International travel still looks risky this winter as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, leading many Canadians to look for ways to spend their vacations here at home.
It is a good thing that our country has many luxury hotels and resorts to relax on during this hard-earned vacation. Condé Nast Traveler the magazine released its ranking of Canada’s 10 best beach resorts, and they’re certainly all drool-worthy.
Many are located in Canada’s best natural areas, but we won’t judge if you spend the entire trip relaxing in this wonderful accommodation.
The iconic Banff Hot Springs Hotel is in 10th place with 90.86 out of 100 points on Conde Nastrating system. This chic space is nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and offers spectacular views of the peaks. Of course, its claim to fame lies in the hot-spring-fed pools where guests can comfortably swim outside, even in winter.
This 90.92-point Quebec ski destination offers summer hikes, spectacular fall foliage and some of the province’s most popular ski trails during the winter months. The Fairmont is a ski-in ski-out destination for a luxurious alpine getaway.
Whistler is Canada’s largest ski resort measured by ski terrain, and the Four Seasons is a chic choice for a getaway to British Columbia’s most popular mountain town. The Four Seasons scored 91 points with Conde Nast, where each large room has its own fireplace.
Leaping over Vancouver Island, this beautiful waterfront resort has 36 suites facing a tranquil marina on Saanich Inlet, just north of Victoria. It scored 91.6 points for its on-site restaurant, on-site spa, and beautiful surroundings. It’s just a short drive to Victoria Butterfly Gardens, the nearby hike to Goldstream Provincia Park and the new Malahat footbridge.
Perched on the shore of one of Canada’s most beautiful glacier-fed lakes, this castle-like hotel invites guests to sip cocktails while admiring the majestic peaks and the Victoria Glacier. This hotel scored 92.23 Condé Nast.
This hotel is conveniently located next to the Blackcomb and Whistler gondolas. Guests enjoy plenty of space as the entire hotel is made up of suites only. It has won the Best Ski Hotel in Canada at the World Ski Awards for eight consecutive years, and Conde Nast gave him 95 points.
Canada’s top 10 is full of properties in Whistler, and Nita Lake Lodge is another fabulous resort that scored 96.66 points with Conde Nast. This is a character mountain retreat offering captivating views of peaceful Lake Nita, an on-site patio and lounge and spa. It also pays special attention to locals by offering residents of British Columbia reduced rates.
Fairmont hotels often look like castles, but this one is more of a series of lakeside cabins. The main building manages to be equally luxurious in a breathtaking setting. You can paddle around Emerald Glacial Lake or explore the nearby trails on foot or by bike. This place is a favorite of celebrities, including the British Royal Family. Conde Nast gave him an impressive 97.76 points.
This magnificent Tofino resort on the shores of the Pacific Ocean offers its guests an experience that combines comfort and rugged beauty, earning 99.06 points of Conde Nast. Located near a coastal rainforest, the rocky Chesterman Beach property features one of the area’s best restaurants and a beachfront spa.
This spectacular hill station in British Columbia has taken Conde Nast‘s first place with 99.64 points. It’s right at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, with epic views of the village and snow capped peaks. You can spend your days skiing and hiking before relaxing in the hotel’s swimming pool, hot tub and spa.