About The Couples Resort
Welcome to The Couples Resort in Ontario!
Ontario's Couples Resort is situated on the shores of Galeairy Lake and the Madawaska River, with Algonquin Park as our backyard. The village of Whitney, Ontario is a short 15-minute walk away. 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. This priceless peace and tantalizing tranquility is all yours for the taking.
Come and enjoy an intimate and refreshing experience. An interlude for two designed to rekindle the passion while connecting with nature. Here, at this exclusive Ontario resort, we combine the ultra luxury of one of Canada 's finest year-round resorts with the pristine nature of Ontario's majestic Algonquin Park.
It is here that couples, honeymooners and recently married couples come to relax, embrace love and find the time to share an adventure or have a romantic wedding. This is quite literally the hottest place to be in all four seasons, with 10 saunas, 27 walk-in steam rooms, 21 walk-in euro-showers, 23 outdoor hot tubs and 48 in-room Jacuzzi tubs each in front of a wood burning fireplace.
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 in Ontario. As an intimate resort catering to only 48 couples, we promise that you will enjoy yourself hurry free and worry free. We are committed to providing you with lots of adventure and excellent value for your romantic escape. We look forward to serving you many times."
Your Hosts, The Sorensen Family & Team
The Couples Resort, Ontario - Canada
Q. What is COUPLES RESORT's SEMI-FORMAL dress code for the Dining room at Evening Dinner Time?
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.
Q. What are the Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner hours?
Dinner: Seating starts at 6:00pm and last seating at 8:00 pm midweek and to 9:00pm on Weekends.
Breakfast: Open from 8:30am - 10:30am Table served or in-room served (no delivery Charges for in-room served breakfast)
Lunch: Open from 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Q. Are meals included in the price?
A 5 course gourmet dinner and breakfast are included in the prices.
Q. Is Tipping Required?
No, a 15% Service Charge will automatically be charged to guest accounts. Please observe a NO EXTRA TIPPING policy, 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.
Q. How is the 15% Service Charge Implemented?
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.
Q. Do you accept Pets?
We do not accept pets of any kind. The Adventure Lodge which is about 4 km away from us and accepts pets. Adventure Lodge prices also include Dinner and Breakfast.
Q. What is your Check in and Check out times?
Check in time is 4 pm and check out is at 11 am.
Q. What does all-inclusive Mean?
Confirmation Price Includes: Rooms rates, taxes, and all tips/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.
Q. Do you have DVD players in the rooms?
Q. What Amenities are in the Rooms?
To view Amenities chart click here
Q. Is ther internet available?
All rooms have wireless and hardwire connections. Internet usage is restricted, high bandwidth consuming sites are unavailable, a fee applies to have unlimited access.
Q. Is there music in the rooms?
All rooms have iPod docking station with CD player, FM/AM Radio and Alarm Clock for playing music.
Q. When is the outdoor pool and hot tub open?
The Outdoor Thermal saltwater Pool & Thermal saltwater Hot Tub are open May long weekend untill Labour Day (The 1st Monday in September).
Pool Temperatures 90"F / 32'C May Long Weekend to June 21st and 85"F / 30"C June 21st to Labour Day.
Pool and Hot Tub hours May Long Weekend to June 21st, 10am to 4:30pm. June 21st to Labour Day, 10am to 7pm.
Q. How do I get to The Couples Resort?
Get directions click here. GPS Couples Resort, 139 Galeairy Lake Road, Whitney, Ontario,
Q.What's the weather forecast?
You can find out what the weather forecast is by clicking here.
Q. Where are the moose?
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.
Q. Why Thermal salt-water pool and Hot Tub?
Purely for enjoyment; we want everyone to use it. The Thermal Pool and Hot Tub use 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.
Q. What are the Sport Centre Hours?
Sport Centre Hours
- April 1st to June 21st: 11am to 4:30pm (saturdays and sundays 9:30am to 4:30pm)
- June 21st to Labourday: 9:30am to 7:00pm 3)
- Labourday to October 29th: 11:00am to 4:30pm (saturdays and sundays 9:30am to 4:30pm)
- 48 Accomodations
- Pool & Licenced Patio's
- Rec Room
- Sports Centre
- Gift Shop
- Art Gallery
- Toronto Star - Hidaway puts guest on the trail of luxury amid the natural beauty of algonquin park ...
- The Telegraph: Canada holiday: Luxury in Muskoka, Ontario
- Globe & Mail (October 4, 2007) - Autumn romance, northern beauty in two iconic parks, show case Couples Resort...
We Love Wild Nature! The Couples Resort and her Staff contribute to the following Wild Nature Charities.
www.AlgonquinPark.on.ca Friends of Algoqnuin Park $2,000 per year since 2008. Plus $15,000 extra in 2013.
"Every year an unusaul animal that is rarely seen will come out to say thank you and do not forget, just as it is time to commit again." We apprecite the Nature's recognition - JSorensen, Owner.
1) Recognized by Savour Canada as a significant contributor to buying Ontario Food Products. We produce some food products on site.
2) 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.
3) All organic kitchen waste is composted and used in our gardens.
4) No pesticides are used in our vegetable gardens or flower gardens.
The Algonquin Spa is 100% Organic and 100% Solar Powered:
1) Only 100% Organic Towels and Linens.www.dreamdesigns.ca
2) Products for facials, wraps and body molding are all Eminence Brand - 100% Organic.
3) The Solar Panels on-site provide 100% of the Algonquin Spa's power requirements.
4) 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.
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.
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.
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.
Installed new intoThe Algonquin Spa: Bamboo Flooring and Wool Carpets.
Installed new throught the Resort: 26 new GREEN 15” Cushion Euro Top STRATA BEDS
Canadian Made Pocketed Coil Sleep System. Extra Strength Recycled Strata Pad
1” Soya Support Foam on Both sides of Innerspring
1“ 5 Zoned Foam (Memory Foam and Latex)
1.5” Soya Comfort Foam
¾” Soya Support and ¾” Soya Comfort Foam with 20 oz Premium Polyester
High Quality Anti Dust Mite Bamboo Ticking
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