We found the most blissful holiday destination in Vancouver

Dec 2 2019, 1:48 pm

It’s official: the holiday season is finally underway. By now, your calendar is filling up with parties, events, catch-ups with friends, and everything in between.

Amid all of the festive cheer and gift shopping, it’s easy to forget about scheduling time for self-care, to take a break from the hustle and bustle. At the back of your mind, you’re thinking about a vacation, but you might not be able to take much time off work.

Don’t worry — we know just the remedy.

The beauty of living in Canada is the choice of exploring all the other beautiful cities this country has to offer. If you’re looking for the ultimate blissful break — amongst lush rainforests, a milder climate, and ski-hills galore — Vancouver should be on the top of your list. And there’s no better place to relax in luxury and indulge in some of the West Coast’s top cuisine than at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. 

After spending the day at this West Georgia Street haven downtown, it became very clear to us that this is more than a hotel: it’s a holiday paradise, filled with everything you need to relax and unwind this season. With that in mind, here’s how you can craft the perfect holiday itinerary at this Vancouver destination.

Start with an exclusive spa facial

Facial at CHI, The Spa/@theworkinggirl

Winter is coming — which is great for our seasonal wardrobe, but not so much for our skin. At CHI, The Spa you can give your skin the TLC it deserves with a Codage Designer Custom Facial. The spa is the only place in Canada where you’ll find Codage — a high-end, award-winning French skincare brand dedicated to vegan and cruelty-free custom serums.

When you meet your beauty therapist at the spa, they’ll create a custom treatment that targets all your desires and needs and provide tips on how to care for your skin post-facial. While your clay mask is setting, you’ll get a hand, arm, and head massage so therapeutic you might drift into a light sleep. Book your Codage Designer Custom Facial now to experience this absolute magic.

To complement your holiday wellness experience, take your treatment to the next level with add-on options such as the Private Infinity bath or the Eucalyptus steam. Enjoy a revitalizing soak while the bath illuminates with lights based on your chakras!

Indulge in the finest afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea/Leila Kwok

There’s nothing we enjoy more than afternoon tea, and Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver takes it to a new sensory experience. Escape the monotony of everyday life this season and make a reservation for Fireside Afternoon Tea in the tranquil urban oasis of the hotel’s lobby, with live music from Vancouver-based pianist, Perry Dickison, in the background.

This marks the first time the Vancouver hotel is hosting a week-long festive-themed afternoon tea with bookings available December 16 to 23, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. We were lucky enough to get a taste of the delectable delights prepared by the hotel’s executive chef Ken Nakano and his team, and we can tell you that each morsel is better than the next.

Afternoon Tea/Leila Kwok

Do yourself a favour and try everything on the lavish afternoon tea tower, especially the Winter Truffled Mushroom Craquelin with Aged Balsamic, and the Cranberry Opera Cake with Valrhona Chocolate — you’ll be in sweet and savoury heaven. The tea list features O5 Tea options from BC to Taiwan so you’ll be spoiled for choice! Fireside Afternoon Tea costs $85 per person (including tax and tip), and you’ll even receive a little leaving gift.

Make New Year’s Eve memorable at MARKET by Jean-Georges

Soy Braised Short Ribs at MARKET by Jean-Georges/Leila Kwok

Memorable dining experiences make the holiday season even more magical. And if there’s one thing you should add to your foodie bucket list, it’s the New Year’s Eve special event at MARKET by Jean-Georges. Since the restaurant is closing on January 1, this is the perfect way to spend one last evening with culinary master Jean-Georges.

New Year’s Eve at MARKET by Jean-Georges/Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

Prepare to be blown away by the menu which features a selection of the Jean-Georges’ greatest global-inspired dishes of all time. Think Butternut Squash and Chestnut Soup, Braised Octopus, Crusted Ahi Tuna, Blood Orange Granita, Slow-Baked Halibut, Soy-Braised Short Ribs, a Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar, and more mouthwatering options.

Dinner will be served in two sittings, starting at $120 per person. Be sure to book your spot online soon or by calling 604-695-1115.

Sleep in serenity and snooze your alarm

This season is the perfect time to pack your bags for a much-needed festive vacation to reboot ahead of the Christmas rush. Experience an intimate stay at the hotel with a holiday package including a room and breakfast for two, starting at $265 per night.

Since the hotel is located just steps from the city’s luxury shopping district, it’s easy to do a spot of shopping if you feel like it. Let’s be real, it’s been a long year and everyone deserves some R&R this holiday season.

Don’t delay scheduling your “me” time. Visit Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver now to book your stay and enter the promo code HDAY19 to get a special holiday rate. We hope you have the most incredible, restorative experience.