The short ride to Ruby Lake Resort allowed us to arrive at 1:30 PM. The 100 acre property included a motel, safari tents, amphitheater, gardens, community kitchen, common shower facilities, sculptures, chickens, peacocks, a pond, an event center, a meditation area, various funky lodgings for the staff, and the La Trattoria Italiana restaurant.
The facility is undergoing change. The Italian Cogrossi family bought the land and developed it 25 years ago but is now looking to sell the property (except the restaurant) to an owner who will keep the eco-reserve ambiance and maintain it as a sanctuary for wildlife. Currently it is leased to group who wants to eventually buy it and turn into an Esalen, Kalani or Harbin Hot springs style of yoga and retreat center with workshops which would be open year round. Up to now it has been a seasonal resort,
We stayed in one of the safari tents situated on a steep ridge in a forest setting. The tents have queen beds, electric fireplace, and basic furnishings. The view from the porch is spectacular. The resort was somewhat in need of refurbishment but the safari tent was a great experience (except there were no lions). The resort is a very serene/quiet place and Jessica who greeted us was very friendly and helpful. We hope the eventual new owners will have funds to refurbish the facility while keeping its eco-friendly ambiance.
The cuisine at the La Trattoria Italiana restaurant is Italian inspired by slow cooking techniques at the hands of resort owner and chef Aldo Cogrossi. The restaurant which has an outdoor patio overlooks a pond in a tranquil setting. The dinner was excellent. We ordered lobster salad, sturgeon from the Jervis Inlet, and tiramisu for dessert. The emphasis is to supply the ingredients from local farmers and fishermen.