West is best, as they say, and for a honeymoon brimming with Canadiana coolness, Vancouver is the place that delivers an amazing location teeming with luxury experiences, outdoor adventure and incredible food.
For your Vancouver sojourn, make your home-away-from-home the Fairmont Pacific Rim. With incredibly luxe and modern rooms boasting views of the Coal Harbour waterfront, North Shore Mountains and Stanley Park, there isn’t a more romantic hotel in the city. We love the Signature Ofuro Room offering panoramic city views from the Japanese soaker Ofuro tub—have the hotel’s bath butler prepare a romantic nighttime soak for you. We also dig the newly opened Owner’s Suites which also offer incredible views and groovy mid-century modern decor with a whole lot of living space (800 square feet total!). During your stay at the Pacific Rim, enjoy all the amazing things on offer—great food and bustling scenes at eateries such as the Lobby Lounge and RawBar, ORU and Giovane Café; a rooftop pool and cabana lounge area; and the Willow Stream Spa, an 8,500-square-foot indoor/outdoor urban oasis home to nine treatment rooms (and an innovative treatment menu), gym, yoga studio and an outdoor deck with private Jacuzzis, infrared sauna and meditation pods.
For must-do experiences, there are many options. Get outside and walk the seawall, explore Stanley Park, Kitsilano Beach, Granville Island and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Take in the city by air with a Harbour Air seaplane tour. Choose a short jet around YVR or a longer tour of near-by alpine lakes and glaciers—trust when we say the #views from above are simply breathtaking.
Balance your outdoor play with indulgent and relaxing meals—in Vancouver you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to food. Afternoon tea is a sweet indulgence to enjoy at Canada’s first Ladurée location, and it’s an experience trimmed with all the traditional French goodies— from macarons to madeleines. For dining, there are several musts. Ancora in Granville Island for waterfront dining featuring a fusion of Japanese, Peruvian and West Coast food; L’Abbatoir in Gastown, a cozy resto with a creative cocktail list and locally sourced menu; Nightingale, the latest offering by local star chef David Hawksworth which serves modern Canadian cuisine in one of the city’s most beautiful dining spaces; and the Blue Water Café (awarded Best Seafood by Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards for eight consecutive years), where you will undoubtly enjoy one of the most incredible meals and service levels anywhere in the world.— Alison McGill