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I AR­RIVE IN Van­cou­ver for my two-night stay at the JW Mar­riott Parq Van­cou­ver with loose plans: see some na­ture, eat my weight in sushi and go out some­where trendy at night. I just didn’t re­al­ize that I wouldn’t have to leave the ho­tel to make it all hap­pen. Opened late last year, Parq Van­cou­ver is the city’s an­swer to an up­scale des­ti­na­tion re­sort. The sprawl­ing com­plex in down­town Van­cou­ver in­cludes two ho­tels—the afore­men­tioned Mar­riott (Oprah re­port­edly stayed in one of its well-ap­pointed suites) and The Dou­glas, a bou­tique ho­tel with a dis­tinctly woodsy vibe—a two-floor casino, five restau­rants and enough event space to host mul­ti­ple Ital­ian wed­dings simu­lta­ne­ously. The over­all de­sign is de­cid­edly Van­cou­ver. Case in point: The casino and spa, both places that are tra­di­tion­ally known for hav­ing dim light­ing and a co­coon­ing ef­fect that make you for­get there is an out­side world, are glo­ri­ously bright thanks to nat­u­ral light from the floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that also of­fer city and moun­tain views. Con­nect­ing the two ho­tels is a sixth-floor, 2,787-square-me­tre park com­plete with a small for­est of 200 pine trees. Af­ter din­ner at The Vic­tor (where the spe­cialty is seafood in all its de­lec­ta­ble forms), I cross the park to D/6, the rooftop bar at The Dou­glas, for a night­cap. By the time I leave, the lineup for a seat snakes all the way from the en­trance to the ho­tel el­e­va­tors. I’ll be plan­ning an­other trip soon; I hear there are one or two things to do out­side the ho­tel as well. VIC­TO­RIA DIPLACIDO

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