Cool Van­cou­ver

Wedding Bells (West) - - Destinations -

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

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