For some of us, in our desire to "see the world,' we forget we live in one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. For the summer of 2020, this Fall and beyond, we know there will be an ever greater desire to explore our own country and we would love to help you plan the trip, whether it's a simple staycation locally where you can just enjoy being in a hotel room, ordering room service and not having to wash up, to remote, luxe trips up north to spot grizzly bears and enjoy being in the vast wilderness.
We wanted to share some ideas and showcase preferred properties we work with in British Columbia, where we can offer added value when you book with us. In addition, at the hotels marked with a * we have access to our Virtuoso exclusive rates which mean you can enjoy complimentary breakfast for two daily, a USD$100 food and beverage credit, plus a room upgrade and early check in and late check out, based on availability.
All offers are subject to change and based on availability. If you have any dates just contact us or your North South Travel advisor directly and we would be happy to check availability and the best offer for you.
Staycations in Vancouver
The Wedgewood Hotel*: A member of the prestigious Relais & Chateux collection, this is one of Canada’s leading luxury hotels. Located in Downtown Vancouver, this boutique hotel features beautifully-furnished rooms, each with a private balcony where you can find seclusion in the heart of the city. They are offering a confirmed upgrade at time of booking for our clients. They're also offering a “24 hour flex stay” – our guests can arrive when they want and depart when they want, within 24 hours. The hotel has now reopened and Bacchus Lounge is open Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-7pm.
Fairmont Pacific Rim*: Designed to exceed the highest standards and services, this signature urban resort property has held the title for the best Fairmont in North America for many years. A vibrant lobby lounge with live music (currently at the weekends only) there are amazing dining experiences onsite and there is a rooftop pool and hot tub.
Fairmont Waterfront*: Located on the city’s dynamic harbourfront, Fairmont Waterfront is a world class luxury hotel in Vancouver, and proudly embraces a sustainable philosophy. Right now there is a buy one night get one free offer, or a Virtuoso 4th night free offer. ARC restaurant is open daily, as is their health club and outdoor pool.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver: Also known as the 'Castle in the City', this property has symbolized timeless elegance and luxury since 1939. Be sure to meet their friendly Labrador canine ambassadors, Elly and Ella. In spring 2019, the hotel completed a five-year $75M renovation project. The hotel reopened on July 3rd and their fitness centre, spa and pool are open daily. Notch8 is open and they have live music at the weekends. They are also offering the buy one, get one free offer and also a Canadian Residents Rate which includes 20% off and free parking.
The Listel Hotel: This gem of a boutique hotel is in the West End of Vancouver. The Listel Hotel is so much more than simply a place to sleep; it is a cultural tourist’s dream, as well as a leader in environmental responsibility. The rooms and suites are filled with limited edition and original artwork. The Listel is also home to Forage showcasing Chef Welbert Choi's award-winning, sustainable fare. We love their complimentary wine hour. The hotel is offering a special BC residents rate.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia*: First opened in 1927, the legendary Hotel Georgia became quickly known as the city’s most fashionable retreat and one of the best hotels in Vancouver. The hotel underwent an extensive renovation and was unveiled as Rosewood Hotel Georgia in June, 2011. For generations, guests have indulged in Hotel Georgia’s charming ambiance, remarkable service and landmark location. Make sure you book into Reflections- their gorgeous rooftop patio!
Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver*: Exuding sleek sophistication and full of Zen-like energy, this hotel is your urban sanctuary nestled between the mountains and the sea. Enjoy the lovely outdoor pool area, as well as delicious hand crafted cocktails and amazing dining experiences on property.
Four Seasons Whistler: Be ready for a warm Canadian welcome! Based on Blackcomb mountain, surrounded by magical views, enjoy the intimate lodge, featuring Whistler’s largest guest rooms, suites and residences – all with fireplaces and a balcony. Friendly Four Seasons charm makes you feel right at home. The property is also dog friendly. There is a complimentary wine tasting every evening too. This hotel has achieved a Forbes Five Star rating! The Virtuoso rate for BC residents currently offers an additional 20% off and free parking!
Fairmont Chateau Whistler*: The luxurious resort is located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. The rooms and suites were created to blend with the natural alpine setting. This award-winning Whistler hotel showcases exceptional dining and full resort amenities including a par 72, 18-hole Audubon-certified championship golf course. The hotel is offering a buy one, get one free deal.
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Want to know what it is like to stay at a luxury hotel post COVID-19? Ginger, one of our advisors shares her experience here:
Fairmont Empress*: A long time favourite of our team, situated in the inner harbour, in the heart of BC’s capital, the Chateausque-styled building is considered one of Canada's grand railway hotels and one of the oldest in Canada. Canada's grand railway hotels. The Empress underwent a significant restoration between 2015 and 2017, which cost more than $60M. The hotel is also offering the buy one, get one free, hotel stay offer. Available to book between now and July 16th, for stays until December 2020, so this is an amazing deal!
The Oak Bay Hotel: Reopened for guests, they have a BC Residents Rate. Soak up the beauty of the West Coast from the comfort of their heated seaside mineral pools (where you can even spot whales if you are lucky!), they also have a great pizza restaurant FARO or you can indulge in the beautiful views from the Snug Pub. Plus book with us and you will receive a special amenity to your room.
The Wickaninnish Inn: With its elegant accommodation, great restaurant and award winning spa is the perfect base for exploring the rugged wilderness of Pacific Rim National Park, Clayoquot Sound and the charming town of Tofino. Still owned by the founding McDiarmid family, this Relais & Chateaux property defines Northern West Coast Style, cedar, fir, driftwood and stone are used throughout; pieces for local artists abound. Their excursions range from the adventurous to the spiritual.
Tigh-Na- Mara: With awe-inspiring views on 22 acres of tranquil forest, the Grotto Spa voted #1 Spa in Canada, 2 award-winning restaurants, British Columbia's most extensive resort Recreation Program, 3 kms of sandy beach and the warmest ocean swimming waters in Canada, the resort is perfect for families and groups alike! No resort fees either which is a plus.
The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa: It is now open for guest stays, as well as their Pacific Mist Spa & Hydropath, Ocean7 Restaurant and AQUA Bistro & Wine Bar.
Tsa Kwa Luten Lodge: The resort is now open. A secluded oceanfront resort like no other located on beautiful Quadra Island. The Lodge offers an abundance of natural spaces to enjoy. We have introduced new measures to allow for an exceptional experience with the assurance of safety for everyone.
Okanagan & Vernon
Sparkling Hill: The resort prides itself on being a European style wellness retreat offering guests a chance to heal and escape the pressures of everyday life. The vision of Mr. Gernot Langes-Swarovski, the patriarch of the Swarovski Crystal family, a stay at the resort includes free breakfast, complementary valet parking for one vehicle per room and access to the KurSpa's pools (the steam rooms are temporarily closed). Look for the 3.5 million crystals through out which truly make the hotel sparkle.
Spirit Ridge: A family friendly all suite/villa resort with fireplaces, all accommodations have balconies and kitchens. Located on the hill overlooking Osoyoos Lake on sacred ground of the Osoyoos Indian Band, it is famed for its golf, vineyard and cultural experiences. Boating and hiking are on their door step or stay put and enjoy the wellness spa.The hotel is part of the Hyatt Unbound Collection.
Resort: Located right on Lake Osoyoos in heart of Canada's only desert, is packed with leisure facilities and million dollar views. It is a great base for exploring First Nation's culture, wineries or wandering into the charming town of Osoyoos. The waterfront Restaurant is renowned for its farm to table cooking; many rooms have kitchenettes and even washer and dryers, perfect for an extended stay.
These luxury wilderness lodges and ranches offer unparalleled access to wilderness, nature, great food and a relaxing but adventurous experience!
Nimmo Bay: A small family owned oasis of luxury in the middle of the most beautiful nowhere. It offers real luxury… not just “wilderness is the great luxury” that so many places tout... with world-renowned customized wilderness, wildlife, culinary and wellness experiences. They are offering each cabin booked through North South Travel an additional $150 gift certificate to be used at the spa or pro shop.
Chilko Experience: The resort is in an area of such seclusion, lushness and serenity, situated in the heart of a 5 million acre pristine wilderness tract which is more than twice the size of Banff and Jasper National Parks combined. For our clients looking for a transformative wilderness experience, connecting you to nature and to each other, this is a perfect place and we are excited to share the details with you, as well as up to 20% off for BC residents this summer.
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The West Coast Fishing Club: No ordinary fishing destination... since 1988 their two luxury lodges on remote Haida Gwaii have been offering the best salmon & halibut fishing, wilderness adventure, spa and gourmet meals for the ultimate five star experience.
Tweedsmuir Lodge: A member of the Magnificent 7 Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada, the lodge is situation at the junction of the Atnarko, Talchako and Bella Coola Valleys. There is 600 metres of river frontage and stunning views of the aptly named Mt. Stupendous and Mt. Mellikan. It's an exceptional location and has been a favourite place for local First Nations people to camp and fish for thousands of years. The lodge property is also know as Stuie which means "nice place to rest" in the Nuxalk language.
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Want to know what a stay is really like? Jane, one of our Adventure Specialists stayed here with her family, check out their experience here:
Salt Spring Island
Hastings House: This quaint property is a member of Relais & Chateaux, so expect fantastic dining experiences. Situated on 22 verdant acres of oceanfront property, the enchanting and distinctive old-world charm of their 18 well-appointed suites and cottages are complemented with renowned fine dining and relaxing spa treatments. They have a 4th night free offer we can book for you.