remember it is 100% just about the 2 of you!

**PROPER EVENING ATTIRE:
COUPLES RESORT SEMI-FORMAL to COCKTAIL PARTY ATTIRE
MEN a Tie, Collared Dress Shirt, long or short, Proper Dress Pants, Dress Shoes,  is a minimum.
A Jacket is Optional.  In the winter a dress sweater can work instead of a jacket.
WOMEN; Proper CockTail Party dress(es) attire is required as a minimum.

FORBIDDEN at EVENING DINNER:
Talking on Phones.
Wearing Golf Shirts, Non-dress pants including Jeans and Khakis, Shorts, Sandals, Flip Flops and Running Shoes.
One may have Room Service if one does not want to meet the Couples Resort Semi-Formal** Standards (Standards which have been set by a sample of 1000 Guests of the Resort in 2012.  Standards definitely not because we are stuffy, but because everyone loves to dress up.  Remember we are all down to earth here (the benefit of being here at Algonquin)

"For many men and women, a dress code is something to be embraced. At its core, a dress code sets a mood and a tone; it makes an evening special. It ensures that all of the effort that you put into how you look--the money, the time, the thought, the energy--is rewarded by the explicit acknowledgement of the restaurant that you are "worthy" of your meal by respecting the efforts put in by the owners and the staff. The lavish ornamentation that makes a restaurant sparkle translates to people too; the glitzy jewelry on your neighbor's wrist might do battle with the crystal stem ware  for your attention. The glamour of fine dining, the polish of the silverware, the fizz of the champagne, is heightened--so the theory goes--by what people are wearing. And this, at least at the fanciest restaurants, is the status quo."

Lunch and Breakfast is casual dress, wear what you like.

Dinner: Seating starts at 6:00pm and last seating at 8:00 pm (9:00pm on Fridays) (no delivery Charges for in-room dinner)
Breakfast: Open from 8:30am - 10:30am Table served or in-room served (no delivery Charges for in-room breakfast)
Lunch: Open from 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A 5 course gourmet dinner and breakfast are included in the prices.
Lunch we offer from 12 noon to 4:30pm at an additional charge, or eat while you are out and about.

No.  A 15% Service Charge will automatically be charged to guest accounts. Please observe a NO TIPPING policy, we are a non-tipping resort, as we wish that you would rather indulge in another Spa appointment, participate in one more sport activity, have another delicious bottle of wine or spoil oneself with extending the stay another night…..any of these will help all of the Resorts working team, far more than tipping. This Policy insures that we can provide better quality service throughout and also allows us to pay the 15% Service Charge collected as boosted salaries and bonuses to all our Team.

The Service Charge is 100% transferred to the staff team, but not shared equally, with a higher distribution to those that are the most difficult to find and retain. It is transferred to the staff in higher wages than minimum wage. Many Staff are in a position to make considerably more than minimum wage such as evening dining room staff, kitchen staff, Spa staff and staff that do special services. Other staff who live on site (it pays for their accommodation and food). Some employees make just a little more than minimum wage and this money goes to that difference as well. Managers would be paid higher from these Charges. Service Charges go out to cover Coffee and Beverages to consume while working, having a reduced priced meal while working here or paying a reduced rate while dining here. ALSO Uniforms, Shoes, Boots, Winter coats, Turkeys & Christmas Gift Cards. Service Charges are paid out bi-weekly as bonuses to cleaners if they perform and quarterly to all non-live in staff if the Resort does well. Everyone has the opportunity to apply for better paying jobs.

We do not accept pets of any kind. The Adventure Lodge www.AdventureLodge.com which is about 4 km away from us, accepts pets. Adventure Lodge prices also include Dinner and Breakfast and we recommend them for an Authentic Canadian Experience,,,,Rustic yet Luxurious!

Check in time is 4 pm and check out is at 11 am.

Confirmation Price Includes: Rooms rates, taxes, and all services charges. A 5 course gourmet dinner and breakfast are included in the prices. No Tipping is required. A variety of sports equipment is provided at no extra charge click here for sport equipment prices. Note: See Rate Information page for cancellation policy, hidden fees and other charges that may apply not found on your confirmation email.

Better! Blue Ray player for Cd's, DVD, and BlueRays.

To view Amenities chart click here

Yes. FREE High Speed, enough for streaming NETFLIX and working on VPN's.
NEW Sept 15 /2015.  Resort has capacity for 90 Mpbs consumption or an average of 2 Mbps per room.
(This is an increase of 4X from the previous capacity)

All rooms have an Alarm Clock and a Blue Ray player for Cd's, DVD, and BlueRays.

Outdoor Thermal Saltwater Pool
Open May long weekend untill Labour Day 
 

Get directions click here. do not use GPS it will take you down the wrong roads

You can find out what the weather forecast is by clicking here.

Algonquin Park has thousands of moose. The best chance of spotting a moose is along the highway 60 corridor running through Algonquin. The moose are not generally afraid of tourists, and will continue to eat along side the road. (DO NOT APPROACH A MOOSE!) Moose are most frequent through May and June when road salt from the winters roads wash into the neighbouring ditches. Moose consider salt to be a treat, especially when mixed with their greens. In the foliage months, taking a very early hike on the Mizzy Lake Trail also can be rewarding. Moose become rare to see in the winter months.

Purely for enjoyment; we want everyone to use it. The Thermal Pool uses the Sun to heat it and they both use an electro-plate to break basic table salt into the compounds used to kill bacteria, similar to chlorine, without any of the side effects. There is no smell, it tastes a little salty and is more like a saline solution, so you can open your eyes under water and it will not irritate them. There is no chemical reaction to the skin, hair or swimsuits. You will actually feel smoother after your shower.

Daily 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


On-site Facilities

    • 46 Accommodations
    • Pool & Patio's
    • Dining
    • Recreational Room
    • Sports Centre
    • Gym
    • Gift Shop
    • Spa
    • Museum
    • Art Gallery

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Charities

We Love Wild Nature!  Couples Resort and her Staff contribute to the following Wild Nature Charities. 

www.WWF.org  World Wildlife Fund $2,500 per year since 2008.
www.AlgonquinPark.on.ca Friends of Algonquin Park $2,000 per year since 2008.  Plus $15,000 extra in 2013 (We put in their Virtual Web Cam at the Visitors Centre)

"Every year an animal that is rarely seen will come out to say thank you!"  We appreciate Nature's recognition

- JohnS, Owner.
 

Press Releases

  • Couples Resort installs Solar Thermal Panels to Offsets Rising Energy Costs - Feb 2011... read more
  • Toronto Star - Hidaway puts guest on the trail of luxury amid the natural beauty of algonquin park ... read more
  • The Telegraph: Canada holiday: Luxury in Muskoka, Ontario... read more
  • Globe & Mail - Autumn romance, northern beauty in two iconic parks, show case Couples Resort.. read more

Eco Friendly and Where to Buy.

BUYING
Buy Canadian Made "Marshal Mattress" Natural Euro Top Beds HERE
Buy Feather Down Pillows, Feather Matress Toppers, Feather Duvets HERE
Buy Organic Towels, Linens, Silk Duvets, Buckwheat (no wool) Pillows and Kapok Pillows HERE

The "Bear Trail" Dining Room at Couples Resort, Algonquin Park:

  • Recognized by Savour Canada as a significant contributor to buying Ontario Food Products. We produce vegetable food products on site.
  • Serves Viveau Water, Still or Sparkling, to help reduce our carbon foot print. It is filtered and carbonated on-site with the best Algonquin Water.
  • All organic kitchen waste is composted and used in our gardens.
  • No pesticides are used in our vegetable gardens or flower gardens.

 

The Algonquin Spa is 100% Organic and 100% Solar Powered:

  • Only 100% Organic Towels and Linens.www.dreamdesigns.ca
  • Products for facials, wraps and body molding are all Eminence Brand - 100% Organic.
  • The Solar Panels on-site provide 100% of the Algonquin Spa's power requirements.
  • Only wool carpets or bamboo flooring.

 

Room Service Delivery / Maintenance / Cleaners / Gardeners / Sport Centre / Hot tub Inspectors use a fleet of 8 Electric Golf Carts Firewood is used in 60 fireplaces throughout the Couples Resort and Adventure Lodge. Firewood is Carbon Neutral compared to Natural Gas or Propane which is Carbon producing.

Currently we use a significant amount of LED and Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs.

Sports Center uses 4 stroke Toys instead of the old 2 strokes. 4 Suzuki 8 hp recreation boats and a Tige Water Ski/Wakeboard Boat. 2 Strokes are known for spewing oil into the environment, where as 4 strokes are like cars and contain the oil.

Please note that our Township of South Algonquin does not have a BLUE BOX system in place. However they do recycle all Metals and all toxic paints and batteries with special days. All Bottles that are left out in rooms are collected by cleaners and deposited for a refund.

2014

New Led lighting throughout the Bear Trail Dining Room,  
New Led lighting externally on Master's Building and light posts by top parking lot to the wood shed.
New Carbon Neutral Wood Burning High Efficiency Furnace installed at Adventure Lodge

2013:
Built a 2nd; 2500 sq ft Eco-Staff Building for 8 staff.  R34 Walls, R60 Ceiling, only LED lights, High Efficiency Propane heat Floor. 2 Tier low flush toilets.

Result for 1st 2500 sq ft Staff house of 8 rooms = $450 per month Energy (from all sources) consumed over the full 12 months. Which is 1/22nd of what a guest room consumes.
New Wool Carpets in our 17 Jr Suites.
Hooked up Main "Bear Trail" Dining Room to Thermal Water Panels
Built 1st; 2500 sq ft Eco-Staff Building for 8 staff.  R34 Walls, R60 Ceiling, only LED lights, High Efficiency Propane heat Floor. 2 Tier low flush toilets.
 

2011:

Another 1/4 of our driveway resurfaced and recycled.2011
New Wool Carpets in the Dining Rooms
New Wool Carpets in the 6 Exotic Rooms
New 8 Solar Thermal Panels on our sister lodge, the Adventure Lodge
New 10 KW of Photo Voltaic panels at the Couples Resort.
New 10 KW of Photo Voltaic panels at the Adventure Lodge.

2010:

Installed new into The Algonquin Spa: Bamboo Flooring and Wool Carpets.
Installed new throught the Resort: 26 new GREEN Canadian Made 15” Cushion Euro Top Beds

All mattresses are incased in a anti bed bug sealed sleeve

Installed new: Bamboo flooring in all 9 Grand Cabins at our sister Lodge, the Adventure Lodge

Installed new: 24 Solar Panels at the Couples Resort are now providing power to offset hot water usage in our most Opulent accommodations: the Master's Junior Suites and in our Salt Water Swimming Pool. We are seeing offsetting costs to Oil Consumption. Oil is used here at quite a substantial higher price than natural gas as natural gas is unavalable to us.

The old 1999 maintenace truck was taken away to be recycled and a new 2010 was purchased which will greatly reduce carbon emissions, by its new technologies.

Re-paving was completed on 1/4 of our driveway in the spring of 2010 and the old surface was taken away to be recycled.

Thank you and enjoy your Nature's Paradise Resort, Sincerely John Sorensen for the Team




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