ELLE (Canada) - - Escape -

When you’re on hol­i­day, room ser­vice is an in­alien­able right along the lines of free­dom of speech and sample sales. Sleep late and or­der break­fast in bed for two: Cra­dle your creamy latte from the com­fort of your Egyp­tian cot­ton while watch­ing early-riser skiers charge down the moun­tain. MORN­ING A lux­u­ri­ous soak at Scan­di­nave Spa is a restora­tive es­sen­tial fol­low­ing an in­tense ski day. Lo­cated in­side the emer­ald splen­dour of a spruce and cedar for­est, Scan­di­nave is like a lovely, pic­turesque vil­lage, with hot and cold pools and a steam room scented with eu­ca­lyp­tus. Com­plete the cir­cuit sev­eral times, and sub­vert the “no talk­ing” rule by mur­mur­ing sweet noth­ings un­der the ther­mal water­fall.

Next, take a shut­tle to Nita Lake Lodge for Whistler’s best cou­ples spa ex­pe­ri­ence. The Ila Cou­ples Con­nect pack­age is the al­pha and omega of treat­ments: The two-hour ex­trav­a­ganza in­cludes a body scrub with Hi­malayan salt crys­tals, a restora­tive Kun­dalini mas­sage and the sig­na­ture Ananda fa­cial. Post-bliss, take your or­ganic tea to the out­door hot tub to con­tem­plate your Zen state—and the happy fact of your now ra­di­ant, pore­less skin. (Warn­ing: Fall­ing in love with your fa­cial­ist is a risk that you must both ac­cept.) AF­TER­NOON Af­ter an in­evitable nap back at the Fair­mont, wan­der arm in arm through the vil­lage and browse gal­leries, jew­ellery bou­tiques and the charm­ing fam­ily-owned Arm­chair Books. Each De­cem­ber, the vil­lage hosts the Whistler Film Fes­ti­val (WFF), a ma­jor cel­e­bra­tion of movies that at­tracts in­ter­na­tional tal­ent and screens films at lo­cal the­atres. (This year, the WFF runs from De­cem­ber 3 to 7.) Catch an early-evening flick, and then stroll to your din­ing des­ti­na­tion: Araxi, which is spo­ken of by those who have ex­pe­ri­enced it with a breathy wonder usu­ally re­served for Bey­oncé su­per-fans. Part of the rea­son for Araxi’s stel­lar rep is that it com­bines a pi­o­neer­ing farm-to-ta­ble phi­los­o­phy with a stylish, clubby am­bi­ence—it’s the cool kid of Whistler din­ing. EVENING Start your night-on-the-town with chilled cham­pagne at the Oys­ter Bar, where more than a dozen briny va­ri­eties ar­rive fresh daily. Seafood is the star of the din­ner menu too, from the Asian­in­spired flavours of the Van­cou­ver Is­land Oc­to­pus with Toasted Se­same Seeds to the Two-Tier Seafood Tower, an In­sta-wor­thy se­lec­tion of mus­sels, tuna and shrimp served on a spec­tac­u­lar ice plat­ter. Fin­ish with the Val­rhona Choco­late Fon­dant topped with salted-caramel ice cream, or head back to the Fair­mont’s Mal­lard Lounge for a late-night choco­late fon­due for two—an ap­pro­pri­ately sweet fin­ish to a dreamy Whistler week­end. ■

Choose a spe­cial bot­tle from Araxi’s ex­ten­sive wine list.

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