Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa

Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa

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World-renowned golf and spa resort

The Keltic Lodge rises majestically from Nova Scotia’s verdant pine forest in a spectacular setting overlooking the ocean. Dating from 1940, this resort is perhaps best known for being the home of Stanley Thomspon’s famed 18-hole Highlands Links Golf Course, which has been rated by Score Golf as one of the best in Canada. However, there’s much more to enjoy besides just golf thanks to the 5,000 square foot AVEDA spa, outdoor heated swimming pool and superb fishing opportunities. And after a busy day you can look forward to a meal at one of the award-winning restaurants before heading off to your luxurious and homely guest room.

Please note:

This property is located within a state park which requiers a park entry fee of $7 per person (not charged by the hotel).

  • Spectacular coastal location
  • Home to Stanley Thompson’s ‘Mountains and Ocean’ course
  • Several exquisite dining venues
  • Enjoy plenty of resort activities including a heated pool
  • Relax at the hotel’s AVEDA spa

Hotel Features

Hotel Category


Main Facilities

  • Golf
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge
Location Highlights

Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa

1022 Reviews 71% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 323
  • Very Good 333
  • Average 200
  • Poor 120
  • Terrible 46

What to Expect

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  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Jan 13, 2018

You Pay for the View, Not for the Service

Elmira, Canada

When I saw the stunning grounds and vista online, I had to book us in here. I was so excited, its views are spectacular, its proximity to Ingonish beach, very good and it sits on one of the Cabot Trails. We stayed one of the newly renovated (2016) loft rooms in Corson House. For its price (almost $400 a night), the room offered bare essentials only. The bathroom was tiny. We were on a ground-floor room, so we had an outdoor patios, which was a highlight. We would sit out there every night and have a drink and watch the sunset. The price included a buffet breakfast and the spread was decent (though we had much better breakfasts at the B&Bs we stayed at in Baddock and Lunenburg). Dinner at the Purple Thistle Room was okay (not stellar), the bar looked like a lot of fun (Highland Sitting Room), and the food at the Arduaine Restaurant was expensive and greasy. The service was not overtly friendly. We swam in the pool and its not heated, so it was pretty chilly. We were the only ones in the pool. The main lodge looks a little dilapidated. The grounds are incredible, we did the hike out on the Cabot Trail. The best thing about this place is that it sits right in the Cape Breton Highlands on an outcrop of rock that backs right into one of the trails. I felt that the lodge had the trappings of a 4 star hotel but not the amenities. It rests very much on its locale and the breathtaking views. We heard it was government owned (which could explain the lack of attention to detail) and if true, this could be why the overall experience was lacking.
Dec 26, 2017

Fabulous Place

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I stayed here one night as part of a Cabot Trail bicycle tour with Freewheeling Adventures. The location is spectacular as was the view of the water from the three large picture windows in my room. We had an excellent dinner at the restaurant in the main lodge which was a short walk along a lighted path from the room. Didn’t have the opportunity to sample the spa services as we were back on our bikes the following morning. Enjoyed the comfortable king bed.
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