Ex­pe­ri­ence Ex­per­i­ment

The rapid pace of ex­pe­ri­en­tial travel has got ho­tels and re­sorts cater­ing to more than just the reg­u­lar hos­pi­tal­ity de­mands of guests. They are now of­fer­ing unique stays and ex­pe­ri­ences for keeps.

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FROZEN TALES

An an­nual phe­nom­ena, Hô­tel de Glace or the ‘Ice Ho­tel’ is straight out of a fairy tale. Lo­cated just a few miles from Que­bec City, the Hô­tel de Glace is the only Ice Ho­tel in Canada and North Amer­ica. This fairy­tale-es­que ho­tel has been host­ing guests for 15 years now and ev­ery year it pre­sents a new fea­ture. With 44 rooms and theme suites, all made of ice, the ho­tel of­fers sev­eral ways to ex­pe­ri­ence the in­com­pa­ra­ble thrill of spend­ing a night in­side it. With its larger than life snow vaults and breath-tak­ing crys­talline ice sculp­tures, Hô­tel de Glace im­presses with its daz­zling decor. Guests can grab a drink at the Ice Bar; spend time in the out­door spas and sauna, and then head to the room where the walls, the ceil­ing, chan­de­liers and the bed too, is made of ice. Ev­ery year an in­di­vid­ual mas­ter­piece is brought to life ac­cord­ing to the fantasy of a dif­fer­ent ar­chi­tect as this ac­com­mo­da­tion melts away ev­ery spring. Guests can drop in for this unique lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween Jan­uary and March for a visit or spend a night in this work of art. Hô­tel de Glace is not just about ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­com­mo­da­tion; one can en­joy var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties near the ho­tel. Guests can dis­cover Amer­ica’s largest win­ter play­ground with more than 35 snow slides or be trans­ported to the at­mos­phere of Poly­ne­sia with a tem­per­a­ture of 30 de­gree Cel­sius at a unique in­door wa­ter park. One can en­joy large wave pool, more than 14 slides, a fam­ily pool, a multi-ac­tiv­ity ad­ven­ture river, a dou­ble surf wave and 12 pri­vate ca­banas. For those who wish to re­lax and re­ju­ve­nate their body and mind, hop in to the 6000 sq. ft. Val­cartier Spa which of­fers var­i­ous baths and an in­door and out­door pool. Young and old alike can keep them­selves en­ter­tained in the gam­ing ar­cade while those who wish to un­der­take ex­cur­sions can go for dog sled­ding to en­joy the snowy trails of the nearby for­est. Pooja Sab­har­wal, Ac­count Di­rec­tor, Desti­na­tion Canada, says, “The stay pack­ages start at $199. The Ice Ho­tel is a must see ex­pe­ri­ence for In­di­ans trav­el­ling to Canada and we mar­ket it through travel agents and also di­rectly to con­sumers through var­i­ous medi­ums.”

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