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Last updated on December 2nd, 2019 at 09:32 pm

This Semiahmoo Resort and Spa review was originally published in February 2017 and updated in July 2019.
Semiahmoo Resort & Spa is one of the top Pacific Northwest weekend getaway spots for families. Scroll down for our full review!

We recently got back from our second trip to Semiahmoo Resort and Spa up in Blaine, Washington. It was just as fantastic as we remembered!

It’s no wonder why it was voted the Northwest’s Best Resort in the December 2016 issue of Seattle Magazine.

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Where is Semiahmoo Resort and Spa?

Semiahmoo Resort & Spa is located in Blaine, Washington about 90 minutes north of Seattle.

The resort is located a bit off the freeway with lots of turns. Thankfully, there is plenty of signage along the roads making it really easy to find the resort.

It was dark by the time we got there, but we could tell that the view would be really spectacular had we arrived during the daylight. We drove past the Semiahmoo golf course before arriving at the resort.

Again, there was plenty of signage to tell us how to get to the lobby.

Semiahmoo Resort and Spa Room Tour

Semiahmoo Resort & Spa has 3 levels. We stayed on the ground floor our first trip and it was nice to be able to walk right out to the beach.

This time, we stayed on the 2nd floor and had a nice balcony looking out at the trees.

Photo of our room at Semiahmoo Resort & Spa in Blaine, WA near Vancouver, BC #semiahmoo #semiahmooresort #pnw #pacificnorthwest
We found the Deluxe Double Queen room very clean and spacious! Photo credit: Darren Cheung
We LOVED our room at Semiahmoo Resort and Spa! We have stayed in both the Waterview and Non-view Deluxe Double Queen room, which were great since we had both kids traveling with us.
 
The first time we went, they also provided us with a pack and play for our baby. But, we ended up using our DockATot instead because our baby was in the midst of his 4-month sleep regression.
I found the beds to be quite comfortable. They featured Simmons® Beautyrest Black™ Georgetown™ Plush Pillow Top bedding.
Photo of the Semiahmoo Resort bathroom, which featured a large countertop and a real bathtub, perfect for a kid-friendly getaway #semiahmooresort #pnw #washingtonhotel #resort
The bathroom had one sink, complimentary toiletries, and a shower with a bath tub. Photo credit: Darren Cheung
The room also included ESA (Environmentally Sensitive Amenities) bath amenities, terry-lined bathrobes; hairdryer; Keurig K-Cup® brewing system; ironing board and iron; 42″ HDTV, functional desk/work area; room safes, micro fridge, USB power charging station; Digital Radio phone with charging extensions and WiFi.
 
We were able to borrow an iPad charger from the front desk, which was immensely helpful! The clock was a bit bright and it made for a great night light.
Photo of Semiahmoo Resort, which has adjoining rooms that are great for a large family vacation in Washington State #semiahmoo #washingtonstate #pnw #pnwgetaway
The door on the right was for adjoining rooms (which we did not use, but would have been nice for a larger family.) Photo credit: Darren Cheung

The only thing that was missing was bottled water. I don’t remember staying in a hotel in the past couple of years that didn’t provide a couple of complimentary bottles of water.

With the air being so dry, my husband and I were insatiably thirsty and so we relied heavily on the tap water.

Photo of the sitting area inside the room at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, WA 3 hours from Seattle, WA #pnw #weekendtrip #washingtonstate #semiahmooresort
This sitting area was great for looking out at the gorgeous view and for drinking coffee in the morning. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Overall, we loved our room! The doors are a bit heavy, but it was nice knowing that our kids couldn’t just open the door and walk out!

 

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Semiahmoo Resort and Spa Kid-Friendly Activities

DISCOVERY THEATRE

Discovery Theater offers a 156” HD projector and 50 comfortable leather chairs.
 

While they offer movies during the evening as a resort activity, you can also request a movie to watch in the theatre during the day.

We watched a bit of Spiderman before heading to our BBQ dinner.

GIANT CHESS SET

Right outside of Packer’s Kitchen + Bar, there’s a giant outdoor chess set. Kids of all ages love to move the pieces around.

This was a great way to keep them occupied while we waited for our dinner reservation one night!

SANDBOX

Even though Semiahmoo Resort & Spa is located right on the beach, it was really nice to have a sandbox at the hotel.

Semiahmoo Resort & Spa is a kid-friendly resort in Washington State with activities like this big sandbox filled with toys.
The kids LOVE playing in the sandbox near the beach. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Parents could sit on nearby logs or hang out at one of the many outdoor seating areas and keep an eye on their kids.

This was super handy while we took turns roasting marshmallows!

BEACH ACTIVITIES CENTER

For adventurous families, there’s the Beach Activities Center. They rent out bikes, kayaks, and paddle boards for you to use.

It’s a great way to get active during your PNW getaway!

SEMIAHMOO KIDS CLUB

While we haven’t tried this yet, I love that there’s a kids club at Semiahmoo.

The Semiahmoo Kids Club teachers hold 2-hour kid explorations that feature arts and crafts and a range of unique activities.

It’s offered Saturdays June through September, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for $30 per child.

GAME ROOM

My family always loves the game room at Semiahmoo Resort and Spa.

The family-friendly games included Apples to Apples Junior, Monopoly, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Jenga, Life, Uno, Yahtzee and more!

Semiahmoo Resort & Spa in Blaine, WA has a great game room that even has Lincoln Logs!
It was the first time my son has even seen Lincoln Logs! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

But they also have some toys, including a large assortment of Lincoln Logs!

The room itself was quite relaxing as there were large windows overlooking Canada and the water in between.

BIRD WATCHING

There’s also free activities available, like this bird watching tour, where we saw great blue herons, crabs, seals, and 3 bald eagles!

We met at the front desk and each person got their own pair of binoculars before we started the guided walk.

They even set up a telescope so we could see the animals even closer!

EXPLORE THE BEACH

One of the main activities at Semiahmoo Resort and Spa is exploring the beach. This is where you’ll find geoducks, sand dollars, beach glass, shells, and lots of rocks!

Searching the beach for cool rocks and sea creatures is a fun thing to do in Semiahmoo Resort & Spa.
Low tide is a fun time to look for sea creatures. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

My husband spent some time teaching our boys how to skip rocks in the water. They mostly just threw the rocks after awhile and it occupied them for quite some time!

If you go during low tide, it’s pretty cool to walk out on the mud flat and see what treasures you can find.

SEE THE PEACE ARCH CROSSING

They had a nice veranda where we could let our kids run around. The coolest thing is that we could see the Peace Arch border crossing into Canada!

I’ve only seen while driving through the border, so it was pretty spectacular to see the line of cars slowly passing from one country to the other.

They even have viewing area specifically to check it out!

BONFIRE + S’MORES

Every night at dusk, Semiahmoo Resort and Spa delivers baskets of s’mores ingredients to their bonfire sites. They even include wooden roasting sticks!

Making s'mores by the bonfire is a fabulous kid-friendly thing to do at Semiahmoo Resort & Spa in Blaine, WA
Semiahmoo provides everything you need to make s’mores! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

I was impressed that even during the busy summer, we didn’t run out of supplies. Staff members kept delivering them!

And when we came in the wintertime, we were able to ask for the supplies to be delivered a bit earlier and it was still a fabulous experience!

Semiahmoo Resort and Spa Restaurants

PACKER’S KITCHEN + BAR

I loved that we didn’t have to walk outside at all to eat at one of the Semiahmoo Resort restaurants.

Formerly called Pierside Kitchen, Packer‘s is our favorite place to eat at Semiahmoo. We’ve eaten breakfast, lunch, and dinner here and the food (and service) has always been excellent.

They pride themselves on using locally sourced produce and partner with local companies to create amazing dishes.

Packer's Kitchen + Bar serves locally sourced food from Skagit Valley near Semiahmoo Resort
Pasta of the Day at Packer’s Kitchen + Bar. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

They also have an extensive breakfast buffet that included fruit, pastries, meats, potatoes, pancakes, eggs, yogurt, cereal and more.

They have a great kids menu for each meal, including the breakfast buffet where even the pickiest eater will find something they like.

What’s extra awesome is that kids ages 5 and under eat free!

GREAT BLUE HERON GRILL

If you are looking to grab a bite with a view of the greens, this golf club restaurant fits the bill.

Located at Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club, the Great Blue Heron Grill offers up casual fare in a comfortable manner.

SEASIDE CAFE

This is a little coffee shop located near the lobby. They sell drinks, muffins, and other grab and go items during the morning hours.

SEASIDE BBQ DINNER

As a special event during the summer, Semiahmoo holds an outdoor Seaside BBQ dinner and it’s incredible.

During the summer, guests can enjoy a Seaside BBQ at Semiahmoo Resort & Spa
The Seaside BBQ was a hit with our family! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The party kicks off on the lawn at 5:30pm with live music, lawn games, and delicious food.

Their Seaside BBQ features a delicious a la carte menu with classic favorites, including hamburgers, gourmet hot dogs, ribs, fresh corn on the cob, and a Salish Sea seafood hot pot.

Semiahmoo Spa + Pool Area

INDOOR/OUTDOOR POOL AREA

What I love about this Northwest resort is that their pool area is inviting year-round.

They have an indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub in a space where you can close large garage doors in the winter or open them in the summer. And there’s plenty of lounge chairs and tables and chairs to relax.

Semiahmoo Resort & Spa has a fantastic indoor/outdoor pool area, perfect for a kid-friendly Northwest resort.
My youngest had a blast in the heated swimming pool! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Families will appreciate the array of pool noodles and life jackets available for kids!

Inside the locker rooms are a sauna and steam room.

FITNESS AREA

One of the coolest things for golf enthusiasts is their indoor golf simulator.

They also have a fitness center upstairs that features an indoor track as well as a fitness room that offers classes (like Zumba and Pilates) throughout the day.

And they have a large indoor tennis/basketball court as well as an outdoor tennis court.

SEMIAHMOO SPA

I’ve had a facial and massage here so far and both have been unbelievably relaxing!

Both times, I was warmly greeted by staff and given slippers and a key to the women’s locker room.

Once I had changed into the Spa robe, I headed to their relaxation area. There was a cozy fireplace, lots of comfy seating, plus they offered lemon water and trail mix.

It reminded me a lot of the Spa at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C.

Semiahmoo Signature Massage

I had Elka and she asked me a bit about the pressure I like and then got to work. It was fantastic to zone out for a bit and just relax.

She used hot towels to gently exfoliate my skin before using massage oil.

At the end of the massage, she put a hot towel around my face, which felt great!

Note: They also have add-on items, like their new CBD oil if you want to upgrade your experience.

Hydrating Sea Flora Facial

I was fully relaxed by the time my esthetician came to collect me.

She was very gentle and explained that SEAFLORA is a luxurious Organic Seaweed Skin and Body care line that is hand-harvested from the cold, clean Pacific Northwest coastline.

After both, I was told that I was welcome to use the steam room or sauna and take as long as I’d like in their relaxation area.
 

When’s the Best Time to Go to Semiahmoo Resort and Spa?

We have gone during the winter and the summer and both have been incredibly relaxing!

There’s something a bit magical about unplugging and spending a winter weekend at the beach. It’s quiet but still enough activity to keep your family busy.

In the summer, it’s busier, but there are a whole lot more outdoor activities and events available.

Is Semiahmoo Resort and Spa Pet-Friendly?

Yes! We saw lots of families with their dogs at the resort. There’s lots of space for dogs to run around on the beach and on the lawns.

We even saw dog water bowls set up around the resort.

Top 10 Things for Families to Know about Semiahmoo Resort & Spa

  1. Kids under 5 eat free at the restaurants and with room service.
  2. They have a heated indoor/outdoor pool (kids must be 6 or older to use the hot tub).
  3. Guests receive one hour free of either a bike, kayak, or paddleboard rental (which is great for testing out a family activity.)
  4. The indoor tennis/basketball court is a great place for kids to burn off some energy, especially during the chillier seasons.
  5. The staff will start the bon fire earlier than 8 p.m. if there is enough interest.
  6. There is a microwave available next to the ice machine.
  7. They have a family bathroom located near Packers that has a changing table and is very clean. The sink does not have a step stool, so be prepared to lift smaller kids.
  8. They offer a family movie night on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Discovery Theater is available for guest use depending on availability and they have more than 100 family-friendly films.
  9. It takes about 90 minutes to get to from Seattle (but I’d allow an extra hour if you are heading up on Friday night.)
  10. Visit in late May/early June for all the summer festivities without the summer crowds!
I received complimentary room, spa service and select meals from Semiahmoo Resort and Spa for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

92 Comments

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      We had a blast! So many things for our family to do!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      It was relaxing, which is usually not the case with little kids!

  1. This looks like a wonderful resort! We have been wanting to visit that area so this is a great option!

  2. This is a great post ! I love Vancouver, i will surely check this resort. Lovely pics

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      We love Vancouver, too! It’s definitely worth combining with a trip here!

  3. Angela Tolsma Reply

    Your lemon pancakes look delicious! I’ve heard of this place but have never had the chance. The indoor/outdoor pool looks awesome! Definitely have to try to check it out next time I’m in Canada!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      The pancakes were devine! My husband and son loved the pool!

  4. Oh My Goodness! Those pancakes just made me so hungry. I just want to jump in a plane and get there and relax and have fun with my family. Thanks for sharing

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      It was definitely relaxing! Such a great spot to get away from it all!

  5. Missy Burson Reply

    I love resorts that are not too big, but have their own restaurants and entertainment (especially when you arrive by plane and don’t have a car). This resort sounds lovely.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Yes, it was awesome! Great food and I loved that we didn’t need to drive anywhere!

  6. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh Reply

    It looks like y’all had a wonderful vacation. What a beautiful place you stayed in, and I love the car mat! My daughter would have gone crazy over that!

  7. Wow! Sounds like such a great trip for the whole family to experience! Food looked delicious!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      The food was awesome! I’m jealous my hubby had oysters without me!

  8. Looks like so much fun. I love the chest with all the games. That is really an awesome idea and looks like a blast to stay with kids!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Yes, the game chest was a great option for chilly days!

  9. That part of Canada is so beautiful! I lived on whidbey island for a bit which isnt far and its pretty amazing!
    The indoor outdoor pool is worth the visit to the resort! Looks like a blast

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      I love Whidbey Island! I’m hoping to get over there this summer for a blog post!

  10. This place looks like so much fun! I have never been to any kind of resort like this one and now I’m tempted to find the perfect one close to where I live. Loved all the pictures!

  11. What a fun place, it looks like a great place to take the kiddos too! A kid resort sounds like the best kind of vacation.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Kid resorts are the best! I’m on the hunt for more to check out!

  12. Andres Byr Reply

    Thanks for such a thorough review, Marcie! I know it makes a lot of effort to put it together and after reading this I get a feeling I want to see it myself 🙂 I guess, next time I’m in Seattle 🙂

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      The review practically wrote itself (and I had to stop myself from posting even more photos!) Such a fun place for families!

  13. This looks like such a fun place to visit! I’m always looking for new places to take my little boy!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Semiahmoo is great for little kids because they can really run around!

  14. Stephanie Lee Reply

    Your son is so cute! This is a great review of the resort. It looks like a great place for the family. How awesome that they provide the activity mat!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      The activity mat was definitely a highlight for us when we were laying low in the room!

  15. Looks like you’ve had such a lovely time away! The place looks gorgeous – and so do the pancakes haha! x

  16. Krystal // The Krystal Diaries Reply

    This looks like such a nice little place to visit. It seems like you and your family had so much fun!

  17. This spa looks like an amazing time! I would love to visit a place like this and relax a little.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      The spa was so relaxing! I could have stayed there all day!

  18. This resort looks super cute! I want to take my boys on a family vacation this year. We have not been in awhile. I want to find a place like this!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      I love taking my boys on trips because we get a lot of togetherness and bonding! So many fun memories!

  19. Ashley @ Far Beyond Love Reply

    It sounds like y’all had a great trip! I admit, I laughed a bit when I read that the clock in the room was too bright because I complain about that all of the time too. I prefer total darkness when I’m sleeping and bright numbers from the clock next to the bed always frustrate me.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      YES! I don’t know why places do that! I keep my cell on the nightstand and I have to flip it over so my alerts won’t wake me up!

  20. Terumi Pong Reply

    What a great stop between Vancouver and Seattle and that pool looks amazing too!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      The pool was fun in January and I can’t even imagine how awesome it’d be in warmer weather!

  21. Vibeke Johannessen Reply

    That resort spa looks amazing 🙂 Good that you could bring the kid as well 😀 The food sounds amazing as well. Must be a great getaway for the whole family. I have never been to a spa resort, but going to one in Cancun this April. Cant wait must be amazing to be pampered like this 😀 Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      It really is outstanding! The staff are truly exceptional!

  22. This resort looks wonderful! And those pancakes, yum! Definitely need to check this out next time we’re considering visiting Vancouver. 🙂

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Yes! Semiahmoo is a great stop on a Vancouver trip!

  23. Oh wow, that looks like such a relaxing and fun place to stay. Those rooms! I am ready for a vacation now.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      The rooms are fantastic! And the beds are sooooo comfy!

  24. Valerie Hansen Reply

    What a darling place to get away! Vancouver is my home so I go back often to visit! Never have stopped in Semiahmoo although I know it ‘s gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing the fun pics!
    Valerie
    Fashion and travel

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      You should stop by on one of your trips home! It’s so pretty!

  25. I’d really love to travel more. Of course my baby doesn’t sleep well so that would make it hard. Having the money to travel would probably help too!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Yes, it definitely helps when baby is sleeping better! Hang in there!

  26. That indoor/outdoor pool looks awesome! And so does all that food! I would love to visit someday!

  27. Mandy Carter Reply

    I love how kid friendly this resort is, they thought of everything! And the rain boots pic is priceless!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      My son was so excited to wade into the water with his boots!

  28. Laurie Albanos Reply

    You’re giving your son such wonderful life experiences. Seems this resort was perfect for a family! Thank you for sharing!

  29. This resort looks so nice! I love the decor and what a pretty spot! such a fun family vacay 🙂

  30. This place looks really great! That pool…those lemon pancakes…and what they have a movie theater! This looks like a great place for a family vacation!

  31. i LOOOOOVE PNW. We’re on the east coast, but our family is on the west coast and the army brings us out there often. I’d love to stay at this resort and YAY for hotels that keep kids in mind! <3

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Yes, yay for hotels that keep kids in mind! Hope you’re able to head back to PNW soon!

  32. Keren Charles Reply

    Those pancakes look so yummy! And that pool looks so relaxing too. I am so excited to try this place. Thanks for sharing.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      The pool was such a great feature! Perfect anytime!

  33. Ooo haven’t heard of this, need to check it out! Have you been to Suncadia? Is it like that?

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      I’ve been to Suncadia, but we stayed in a house rather than the resort so I can’t comment on the rooms. The restaurants at Semiahmoo are both located right at the resort (you don’t have to leave the building) as opposed to Suncadia where you need to take a shuttle or drive. But, the spa at Suncadia is hard to compete with and worth a trip alone!

  34. I want to have time for this. To unwind and go adventure with my family. You have such an amazing experience.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Our family has a hard time unplugging, so getaways like this are our favorite way to bond and relax together!

  35. Kristin @ MOMentous Motherhood Reply

    This resort looks awesome. I love the fact that you gave you an ipad charger. The movie theater is a cool amenities too. Thanks for including a top 10 list, very smart.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      I’m a big fan of top 10 lists because sometimes you don’t have time to read the whole post and just want the takeaways!

  36. Kimberly Stroh Reply

    What a beautiful room! I love the sightseeing that you did too. Such a beautiful place. We have friends that live there. We’ll need to plan a visit!

  37. I love a spacious hotel room. You and your family looked like you really enjoyed it and relaxed. Good recap!

  38. This sounds like the perfect resort for rest and relaxation! The food looks pretty amazing, too.

  39. I’m nowhere near BC but if I was I would absolutley be planning a weekend at Semiahmoo! With two little ones the most important thing to me is that the resort is family friendly and with the spacious rooms, the movie theater, board games and matchbox cars, it seems like the resort really has gone out of its way to make it a great place for families to stay.

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Yes they did! We’re big fans of resorts that cater to families! It really makes travel with kids easy!

  40. Wow, this place looks incredible! Looks like you all had a great time!

  41. Wow, such a lovely place it seems. Love the pictures. I can feel the fun you’ve had. Love tea in any form, especially cinnamon tea – sounds like just the place for my family too!

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