Best Sleeps In & Around Vancouver

17 Dec 2015

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In a place like Vancouver, where the urban charms of a thriving city harmoniously intermingle with the wilds of nature, you’re bound to find a range of stylish accommodation options which reflect their beautiful surroundings. From chic urban hotels to five-star indulgence in the wilderness, nature is never far away.

Within Vancouver: Luxe City Escapes

Fairmont Waterfront

With its back to basics approach, the Fairmont Waterfront offers many ‘green’ initiatives including electric vehicle charging stations, an extensive rooftop garden where over 20 herbs and veggies are grown for the restaurant, and four beehives. During the summer months, guests can enjoy a tour of the apiary where the ‘bee butler’ oversees the 250,000 honeybees. Wine lovers too will appreciate the organic wine selections served in-house.

Wedgewood Hotel & Spa

This classic downtown hotel is one of only 500 hotels worldwide to be a member of the respected Relais & Châteaux group. From luxurious rooms with their quality L’Occitane bath products to gourmet dining, no aspect has been overlooked at Wedgewood Hotel & Spa when it comes to providing guests an inspired hotel experience.

The lobby entrance of the Wedgewood Hotel. Image: Wedgewood Hotel

Shangri-La Hotel

Shangri-La’s warm interior envelops guests with a comforting embrace. And what says comfort better than food? Acclaimed three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten treats guests to the finest seafood menu on the coast. Foodies will also appreciate Shangri-La’s Ginger Juice Bar, a piano bar with premium spirits and a daily high-tea service.

Loden Hotel

Like a cosy wellness retreat, the Loden offers guests complimentary ‘Electra-Townie’ bicycles on which to explore the city, a full spa suite and an infrared sauna. To complement its tranquil environment, the Loden includes yoga mats in each guest room and a 24 hour yoga channel. The Loden’s complimentary daily tea service is the perfect way to end any yoga session.

The Loden’s Garden Terrace rooms with private patio. Image: Loden Hotel

Sutton Place Hotel

Another downtown signature property, the Sutton Place Hotel combines modern sophistication with European elegance. Wine lovers will appreciate Sutton Place for its Wine Merchant boutique. Filled with over 700 wines from around the world, the hotel offers tastings, seminars and wine making info sessions.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

The ‘castle in the city’ hotel offers a traditional high-tea, while the trendy Notch8 restaurant and bar provide a drinking and dining space reminiscent of what the Fairmont calls a ‘grand railway hotel.’ Even the gorgeous indoor pool area hearkens back to the by-gone days of an early 20th century sunroom and solarium.

Aerial view of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Image: FRHI


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Beyond Vancouver: Nature At It's Finest

Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria

Located in British Columbia’s lovely capital city of Victoria, the Fairmont Empress lives up to its high-brow name in every way. Located on the waterfront, this classic European style resort hotel features its own ‘artist in residence.’ Working from the hotel’s art studio, guests will enjoy art discussions and have the opportunity to purchase original works.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Tofino

Who wouldn’t love to stay in a luxury tent out in the beautiful wilderness? Clayoquot Wilderness Resort excels at turning what would otherwise be a rustic outing into a five-star experience. Nature lovers will enjoy personalised outdoor activities that include wildlife spotting for whales and black bears, a rushing river kayak outing, guided hikes with a First Nations native, and their signature activity, horse riding and riding lessons.

On the deck of a luxury ensuite tent. Image: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Get your pulse racing on the slopes at Whistler. The Fairmont Chateau is the ultimate winter ski destination. Nowhere else in North America can guests ski on a glacier or choose from over 8,000 acres of terrain for downhill fun. And with Canada’s largest ski and snowboarding school nearby, beginners can join in the fun too.

Sonora Resort, Sonora Island

Outdoor adventure is great, and there’s plenty to be found at Sonora, but there are times we long to be pampered. Guests looking to relax can select from yoga and a full menu of spa and water treatments at the Island Currents Spa. Afterwards, relax by the pool or take in a film in the cosy 12 seat cinema. Or simply enjoy a gourmet meal while admiring the outdoor scenery with your sommelier selected wine. Foodies won’t want to miss the cooking class either. The executive chef reveals culinary secrets for a delicious meal.

Todd Sturm

I currently live in Brisbane, Australia. No matter where my travels take me, I enjoy experiencing each destination from the perspective of the locals. Some of my favourite attractions include historic sites, national parks and architectural landmarks.